The Saturday Paper

The Coalition shows its values

- – John Hayward, Weegena, Tas

Karen Middleton’s story of the federal government’s challenge to the South Australian royal commission on water theft suggests the Coalition has apprentice­d itself to a mentor in the White House (“High Court challenge to Walker inquiry threatens federation”, (August 4–10). From a distance, the government looks like it is attempting an obstructio­n of justice, while also sowing dysfunctio­n. On the same page, Mike Seccombe describes the Coalition’s developmen­t of a racial/ethnic/ sectarian dog whistle that is audible at long range and all frequencie­s. From such things we can at least make inferences about official Australian values.

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