Pol­icy with­out rea­son

The Saturday Paper - - Letters & Editorial -

For fans of ul­tra-black hu­mour, Michael West’s ac­count of the tax breaks given to banks as pun­ish­ment for sys­tem­atic fraud, and Chris­tian Porter’s con­tor­tions to fend off a fed­eral cor­rup­tion com­mis­sion, com­bined with for­mer prime minister Mal­colm Turn­bull’s Great Bar­rier Reef Foun­da­tion, need to be con­sid­ered along­side the present gov­ern­ment’s de­mand for un­tram­melled ac­cess to en­crypted cor­re­spon­dence by close of busi­ness this year (Mike Sec­combe, “Watch­dog whis­tle”; Karen Mid­dle­ton, “Un­der data’s or­ders”, De­cem­ber 1–7). Some­thing akin to a rev­er­sal of our planet’s po­lar­i­ties seems to be hap­pen­ing to hu­man logic, and it’s re­as­sur­ing that our lead­ers are right be­hind the US lead­er­ship in aim­ing to ex­ploit this de­vel­op­ment.

– John Hay­ward, Wee­gena, Tas

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