Peter Dutton needs to finish divisions? Right here’s how he can begin

Caught on the extremes
If we ever wanted a transparent message that our local weather is uncontrolled, the previous few days in East Gippsland has offered it (“Alerts pour in as fires give method to floods”, 5/10). What would have performed because the opening scene of a science fiction film 40 years in the past now leads our day by day information bulletins. Our overheated environment doesn’t appear to know what it needs to be doing. For good measure, the continent’s dominant climate drivers, the El Niño and Indian Ocean Dipole, appear to be in lockstep. This has us trapped in a rotation of a lot too scorching and dry or a lot too moist. With out very a lot of the climate being excellent, Goldilocks is likely to be going with out her lie-down for some time but.
John Mosig, Kew

Tipping level
It was miserable to learn that “Australians are tipping extra generously and extra usually”, (“Melburnians our greatest tippers”, 5/10). That is one more toxic import from the US. Why would anybody need tipping tradition to take maintain in Australia?
Having travelled to the US years in the past among the best issues about returning to Australia was the aid of not having to calculate a tip for each service. A extra insidious side is how the tipping tradition commercialises each interplay. Within the US nice service isn’t simply that. It’s at all times tainted by the expectation of a tip. Additionally it is means too master-servant for me as an Australian and humiliating for all concerned.
If this continues, tipping will in some unspecified time in the future develop into obligatory because it successfully is within the US. Tipping is un-Australian. In Australia it’s historically an obligation for employers to pay employees a dwelling wage. Pay shouldn’t be on the discretion of shoppers because it usually is within the US. Tipping tradition represents inconvenience, a degradation of social relations and impoverishment. It advantages nobody besides employers averse to paying workers correctly. It needs to be fought tooth and nail.
Ian Frazer, Brunswick West

Freeway hell
The thought of creating a brand new and expanded metropolis to the north of Melbourne (“Councils search to take excessive street this time”, 5/10) is absurd given the state of the principle gateway out and in of Melbourne through the Hume Freeway, which has been in a state of disrepair for 40 years. As a frequent consumer of the freeway, I’ve emailed VicRoads to ask about an improve, however they’re ready on federal and state funding. Anthony Albanese pitched a brand new intermodal freight terminal at Beveridge earlier than the final election but when the Hume Freeway and the feeder roads aren’t upgraded to an ordinary matching Sydney’s Hume, the expanded metropolis and new freight terminal are doomed to fail.
Maybe Premier Jacinta Allan would possibly need to re-prioritise the spending of billions on the Suburban Rail Loop and as an alternative put money into enhancing the foremost roads in these poorly serviced dormitory suburbs and constructing new rail infrastructure the place it’s wanted.
Wayne Smith, Myrtleford

Rail hubris
HS2 is a deliberate quick rail line within the UK to run from London to Birmingham and Manchester, at speeds of as much as 360 km/h, introduced in 2013 and considerably deliberate to be accomplished between 2029 and 2033. The full anticipated value is £71 billion ($135 billion), which Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt described as “completely unacceptable”. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has now introduced the northern part to Manchester will probably be scrapped.
There’s a lesson right here for Premier Jacinta Allan and Transport Minister Danny Pearson. Whereas the Suburban Rail Loop is just not as grandiose, feedback from Natasha Bradshaw from the Grattan Institute (Remark, 1/10) needs to be taken severely. Two tasks which have been uncared for by the Victorian authorities are the standardisation of rural freight rail traces and provision of extra accessible tram stops.
To be able to appeal to freight to rail, all traces have to be transformed to straightforward gauge. The constructive impact on the surroundings will probably be fewer vans on the street, much less air pollution from greenhouse gasses and safer situations for rural roads which might be not destroyed by vans. For accessible tram stops, that is an fairness matter that ought to have already got been accomplished. Please mothball the SRL.
Rod Watson, East Brighton

Rental help
Sensible proposal from the crossbench to affect rental homes (“$50m plan to affect rental properties”, 5/10). A tax break to encourage landlords to modify to electrical home equipment is simply the ticket. Not solely will this scale back emissions and lower family prices, however it’s going to additionally make rental properties safer for tenants. The detrimental well being impacts of gasoline within the house are properly understood. No-one needs to be pressured to reveal their kids to bronchial asthma inducing gases simply to warmth their house or cook dinner a meal. It’s excessive time Australia went all-in on electrifying all the things.
Amy Hiller, Kew

Restrict the supply
Whereas it’s constructive information to see that there are jobs in recycling (“Plibersek hails growth in recycling jobs”, 4/10), this fades into insignificance after we learn how a lot waste continues to be ending up in landfill. Plastic is clearly the largest downside, however even giant quantities of paper, glass and metals that may be profitably recycled, are dumped. It could be a disgrace to depend on producing an increasing number of waste supplies to offer extra jobs. The federal government ought to regulate and legislate for producers to take care of their very own waste. If pharmaceutical corporations, for instance, had been required to simply accept the tens of millions of blister packs they produce, they might rapidly develop various, clear, perhaps even re-usable, strategies of packaging.
Kerry Echberg, Princes Hill

Query of qualification
Your correspondent suggests the members of the brand new authorities had been chosen purely on advantage (“Benefit based mostly appointments”, 5/10). Many would doubt this.
Jacinta Allan owes her place to being a member of the most important faction inside caucus, over her means to efficiently handle giant tasks just like the Large Construct or the Commonwealth Video games. Tim Pallas owes his appointment for a similar cause.
Many ministers of each genders don’t have any abilities or {qualifications} relative to the portfolios they handle. For instance, the minister answerable for local weather change, power and the SEC has no {qualifications} in engineering or meteorology. In truth it’s more and more tough to ascertain the talents and {qualifications} of MPs. As soon as, these had been included within the Parliament’s web site profile of MPs, however now this data is not offered. Within the absence of this, it’s unattainable to judge advantage.
Martin Newington, Aspendale

Well being hazard
I couldn’t agree extra along with your contributor (“Please flip it down”, 4/10) concerning the extreme noise degree from the MCG PA system. I’ve additionally skilled related discomfort on the Perth Enviornment. It is rather probably {that a} well being hazard exists and maybe the EPA must conduct a subject research. What’s the AFL’s intention with this painful follow? It makes me marvel how alive and properly Orwell’s dystopia is: by no means let the patrons have a personal dialog, at all times disrupt the atmosphere to distract from free thought.
Andrew Barnes, Ringwood

Sound recommendation
How come the eternal music that now performs behind audio system in documentary movies of all descriptions is even allowed? Six per cent of the inhabitants has a listening to impairment however even some who thought they didn’t, discover themselves switching off.
Shirley Duffield, Warrnambool

Treasured expertise
A dwelling treasure is misplaced to us, with the passing of restaurateur Kevin Donovan (“Founding father of landmark eatery dies”, 5/10). Life didn’t lead me all that always all the way down to what Kevin and spouse Gail created within the type of probably the most good eating expertise I’ve ever identified, at Donovan’s, perched on the St Kilda foreshore. Nevertheless, it did on one evening a number of years in the past, with the corporate of my beloved it delivered completely probably the most good seared scallops in a pea puree after which a stroll alongside the pier to observe the penguins are available in. It was probably the most good date and the happiest reminiscence of a lifetime.
Bernadette George, Mildura

Milking farmers
Considerations have been expressed in current weeks in regards to the rising worth of milk at our supermarkets. You ain’t seen nothin’ but. The worth of milk and different staples will proceed to extend resulting from anti-agricultural insurance policies of the Albanese authorities. Within the case of dairy, we had a heavy reliance on dairy farmers throughout southern NSW and northern Victoria for our provides. However there at the moment are fewer dairy farmers on this area and the quantity is continuous to say no.
When Water Minister Tanya Plibersek’s water buybacks are launched it’s going to develop into more and more unviable for dairy farmers, in addition to those that develop different meals necessities. As we develop much less meals the worth will increase, as does our reliance on imports which might not be grown within the clear, inexperienced surroundings by Aussie farmers who’re recognised as among the many best on this planet.
Jodie Hay, Cohuna

Painful results
I agree with Bruce Wolpe’s sentiments (Remark, 5/10) that Donald Trump doesn’t have a political agenda, however what he does have is a motion that’s sadly making America “hate once more”.
Eric Palm, Gympie, Qld

Sitcom politics
Donald Trump is the dwelling exponent of a sitcom. Like most American sitcoms they don’t seem to be very humorous, certainly they’re farcical. This one could properly find yourself with a president ruling from a jail cell. People want to grasp you may’t change the channel for 4 years.
John Rome, Mt Lawley, WA



Credit score: Illustration: Matt Golding

It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I simply don’t need Qantas arranging my funeral.
Paul Custance, Highett

US politics
When America finds out methods to run American politics, maybe then it may well it get again to its typical objective of attempting to run the world.
Tony Haydon, Springvale

I take challenge along with your correspondent (And one other factor, 5/10). Trump has had a lot follow in dummy spitting that I doubt it will be an acceptable everlasting gag.
Ian Grandy, Nunawading

Peter Dutton
Peter Dutton’s remark about Clare O’Neil is straight out of Donald Trump’s track e book. Trump used “nasty” when confronted by a robust girl. Dutton makes use of “offended”.
Ray Jones, Field Hill North

We all know Peter Dutton is keen on slogans however “Vote No when you don’t know” is one other degree. It is a viewpoint of entitled complacency which avoids asking or wanting or studying in case individuals discover one thing which may problem their snug established order.
Vanessa Gavens, West Brunswick

Opposition Chief Peter Dutton’s various resolution to the Voice is a lot of regional and native voices. So if this ever involves move, future Coalition governments will probably be listening to voices.
Matthew Hamilton, Kew

What has occurred to a honeymoon interval for Jacinta Allan? Why is John Pesutto handled as if he’s one seat from being premier?
George Reed, Wheelers Hill

What subsequent Tim Pallas? A tax on empty bedrooms?
Tony O’Brien, South Melbourne

I’m bemused by the current day references to “fields” within the Kalkallo space (The Age, 5/10). This appears to be a part of a development to make “paddocks” redundant.
Marcia Roche, Mill Park

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