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Superannuation pool has already been drained, PM

Sean Kelly (“Albanese gets his story straight”, May 16) underlines an age-old dictum that actions speak louder than words. In Morrison’s case, inaction overturns a law of physics in that for once inaction will produce an opposite and equal reaction – next Saturday when the electorate dumps his government. Fred Jansohn, Rose Bay

I agree with Sean Kelly, it was refreshing to hear our would-be PM answer so succinctly, “Absolutely.” Conversely, if Morrison was really a bulldozer he would have shown us a clear path to the future, with those glass ceilings smashed and vulnerable people not living in fear of a forced handshake during a disaster. But what we are left with is just another poor marketing trick. Like a bulldozer, it just won’t fly. Geoff Nilon, Mascot

I agree with Sean Kelly that Scott Morrison uses his self-confessed bulldozing behaviour to stifle opposition to his inaction, rather than to push through progressive policy change. Gordon Lambert, Kiama Downs

Sean Kelly nailed it when he contended that Anthony Albanese with one word, “absolutely”, changed from a stuttering politician to an advocate for the real people. The feature of the Morrison government, besides being dragged kicking and screaming to manage the pandemic, and then only passing most of the responsibility to the states, has been to do nothing. Unlike the smirk and mirrors on offer from the government, Albanese and his talented support team do have plans for working people. Max Redmayne, Drummoyne

As Sean Kelly points out, what Morrison did not do is not mentioned, so there’s nothing to take responsibility for. It is hard to find the mental energy necessary to decode Morrison’s labyrinthine meanderings. Mark Porter, New Lambton

We should note that Morrison’s promise to change is just words. Instead of judging who deserves our vote based on what they say in the last week of the campaign, we should consider their actions over the past several years. And the evidence is that despite all his words, Morrison won’t change. He’ll just do what he’s always done – nothing. And then he’ll blame someone else. David Rush, Lawson

Several of my past letters have been critical or poked fun at Morrison, Abbott and Dutton. I promise to be kinder in the future to these MADmen. Oops, sorry, it seems I just can’t help myself, and I suspect it’s the same with Scotty. Joan Brown, Orange

A safe seat equals poor service

The identification of the Illawarra as one of the worst-performing assets in the rail network is not surprising (“Public transport revenue ‘stagnating’ as costs mount”, May 16). Few trains, (especially out of peak times), unreliable timetables, fewer stops at local stations, stations left unsupervised and poor car parking leave potential commuters looking elsewhere (generally to cars). Provide a proper service and commuters will come (our road and traffic problems in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra are even worse). But my wish to be a swinging seat with loads of pork-barrelling remains unheeded. We remain forgotten. Janice Creenaune, Austinmer

Considering projected population increases, traffic gridlock, deteriorating city air quality and greenhouse gas commitments, everything possible should be done to encourage more commuters onto public transport. A levy on vehicles entering the CBDs and increased parking fees could generate revenue to subsidise public transport. What should not be done is to increase fares. Overcrowding due to increased patronage during peak periods could be alleviated by increasing the length of the off-peak period to say 9.30am to 4pm and further reduce the off-peak fare. Public transport is an essential service and should never be expected to earn considerable revenue. Geoff Harding, Chatswood

On a road to congestion

The pleas of federal MP Jason Falinski wanting re-election by promising a toll-free motorway to the northern beaches are exposed as self-serving, by his own argument (“Mackellar MP takes aim over toll locations”, May 16); people are fed up with the traffic congestion we have, even after the construction of many wonderful new urban motorways. He avoids the obvious, that it’s not urban motorways that reduce traffic congestion: efficient public transport does this. Selling off trains and buses to private operators, as his state party is hell-bent on doing, will rob this state of the deep investment in public transport that other cities worldwide have. He should be promising light rail, trains or more frequent public buses to solve the northern beaches’ road congestion. Barry Laing, Castle Cove

Wouldn’t it do more for the state to have a fast rail tunnel through the Blue Mountains than commit to an 11 kilometre road tunnel? Ivan Head, Burradoo

Want less of me? Elect me

Scott Morrison, a bulldozer who has vowed to change his ways, is now asking us to re-elect him so that he can stay out of our lives (“PM vows to stay out of voter’s lives. It might not be his decision”, May 16) This late construction of the real Scott Morrison reeks of desperation and he risks having his dogma run over by his karma. Lyn Savage, Coogee

Jacqueline Maley suggests Morrison first needs to get re-elected to get out of our lives. There is an alternative solution. Leo Oostveen, Murarrie (Qld)

Dishonorable member

Anthony Albanese says, “I believe [politics] is an honourable profession”. Bravo! (“Albanese’s agenda: Rebuild respect”, May 16). I am sure most people entering politics have honourable intentions. But to get ahead in a party branch, they soon find they need to join a faction and possibly organise a bit of branch-stacking. If they win preselection, they will need campaign money from someone. If their party is in government, and they are trying to win a marginal seat, they may rely on pork-barrelling to win. After they are elected, they may need to do “favours” for their financial backers. The result? Not very honourable politicians. Bring on a federal ICAC with teeth. Geoff Black, Caves Beach

You’ve made up my mind

My voting intentions were crystallised by the federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley, whose lawyers argued in the Sharma case that the federal government does not owe a duty of care to young people. I imagine that fails to resonate with most people. Those who have been affected by droughts, fires and floods of the past few years must have been rolling their eyes. Alison Sardelic, Daruka

Biloela and the Murugappan family (Letters, May 16) are the reasons I will be voting Labor. John McLachlan, Oatlands

Truth will shine out

This piece (“News Corp’s biased reporting ultimately backfires”, May 16) reflects the age-old Buddha truism that “three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth”. Steve Ngeow, Chatswood

Conservatism’s chasm

In August 1999, I cut out a letter to the Herald. Today I dug it out. It was written in response to an opinion piece by P. P. McGuiness. Here’s an excerpt: “The reason there is no real intellectual conservative movement in Australia is that, in conservatism, there is simply nothing to be intellectual about. Conservatism is what’s left over after you have stopped thinking. It’s the mental activity that takes place in the heads of people whose blood has cooled, whose passions have stilled and whose sole remaining goal is to ensure that everyone else makes the same rule-obeying decisions they have.” So, yes, it is time for the Biloela family to return home (Letters, May 16). Likewise, Julian Assange and others, including the writer of the letter, Sean Turnell, still in prison in Myanmar. Fiona Hibberd, North Ryde

In tune with Ukraine

Congratulations to Ukraine on Eurovision (“Ukraine the resounding winner of Eurovision”, May 16). I would love to play the song in Vladimir Putin’s ear 24 hours a day. I hope Eurovision invites Taiwan next year. Mokhles Sidden, South Strathfield

We have produced such global pop stars as Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, the Kid Laroi and INXS, so we should fare a bit better than 15th at Eurovision. Jeff Apter, Keiraville

Perhaps the sympathy vote determined Eurovision. Not the best act but great for a country needing some good news. Denis Suttling, Newport Beach

Shelter swelter

Our new bus shelter and seat have been installed (Postscript, May 14) but there are fewer seats and again, shade is minimal. Progress? Suzanne Wicks, Potts Point

Drug reform basics

Any drug reform must include nicotine delivery (Letters, May 16). Tobacco and second-hand smoke kill 20,000 Australians annually. There are safe, approved nicotine replacements (patches, gum, lozenges and sprays) that harm no one. Margaret Hogge, North Curl Curl

The digital view
Online comment from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday on
Morrison repositions himself with pitch to younger voters in final week of campaign
From Teximus Prime: In terms of campaign strategy, this is a master stroke. Only a week to go and ScoMo will capture the short attention span of the young voter. Will they vote for self interested reasons and forget their angst over things like climate change? If this bloke was anywhere near as good at being PM as he is at running election campaigns the country would be in great shape. Unfortunately he is not. Not by a long way.

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