No Premier. Evidently, we are not all in this together

Among the many mysteries of the age are the results of the latest Resolve Political Monitor poll (“PM on notice to lift game as lockdowns wear on nation”, July 21). Scott Morrison has presided over corrupt political funding, a comprehensive botch of the vaccination program, an abrogation of his responsibility to ensure climate change does not destroy future generations and yet can still be preferred PM? What will he have to do for voters to knock him off his slippery perch? Judy Hungerford, North Curl Curl

One has to wonder what it will take for voters to turn on the Morrison government. The poll results provide disappointment and despair for Labor supporters. Led by a PM who only appears when he has a “how good” announcement and a group of less than distinguished ministers, electors have over recent months been presented with gross incompetence, rorting, laziness, inaction and wholesale dissembling on any issues of concern. Yet the PM and his government remain in the ascendancy. Regrettably the jury has decided on the prospect of Anthony Albanese as the country’s leader allowing the Coalition to continue to act without restraint or integrity. Ross Butler, Rodd Point

What will it take for the majority of voters to wake up to Morrison? It makes no sense that he remains preferred prime minister and that the Coalition is still ahead of Labor in the latest survey. The Morrison government is lazy, incompetent and morally bankrupt. Rewarding them for their gross mismanagement and incompetence would be sheer folly. Graham Lum, North Rocks

It’s not complicated. It has been estimated that the cost of a purpose-built quarantine facility containing 3000 beds would be approximately $700 million. The present cost to the nation of the lockdowns in NSW and Victoria is about $1 billion a week. Against this our federal government has been hopeless in organising the supplies and apathetic rollout of our vaccines. We’re all sick of the political games, we’re sick of the blame shifting. Where is the leadership to get us out of this mess? Bruce Spence, Balmain

It’s clear from your figures that the Coalition is on the nose. What’s also clear is that Anthony Albanese isn’t the drover’s dog required to oust him at the next election. Julia Gillard would have wiped the floor with these incompetents. Bruce Hulbert, Lilyfield

While millions of us are in lockdown, not seeing our families, losing our jobs and our mental health, I’m glad to see the PM has his priorities sorted. He’s been hosting an online Liberal Party fundraiser event (“Morrison zooms into online banking and business chat”, July 21). Josie McSkimming, Coogee

Energy use needs a new normal

Ross Gittins gives us an accurate vision for the future (“Clear the way to electric cars”, July 21). Just as our response to the COVID health-crisis must come before opening up the economy, so our response to rising temperatures should be put ahead of a “return to normal”. It’s a false dichotomy to pit one against the other – they go together.

We have to move away from our dependence on fossil fuels. The slogan from the 2019 election “that electric cars will take away your utes and your weekend” worked in the short run but the future demands more of our elected leaders. This isn’t a fake wrestling match with goodies v baddies. Our children and grandchildren deserve better. Chris Moe, Bensville

Gittins is right but what we really need to do to reduce emissions is to reduce our use of private cars and trucks. A transition to electric traction buses, trams and trains would achieve emission reduction more effectively. To do that, we would have to give up our addiction to travelling when and where we like in our own steel and plastic vehicles. Chris O’Rourke, Bathurst

Federal mistreatment

I was one of the 1800 women who applied for a grant to help my new startup (“Female email”, July 21). I was elated on Monday morning when I was emailed that I’d succeeded in my expression of interest pitch, then shamed in the afternoon when the email arrived that a mistake had been made and I was rejected. After a couple of hours of heavy emotional turmoil, I phoned Lifeline and talked to a counsellor for 10 minutes. Later, I worried there could be others without such fortitude who may have suffered or self-harmed. This morning, I read that 1799 other women were mistreated by the sloppy mishandling by a federal government department. Pat Woolley, Little Wobby Beach

Winter hibernation

Greetings from Orange, where we can now truly say that we are all in this together (“Cases rise as virus detected in regions”, July 21). I don’t know if heavy rain before our lockdown slowed the traditional toilet paper race, but ABC-TV and SBS wimpily reacted by going off the air for a couple of hours. With icy temperatures forecast for the next several days, the urge to just stick one’s head under the doona for the duration will be hard to resist. Joan Brown, Orange

It is puzzling that keeping the economy going is considered more important than containing the virus. The virus has to be contained first so that people can return to work, spend, go out to meals and entertainment and attend various appointments: all of which keeps the economy going. One complete and enforced lockdown for about a month as soon as it was known that the driver of the international air crews tested positive may well have saved the on/off lockdowns in Sydney, the deaths of five people and the subsequent spread to regional NSW and to other states. The much wider and longer lockdowns are costing a lot more than an early and complete, but shorter, lockdown. I wonder if advice from the business community was considered before advice was sought from public health officials? Valerie Craig, Orange

Disguising reef death

We all know the Great Barrier Reef is disappearing, we all know what a loss this will be, not just financially but to our national spirit (“Australia set to delay UNESCO ‘in danger’ ruling for Great Barrier Reef”, smh.com.au, July 21). So what has our Environment Minister, Sussan Ley, been doing? Flying around the world trying to convince members of the UNESCO board not to place an “in danger” rating on the reef. It appears she has succeeded in delaying this until after the next election. No doubt there will be champagne corks popping in Canberra. But we are only fooling ourselves. Bob Eggleton, Neutral Bay

Resilience of experience

What a lovely piece of writing by Cat Thao Nguyen describing her family’s experience as refugees from Vietnam and the way they adapted and coped with life in a strange country (“My family was made for this lockdown”, July 21). I take my hat off to all the refugees and their ability to get on with life and turn their fortunes around often in an unwelcoming environment.

My parents generation, having been through the Great Depression and then WWII, were also adept at being thrifty and resourceful. In our house there were always cupboards of tinned food and preserves of fruit and vegetables stored under the house for emergencies. We could all learn from the experiences of the previous generation. Jennifer Carter, Oyster Bay

With a wry sense of humour and a nod to current hoarding obsessions, Nguyen shows with warmth and humour how adversity and hardship breed resilience. It is a timely reminder in the daily chorus of whines from the pampered, privileged and ignorant. Wayne Duncombe, Glebe

COVID Games

Normally the KPI for the Olympics is the medal tally (“High hopes for our biggest goldhaul since 2004”, July 21). Times are different. I hope that hindsight will be kind and we can look back and all breathe a collective sigh of relief that it all went well. Monique Darcy, Davidson

A scandal, in short(s)

The Norway beach handball team have been fined for having their members refusing to wear regulation bikini bottoms for their recent matches, instead, wearing non-regulation shorts, like bike shorts (“Norway’s beach handball team fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms”, smh.com.au, July 21). The newer style is actually quite flattering, and very practical: helping to keep the sand out of the nether regions of one’s body.

If the male counterparts are allowed to wear shorts, why not the women? And, if these were the uniform rules in the past, why can they not be changed, if the change is for the better; the men are not required to wear a uniform that is really close fitting, so, who makes up these rules? While we’re at it, should we make all the swimmers also revert to the costumes that were worn in the past? Mia David, Wollongong

Lockdown lyrics

Another Led Zeppelin song I’d nominate is The Lemon Song, reflecting the calibre of our political leaders (Letters, July 21). Don Carter, Oyster Bay

While the Led Zeppelin songs are good suggestions, I am more interested in The Cure. Ian Fowler, Asquith

Sadly, the lockdown song for many businesses would have to be Another One Bites the Dust. Kate Smith, Frenchs Forest

For further listening I suggest Nobody Told Me There’d be Days Like These. Sue Adams, Dulwich Hill

Situation abnormal

Working on the Herald’s cryptic crossword I was amused to see the clue “normality distorted as fun” (Puzzles, July 21). The answer describes our lives since March 2020: the acronym SNAFU meaning Situation Normal, All Fouled Up. It arose in World War II and it’s still appropriate. Barry Laing, Castle Cove

Pregnant pause

Like thousands of others waiting four days or more for COVID test results, I developed strong feelings of anger and frustration. I was consumed by doubt about the ability of private testing laboratories to cope with the huge volume of tests and the effect this may have on accurate diagnoses. After finally receiving my results I now wish to retract these thoughts of animosity. Great news: I’m pregnant. Col Burns, Lugarno

The digital view

Online comment from one of the stories that attracted the most reader feedback yesterday on smh.com.au
Narrow majority of voters wants lockdowns phased out as vaccination rate grows
From The real CP: ″⁣I’m still staggered that 21 per cent say they will not get vaccinated. What do they think will happen to them, and our health services, when we open up?″⁣

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