The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

I find it some­what bizarre that the High Court is blamed by a num­ber of your let­ter writers for fail­ing to be ad­ven­tur­ist in its de­ci­sion. It has in­ter­preted the Con­sti­tu­tion in a clear, le­gal­is­tic man­ner and in ac­cord with most, if not all, con­sti­tu­tional le­gal ex­perts. Jim Laf­fer, Bassendean, WA

The High Court has en­gen­dered a le­gal ab­sur­dity — the ridicu­lous idea that the black let­ters of our Con­sti­tu­tion mean a politi­cian can hold al­le­giance to a for­eign power with­out knowl­edge or con­sent. Robert Tulip, Fraser, ACT

It’s far worse than dual cit­i­zen­ship for an MP to ac­cept do­na­tions from a for­eign na­tional. Anne Di Lauro, The Gap, Qld

All MPs are hold­ing an of­fice of profit un­der the Crown, and are there­fore in­el­i­gi­ble un­der the Con­sti­tu­tion. Gra­ham John­son, Dut­ton Park, Qld

If the No-vote MPs get to write same-sex mar­riage laws, then athe­ists like me should teach at Sun­day school. Han Yang, North Tur­ra­murra, NSW

The de­struc­tion of South Aus­tralia’s Port Au­gusta power sta­tion is van­dal­ism of a pub­lic as­set (“Last coal plant turns out the lights”, 10/11). I urge SA read­ers to place the pho­tos on their fridges to re­mind them why their elec­tric­ity bills are so high and why their fridges aren’t work­ing when we have the black­outs we’ll have to have. Maris Dabars, Mur­ray Bridge, SA

If there is any jus­tice, the SA govern­ment’s chances at the next elec­tion should fol­low the Port Au­gusta power sta­tion into the dust, but there’s a sense that elec­tors have be­come com­fort­able with their benev­o­lent masters who, in turn, are re­laxed that the com­mon­wealth will con­tinue un­der­write its short­falls. It’s time the peo­ple’s repub­lic of SA threw off its leaner tag and joined the lifters. Kim Keogh, East Fre­man­tle, WA

Paul Tooker (Let­ters, 10/11) sug­gested an amal­ga­ma­tion of the two main par­ties un­der the name of Short­bull. I sug­gest the name be amended to Bull­short al­low­ing, when re­quired, a mi­nor change to its in­flec­tion. John Mitchell, Grovedale, Vic

Stu­art Davie (Let­ters, 10/11), is right to de­ride Syd­ney’s at­tempt to dis­place the Mel­bourne Cup by the weight of money al­lo­cated to the six­fur­long Ever­est. If I can be for­given for a small lib­erty, Banjo Pater­son would have poured scorn on the idea: Your six-fur­long ver­min that scam­per/ Half a mile with their feath­er­weight up/ They wouldn’t earn much of their damper/ In a race like the great Mel­bourne Cup. Terry Birch­ley, Bund­aberg, Qld

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