The Weekend Australian - Review
Cathy Freeman’s win at the Olympics was a win most Aussies will remember with pride (“The race that changed Australia”, 12-13/9). Not because she came from a certain racial group but simply because she was a talented Australian. Yes, she made a claim that her victory was also the victory for all Aboriginal people. She was entitled to display that emotion. She earned it … Merit alone carried Cathy through. Her ethnicity did not get her the win — her diligence and talent did. Extract from comment by Ronald, Review online
Hands off my scone
I read Country Women’s Association judge Nelleke Gorton’s “How to Bake a Perfect Scone” (12-13/9) and emitted a dry laugh. (Yikes, don’t mention “scones” and “dry” in the one sentence!) I’ll add this recipe to the 27 recipes already stashed away for the “perfect scone” — perhaps this one will bring home the bacon.
Woke warriors, worrisome The worst part is, academia is losing its standing in the Western world because it doesn’t allow anyone outside of a prescribed narrative to have an opinion, even if it is evidence-based (“You can’t cancel me”, 12-13/9). This modus operandi will only add to societies’ distrust of academia and ultimately to a dumbing down of a society they claim they wish to educate. A woke echo chamber is the last thing the pursuit of truth needs.
Comment from Jim,
I lived in Asia for a decade; my wife is Asian and my son halfhalf. He found racism both over there and over here, and also found good friends in both countries. I encountered some racism over there and my wife gets a little bit here. People are tribal by nature. In the arts if you are really good then you will eventually break through (“Spotlight on OzAsia Festival artistic director Annette Shun Wah”, 12-13/9). The latest woke movies are largely doing badly [at the] box office; although ticking every PC box, few want to see them. Video might have killed the radio star but woke corporations are killing creative arts.
Comment from Gary,
Before moving to Canberra (“This (Wednesday) Life”, 1213/9) in 1990 from Sydney the myth was “you only lived in Canberra to further your career”, usually in the public service or military — I was neither. In the six years I lived in Canberra I enjoyed it immensely. Wide streets, readable street signage, the war museum, Floriade, excellent restaurants and the beautiful lake, to name a few. Many of those forced to Canberra returned willingly in their retirement.
Tamborine Mountain, Qld
The writer of September’s best letter will win a $500 voucher for Sydney Seaplanes.