Barnaby Joyce still doesn’t understand what an integrity commission does

Joyce’s unique way with words never ceases to delight. However, I would suggest sticking to well-understood terms. Who would have ever thought that the pork barrel can also be known as “political vision”. Shona Kirchen, Kiama

It’s time for Joyce to accept that most Australians want a federal ICAC, and woe betide the Albanian government if they don’t keep their promises. Donna Wieman, Balmain

Coalition negligence on energy is now apparent

After being briefed by the head of the energy security council, the government should have no doubts about our aspirations to become a clean energy metropolis is not a toy, and it will take decades and billions of dollars to achieve it (“The staggering scale of energy reform”, June 7). For too long we have been bombarded with promises from successive governments, evading technical realities, telling us that it was just a matter of installing a few solar panels and wind farms and plugging them into a non-existent power grid. The technical truth is that achieving this lofty goal is a very long-term and expensive project, and it is time for a government to come up with a viable long-term plan and explain how we will get there. The public is smart enough to accept the truth and will be patient as long as they are convinced that we have a legitimate plan. We all understand the necessity and will accept the inconveniences along the way, provided we know where we are going. Darcy Hardy, North Turramurra

We are bombarded with dire warnings of massive increases in the cost of gas. It’s not a supply issue. It is a matter of politics. Current policy allows gas producers to export as much as possible, which of course they will because of high prices abroad. We then have the absurd situation, except in WA where producers have to retain 15% of production for domestic consumption, where we import gas at exorbitant prices to meet local demand.

The solution is simple. Estimate our national needs on a national scale and require producers to reserve them as a priority; they can export the rest. Domestic prices should be set on a cost-plus basis and gas producers can still make a reasonable profit on domestic sales and dramatic profits on exports.

The current situation endangers our sovereignty and our internal and commercial security – and it benefits companies that pay little or no tax and employ motherfuckers. It’s so stupid it defies belief. Erik Kulakauskas, Port Macquarie

Alas, it has arrived at this alarming stage: a direct result of the Coalition’s negligence and failure to be proactive on necessary and effective energy policies. This will confirm that their oft-heralded superior economic management skills are nothing but furphy. Steve Ngeow, Chatswood

With the current electricity and gas supply crisis, this is surely not the time to talk about renewable energy. Greg Cantori, Kingsgrove

Stuck in a passport nightmare

I applied for my passport renewal on February 25, almost 15 weeks ago, knowing that I had been booked to leave Australia on July 4, and so I left plenty of time for its renewal ( “Passport delays throw plans into disarray”, 7 June).

There are now less than four weeks until the flight and still no passport. I spent many hours on the phone with the passport office, many hours of waiting and many interruptions. Four opportunities to speak to an operator. The answers ? First time: “Wait two weeks and call back if you don’t receive.” Second: “This will be expedited and processed next week.” Third: “I can see it’s being processed.” Fourth: “It’s terrible. Do you live in a rural area? I will discuss with the passport office and arrange for you to come and get you. Nothing has happened yet. Two complaints were also filed. Betty Searle, Oyster Bay

The Sydney Passport Office has been in chaos for many years, long before COVID. Having a single passport office for a city the size of Sydney is nonsense. Like so many other government services, there is an insufficient workforce to provide a level of service to meet the needs of an ever-growing population. This staffing shortage applies to Centrelink, the teaching and medical professions and many other services. Queuing, physically or on the phone, seems to be the norm. All politicians should be forced to listen to the mind-numbing muzak played by various departments when trying to engage with a real person. It is time for infrastructure to catch up with reality. Greg Thomas, Annandale

Keep an eye out for endorsements

Allowing patient testimonials to be included in medical advertising is not in the public interest (“Patients Endorsing Harmful Surgeons,” June 7).
Third-party endorsement is a well-established technique for building trust among consumers, but that trust is unlikely to be based on a balanced range of reviews that include both positive and negative experiences.
As we have seen in the high profile and expensive defamation cases, the opportunity to see negative patient testimonials is very limited in Australia.
Advertising of complex life-impacting medical products risks promoting a one-sided view of medical interventions and should continue to be restricted in the public interest.
Professional health communication must be ethical and a cut above the often ill-informed conversations on the Internet that obscure clear, accurate and health-promoting information. Catherine Bonfiglioli, Croydon

Rise does not add up

That’s why we need math teachers (“Small pay rise in public sector shouldn’t end strife,” June 7). A 3 percent cap on wages plus 5 percent inflation spells disaster for the utility sector. Give us a government that has done its history homework and has the foresight to financially assess our essential services – nurses, first aiders, teachers and police. The alternative does not support reflection. Diane Dennis, Epping

Where is the money? Underpaid COVID heroes, underpaid nurses, underpaid teachers, underpaid civil servants, but, dear reader, look at the expensive and unnecessary rebuilt stadium. Makes you proud, doesn’t it? Allan White Kingsford

Palmer played voters

Can we please stop celebrating Clive Palmer’s supposed election failure? Many of us may not like this man, but he’s not completely dumb (“Palmer’s Election Ad Expenses Exceed $31 Million,” June 7). While some of his stated election goals were pure fantasy, his real goals were more subtle. The first was to suppress the votes of the main parties. Those preferences have to go somewhere, as they did in 2019, when at the time Palmer achieved his second goal: a re-elected, pro-mining coalition government. This time there were bigger forces at work, but one out of two isn’t bad. David Manford, Concorde

Property tax, a clever trick

Abolishing the stamp duty in favor of a property tax is a shrewd move for any state or territory government (“An offer Chalmers can’t refuse – if he wants us richer”, June 7). Such a change will mean a lot more money for government coffers in the long run. This will favor affluent investors who buy multiple rental properties and affluent owners who gradually migrate to larger properties in more desirable locations. The real losers are first-time home buyers, as all auction bidders have more money available to compete for properties. It will also negatively affect people who buy their dream home that is meant to last until their senior years. Economists may find the substitution attractive. However, ordinary Australians living in the suburbs and areas who will eventually receive the Old Age Pension will be saddled with an additional housing cost “for their natural lifetime”. Riley Brown, Bondi Beach

Humanities still rule

The growing number of university students choosing to study the humanities despite rising fees confirms the value of taking courses that educate young people about their own and other backgrounds; how to reflect and negotiate rather than simply react or remain ignorant of the biases and problems inherent in society (“Students Still Flock to Humanities Degrees Despite Huge Fee Rise,” June 7).

These produce values ​​more worthy of encouragement for a truly egalitarian society, rather than the purely utilitarian and commercially oriented courses that implicitly encourage endless and unsustainable economic growth and materialism. Fred Janson, Pink Bay

childish behavior

Maybe young Louis was training for when our new minister of the republic comes calling (“I’m with Kate, some kids won’t be tamed,” June 7)? David Sayers, Gwandese

I enjoyed watching Kate and William’s four-year-old son behave like a normal four-year-old. Displayed and ogled by millions of people, I’m sure he would have preferred to play with his friends in a park, kick a ball or just run around having fun. Rita Zammit, Concorde

Like Kerri Sackville, I despaired of my four-year-old son who regularly disappeared on mall outings and had to drive around the block some nights just to put him to sleep. He went from that tear-jerker to car fanatic and highway racer, and built and raced Minis at the old Oran Park motor racing circuit outside Sydney, to survive every adventure unscathed. dangerous. Now he’s a successful 47-year-old engineer with a loving family, and my early years of worry have been replaced with pride. I ran my marathon. Ken Osborne, Bowraville

The party is not over

Wobbly Boris Johnson still leads parliament after an all-out brawl in his party ran out of numbers to pull off the coup. Is another round of parties planned to celebrate his victory (“British Prime Minister Boris Johnson survives bid to oust him from office”, smh.com.au, June 7)? Doug McLaughlin, Bonnet Bay

digital vision

Online commentary on one of the stories that attracted the most comments from readers yesterday on smh.com.au
Expect submarine delays, says Marles, as he forecasts defense capability gap
Of ChrisW:″⁣Submarines are dinosaurs. The US, UK, China and Russia are all developing unmanned underwater drones for future maritime warfare (including anti-submarine). We would be better off spending money on drone technology rather than submarines. We could still become the smart country.″⁣

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