Social climbers destroy beach culture
What a great article by Amy Harris (“Avo look at this: How Bondi turned into laughing stock”, 11/6). It was spot on.
Bondi was a special place and still is to a select few who still live in the area. It’s not so much the beach but more so the people we grew up with, the blue-collar workers and down-to-earth people who made this place special, not the society’s elite and social wannabes who inhabit the area now.
Only thing with the article was I had to Google to find out who Dan Single is. Many worthy people deserve the title of unofficial mayor of Bondi, ex-lifeguard and Bondi legend Harry Nightingale or H as he is known, John O’Sullivan, who has done so much for surf culture at Bondi, or Lawrie Williams with his PhD in Bondi history, or maybe Shannon Hardaker. SHANE WILSON
REVIEW CRITERIA FOR WAR PENSIONS
I read with interest Annika Smethurst’s story on the issuing of gold cards to young foreign women and would like to tell you my mum’s story (“Battle over rush of foreign war widows”, 11/6).
Mum and Dad were dinky-di Australians. They were married for 70 years and both were hardworking. Dad served in the Australian Army from 1941 to 1946, where he had three tours to PNG and was on the Kokoda Track.
In December 2013 he was crossing a road and was struck and killed by a car. Dad was a gold card holder, so Mum applied for a gold card not long after his death and, after numerous interviews and a long process, she went to an Administrative Appeals Tribunal to try to get the gold card she deserved. On June 5 this year, she was granted the card.
She was told she had a very slim hope of getting a gold card when she applied but she persisted and along with an army solicitor and an outstanding barrister, she prevailed after 3 ½ years. It appears that young foreign women seem to be able to get a gold card just about immediately, which is completely wrong after what my mum had to go through.
I commend you for bringing this to the public’s attention and do hope there is a review of the eligibility criteria for foreign women. RAY DAVIS
CUT PAYMENTS TO FOREIGN WIDOWS
Regarding foreign women claiming Australian war widow pensions through de facto status, I want to know why Australian pensioners have their pension suspended if they leave the country for more than six weeks. Yet the women in the report, who are neither citizens nor live in the country, receive the war veteran pensions with no questions asked. Can someone please explain that to me? ALEXANDRA
CREDLIN IS BETTER THAN POLITICIANS
We need Peta Credlin to be given the opportunity to stand as a conservative representative (“Let’s pause in a minute of silence for Saudi hypocrisy”, 11/6). She speaks with far more honesty, intelligence and is held in greater esteem than many of our current conservative representatives. She has the courage to put in words what most Australians believe. VAL MITCHELL
SAUDI SANCTIONS SHEER HYPOCRISY
Another excellent article by Peta Credlin. Let’s not forget that the majority of the 9/11 terrorists were of Saudi nationality, and now they have the audacity to place sanctions with other Middle Eastern countries against Qatar for so-called support of terrorism. Hypocrisy at its highest level. RICHARD BROWN
HANSON GAINS ON SOFT TOLERANCE
Well written articles by Peta Credlin and Piers Akerman on extremism and the problems resulting from our being ridiculously tolerant.
Whenever I have travelled to another country, I have always respected their laws and customs. But it only seems to go in one direction with some, especially after the London terror attack and the Saudi team’s reaction. I think I speak for most Australians when I say we want our politicians to show more guts, and stop putting up with nonsense. This is why Pauline Hanson is gaining power. ROBERT OCVIRK
DUMP CORBYN AND ALL HIS CRONIES
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party was soundly beaten in the British elections (“May to fight on as rivals gather”, 11/6).
Corbyn and co will be gracing the opposition benches for another five years. Many folks seem to forget that only a couple of years ago Labour under Ed Miliband was overwhelming favourite, according to all the polls, to win a huge victory over David Cameron’s conservatives.
Mr Corbyn lost the election. Talk of his great “triumph” is just silly twaddle. Coalition governments are not at all uncommon. Indeed in many countries they are the norm. The British Labour Party needs to recognise the election result for the loss it was and dump Mr Corbyn and his cronies.
BILL ANDERSON SURREY HILLS VIC
CORBY’S REALITY ROLE IS CRIMINAL
My anger cannot be expressed in words after reading that Schapelle Corby could be on a TV reality show (“Corby’s new reality as a Brit TV star”, 11/6).
She is convicted of a crime and then within two weeks of release is on her way to what everybody else has to work their butts off to achieve. Surely it has to be a joke.
J. JONES TEA GARDENS