Asylum-seekers in detention should be treated in situ
The medivac asylum-seeker question makes me wonder what kind of unusual medical conditions afflict asylum-seekers on Nauru that average Nauruans don’t also suffer and why can’t they be handled in the same way at Nauru’s hospital? Don’t ordinary Nauruans have heart attacks, broken bones or give birth from time to time?
And in the case of the stomach pains that turned out to be constipation, what does that say about the diagnostic skills of the treating doctor? It’s time this medical evacuation of asylum-seekers was identified as the medico-activist hoax it is. Jim Ball, Narrabeen, NSW This bill provided for two medical practitioners to recommend that a refugee on Nauru or Manus be brought to Australia for treatment. The minister had the power to block the transfer but would be required to provide reasons to parliament. Isn’t that a fair and reasonable step to take to alleviate the situation of refugees in these offshore centres?
Is the plight of these hapless individuals of no interest to the federal government? Remember that in applying for asylum, these people have not committed any crime. It is their right under international law to make such applications. Robin Rothfield, Alphington, Vic
It’s possible to accept that climate change occurs but not subscribe to the view that it is anthropogenic. Grapes were grown in Britain when the Romans invaded, and centuries later the Thames froze over and people could skate from bank to bank.
Others have researched and reported on prehistoric climate change. The forecast relationship between CO2 and temperature has been shown to be flawed, but doomsayers continue to take the ascendancy and high ground, promoting criticism of a rationalist understanding of nature, and diverting intellectual energy and resources to a futile cause. Efforts would be better directed at population control and reforestation as a means of offsetting the effects of our modern civilisation. Peter Quinn, Esk, Qld Perhaps we should have a royal commission into climate change so that we can have the authority of a powerful public document to form the basis of government policy on the issue.
If nothing else, it would be good to have proponents and opponents on the issue subject to cross-examination to try and establish the strength and weakness of their positions. Kirk Wilson, Berowra, NSW
Blame bank boards
Fining banks is not the answer given that banks preserve the wealth of millions of Australians. Corruption and bad behaviour by banks is caused by management, governing boards and individuals within the banking sys- tem. Penalties must be directed at managers and boards. Their salaries, way beyond the dreams of most citizens, need cutting back to realistic levels. Hard work keeping the bastards honest usually works. Prue Leeming, Mount Claremont, WA
Groupthink in teaching
It is time to redefine education and what we want for our children. It does not help having a group of children parading with signs complaining that Australia is not sending itself to the poor house quickly enough in the name of vagaries in the weather.
Then Mark Chapman (Letters, 7/12) tells us these children have a better grasp of climate change than many adults. Surely the point is these children have been indoctrinated by Marxists masquerading as teachers. We would be better served if teachers taught children how to think, not what to think. But many teachers appear to be incapable of moving beyond Marxist groupthink. Mal Clarke, Morphett Vale, SA