The Saturday Paper

Let the sunlight in


Your editorial rightly highlighte­d Scott Morrison’s unpreceden­ted use of secrecy and celebrated the win by Rex Patrick in the Federal Court exposing the “faux” national cabinet (“You call that a cabinet?”, August 7-13). But Morrison’s government has other form. In 2019, it raided the ABC and the home of a journalist, prompting The New York Times to run the headline, “Australia May Well Be the World’s Most Secretive Democracy”. More recently, The Australia Institute called the 2020-21 budget the least transparen­t on record, with 384 secret items. Governing by secrecy is at best a sign of incompeten­t leadership, and at worst a symptom of corruption. Given robo-debt, the Leppington Triangle, the sports and car park rorts, the treasurer’s $60 billion Jobkeeper miscalcula­tion, and the resistance on ICAC, it’s possibly both. Bring on a summer election. As United States Supreme Court judge Louis D. Brandeis once said, “Sunlight is the greatest disinfecta­nt.”

– Ray Peck, Hawthorn, Vic

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