The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

I am as­ton­ished to see how many read­ers are into virtue sig­nalling over the case of Saudi woman Ra­haf Mo­ham­mad al-Qu­nun. The first ques­tion I asked my­self was, she is in a safe coun­try, Thai­land, so why doesn’t she ask for asy­lum there? Why this ob­ses­sion with asy­lum­seek­ing in Western coun­tries only? Sasha Verma, Perth, WA Now that the UNHCR has de­clared the Saudi teenager to be a refugee, I ex­pect that au­gust body, along with oth­ers who like to wrap them­selves in hu­man­i­tar­ian com­pas­son­ista colours will be an­nounc­ing the same pro­tec­tive sta­tus for Chris­tian Pak­istani woman, Asia Bibi. Stephanie Mil­lar, Cre­morne, NSW I am sure many refugees anx­ious to mi­grate here are coura­geous, in­de­pen­dent thinkers and who would be great achiev­ers but lack the skills to ma­nip­u­late so­cial me­dia. Derek Scales, Phillip Is­land, Vic While we may show com­pas­sion in grant­ing the Saudi teenager a visa on hu­man­i­tar­ian grounds, we are likely to be in­un­dated with oth­ers who have sim­i­lar prob­lems. Leo Vilen­sky, Cas­tle Cove, NSW Lawyers say Aus­tralia can­not re­voke Neil Prakash’s cit­i­zen­ship if it ren­ders him state­less, hence the fo­cus on his Fiji ori­gins. But he left Aus­tralia to take up arms with Is­lamic State. Com­mon sense says this passes to them the le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity for his cit­i­zen­ship. Ian Bryce, Rozelle, NSW “When you’re sid­ing with neo-Nazis, you’re on the wrong side”, tweets Bill Shorten, re­fer­ring to Fraser An­ning. La­bor sup­port­ers of neo-Nazis in Pales­tine should be re­minded of the gospel of Matthew: “Thou hyp­ocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Ge­orge Fish­man, Vau­cluse, NSW Con­grat­u­la­tions for pub­lish­ing the ar­ti­cle on Venezuela (“Maduro’s mates may help save Venezuela”, 11/1). Of sig­nif­i­cance for Aus­tralia is the im­por­tance of not tin­ker­ing with the sepa­ra­tion of pow­ers be­tween the ju­di­ciary and other arms of gov­ern­ment. As the ar­ti­cle points out, the ju­di­ciary of Venezuela has be­come an obe­di­ent ser­vant to the regime in power. Maduro’s mates will need to save the ju­di­ciary be­fore they can save Venezuela. Peter R. Tre­denick, Padding­ton, Qld Diana Vale (Last Post, 10/1) de­spairs that our Test crick­eters are be­ing crit­i­cised for their per­for­mance and sug­gests that en­cour­age­ment would be more ef­fec­tive. How does “well done lads, you did your best but were beaten by a bet­ter team, any­way it’s only a game” sound? Test cricket isn’t played by kids at the lo­cal park, this is the na­tional team. De­nis Mered­ith, Bella Vista, NSW

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