The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

The Left were ra­bid in op­po­si­tion to a visit by anti-Is­lam speaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but we now see Greens se­na­tor Sarah Han­son-Young seek­ing the high moral ground about Aus­tralia not be­ing quick enough to take in a Saudi girl who re­nounced Is­lam. This is Greens’ virtues-ig­nalling de­void of prin­ci­ple. Peter Sesterka, Hawker, ACT The next time a Saudi woman shows up in Bangkok re­quest­ing asy­lum I’ll bet Thai po­lice seize both her pass­port and her iPhone. Thos Puck­ett, Ash­grove, Qld The only rea­son mil­len­ni­als are ob­sessed with cli­mate change, asy­lum-seek­ers and trans­gen­der rights, Dale El­lis (Let­ters, 14/1), is that they live in a fool’s par­adise, a place of eco­nomic growth, so­cial wel­fare, free speech and gov­ern­mentsup­plied ed­u­ca­tion, med­i­cal treat­ment and high em­ploy­ment. It’s a fool’s par­adise that mil­len­ni­als ig­nore at their demo­cratic peril. Tess Driver, Aldinga Beach, SA Greens leader Richard Di Natale says Aus­tralia Day rep­re­sents an act of dis­pos­ses­sion, an act of theft. If he was a man of prin­ci­ple wouldn’t he give his prop­erty back? Jack Son­ne­mann, Lu­cas­ton, Tas Pill test­ing re­sults would be highly sus­pect. Who will be li­able when a per­son dies after tak­ing an il­le­gal sub­stance that test­ing has cleared? What will be the next il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity that so­ci­ety will be asked to test as a harm min­imi­sa­tion pro­to­col? Tony Hen­nessy, Casino, NSW Deaths from il­licit pills are a known risk to our youth. Gov­ern­ments can and should act to mit­i­gate the risk. Like­wise, those who choose to buy il­le­gal pills should take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions. After all, they fund vi­o­lent groups that care only for them­selves and their prof­its. The so­lu­tion is a user-pays sys­tem where those who make a choice to con­sume un­known sub­stances can also de­cide what their life is po­ten­tially worth. Mark Hol­land, Gun­gahlin, ACT I will never un­der­stand why a young per­son would pur­chase any pill from a com­plete stranger and in­gest it. Mike Mitchell, As­cot, Qld It is hard to un­der­stand how an in­de­pen­dent politi­cian can anoint a suc­ces­sor (“Indi can­di­dates put their cred­i­bil­ity on line”, 14/1). It is even harder to see how an in­de­pen­dent con­tender can be cho­sen as the can­di­date for a group. Let con­fu­sion be con­founded in all its forms as we ap­proach the next elec­tion. David Mor­ri­son, Spring­wood, NSW What a plea­sure to see this year’s higher-ranked Aus­tralian ten­nis play­ers as po­lite, cheer­ful, good sports rather than the pouty, petu­lant, lazy and un­der-per­form­ing “stars” we’ve had in the re­cent past. Ken Barnes, Glen Iris, Vic

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