The Saturday Paper

Set Australia to rights

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However squalid, the preselecti­on mud fight in the NSW Liberals also reflects a deeper ethical malaise in the nation’s politics (Karen Middleton, “Inside the Liberal Party’s open warfare”, February 5-11). Not only is the country alone among developed democracie­s in refusing to adopt a bill of rights, but its present government seems to be steadily abandoning even pretences of allegiance to the concept of integrity. At the very least, Australia’s parliament can finally disclose the minimum class of maritime arrival that can ever be legally adjudged to be consistent with classifica­tion as a human being.

– John Hayward, Weegena, Tas

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