The right stuff

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At a time when politi­cians of all per­sua­sions seem rud­der­less, it was great to read about An­drew Hastie (“For God and coun­try”, Sep 23-24), a young politi­cian of con­vic­tion who can speak cred­i­bly, in­tel­li­gently and with au­thor­ity about his core be­liefs. He stands up for th­ese be­liefs rather than hid­ing be­hind po­lit­i­cally cor­rect, fo­cus group-driven gob­bledy­gook. His story speaks to a gen­uine blend of courage and em­pa­thy. For me, he has the right stuff. Tony Bald­win Wights Moun­tain, Qld If An­drew Hastie be­lieves the wel­fare of chil­dren is linked to mar­riage, maybe he should con­duct a sur­vey of the chil­dren in state or fos­ter care. The ma­jor­ity would have a mother and fa­ther, the ideal sit­u­a­tion ac­cord­ing to Hastie. Hav­ing two peo­ple who love each other is the safest en­vi­ron­ment for a child. Chris Pot­ter Gold Coast, Qld Gem­mell’s piece on ac­tiv­ity ver­sus in­ac­tiv­ity (“The mod­ern curse”, Sep 23-24). Safety is an il­lu­sion. Dan­ger is a re­al­ity. We need some courage against the car, the bike and stranger dan­ger, but also he­li­copter par­ent­ing, be­ing risk-averse and us­ing ap­pli­ances “at the touch of a but­ton”. Arthur Giannopou­los Mitcham, SA

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