SHORT & SWEET

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION OURS & YOURS -

GWEN: I am now age­ing and re­alise there is noth­ing I can add to the de­bate ex­cept to be sorry for my coun­try (Piers Ak­er­man: “We must de­stroy all ji­hadis, with­out mercy”, 11/6). We have no hope against the in­fil­tra­tion of those who favour ac­cept­ing all ap­pli­cants on face value in­stead of ask­ing deeper ques­tions. Aus­tralian cit­i­zen­ship should never have been given away af­ter 12 months in this coun­try. ROD­ER­ICK: I travel a lot to Mus­lim coun­tries, and al­ways ob­serve their cus­toms while be­ing a guest in their coun­try (Peta Credlin: “Let’s pause in a minute of si­lence for Saudi hypocrisy”, 11/6). How­ever, it just has to work both ways. They were guests in ours. It isn’t hard to sound racist when such a bla­tant ges­ture is waved at us. Hav­ing just been to a na­tion where Western ladies wear head­scarves as a courtesy, I ap­plaud Mrs Trump for do­ing things her way. They can live with it, and did. BEEB: The erad­i­ca­tion of small­pox is tes­ti­mony to the ab­so­lute ef­fec­tive­ness of vac­ci­na­tion (Jane Hansen: “Any­one herd of sci­ence?”, 11/6). Ideals get­ting in the way of in­tel­li­gence, putting in­no­cent lives at risk. JIM: The anti-vaxxers are like many other fringe/ loony groups, but most of the other groups do not harm ba­bies and chil­dren. In over 40 years work­ing in dis­abil­ity/spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion with sev­eral thou­sand peo­ple (chil­dren and adults) hav­ing very im­paired de­vel­op­ment and func­tion, I have met only one child who had a ver­i­fied re­ac­tion to the stan­dard vac­ci­na­tion in early child­hood.

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