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In my ex­pe­ri­ence as an ex-mil­i­tary per­son, if any­one had a med­i­cal prob­lem they were dis­charged be­cause they are not suit­able for ser­vice. So why are trans­gen­der peo­ple treated dif­fer­ently? It would cer­tainly af­fect their ser­vice. Brian Do­herty, Been­leigh, Qld

It’s in­ter­est­ing that West­pac chief ex­ec­u­tive Brian Hartzer has shared his sup­port for SSM with his staff (“CEO’s staff email backs gay mar­riage”, 13/10). If we take the po­si­tion that no re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tion should im­pose moral judg­ments on the de­ci­sions of the state, then surely we can ap­ply that to sport­ing and com­mer­cial in­sti­tu­tions such as West­pac and its chief. Joanne Keane, New Gis­borne, Vic

The banks may be usu­ri­ous but we shouldn’t be too harsh. They are great sup­port­ers of the LGBTI move­ment, so they should be cut a lit­tle slack. Be­sides, cus­tomers are prob­a­bly white, male ho­mo­phobes. Frank Puls­ford, As­p­ley, Qld

De­spite hur­ri­canes, floods, fires and mas­sacres, the US has the low­est un­em­ploy­ment rate in 43 years. The Don­ald Trump haters must be pray­ing for a plague of lo­custs. J.D. Harding, East­wood, NSW

Mark Twain’s “never let school­ing in­ter­fere with one’s ed­u­ca­tion” is re­flected in Paul Mor­ris­sey’s crit­i­cism of too much fo­cus on the util­ity of ed­u­ca­tion (“We need an ed­u­ca­tion in wis­dom, not spe­cious buzz­words”, 13/10). Steve Ngeow, Chatswood, NSW

How a pho­to­graph of an anony­mous to­p­less wo­man can cre­ate such a furore is amaz­ing. Why would any wo­man al­low her­self to be pho­tographed to­p­less by an AFL player and then be sur­prised it went vi­ral? She should take re­spon­si­bil­ity for her ac­tions. Bev­er­ley Crisp, South Perth, WA

Fifty years ago, ev­ery star­let knew about the cast­ing couch. John Clark, Bur­radoo, NSW

The Aus­tralian En­ergy Mar­ket Com­mis­sion has not let the strate­gic re­serve mech­a­nism ex­pire (“Rush to se­cure back-up power for sum­mer”, 13/10). We’ve made the mech­a­nism per­ma­nent. We made a new rule in June last year to ex­tend the re­li­a­bil­ity and emer­gency re­serve trader in­def­i­nitely af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­quest from the COAG En­ergy Coun­cil to ex­tend it to June 2019. Anne Pear­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive, AEMC, Syd­ney, NSW

In my let­ter pub­lished on Fri­day, I orig­i­nally wrote: “I don’t be­lieve that the case for dan­ger­ous warm­ing has been made, nor do I ac­cept that more warm­ing would be net harm­ful.” This was edited to: “The case for dan­ger­ous warm­ing has been made. I do not ac­cept ...” Michael Cun­ning­ham, West End, Qld

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