Tasteless comments make a joke of the Liberal party

Like her fearless leader, Teena McQueen is a slow learner; she has also borrowed Scott Morrison’s tin ear (“‘I would kill to be sexually harassed at the moment’”, March 31). Furthermore, she’s blessed with an unfailing ability to plant both feet firmly in her mouth. With leaders like her, the Liberals really are in trouble. David Gordon, Cranebrook

At a time when we’re trying to get key messages across society to build momentum for equality and respect, why is it that the Liberal party is giving their train wreck McQueen a voice to counter the movement? Why do we need double dutch and jokes from her? As we saw in Letters this week, approaching 80 isn’t a deterrent to sexual advances or unwanted commentary either. Or is it the case that being tone deaf is good for the PM so its good for everyone in the Coalition? Ted Bush, North Epping

The latest revelation coming from Teena McQueen expressing her wish to be sexually harassed may have been in jest but it certainly raises further questions about the Coalition’s stewardship. Perhaps the Governor-General General David Hurley should write to the Queen’s Private Secretary for his advice of how to deal with the incumbent government going forward. Ian McKenzie, Mt Annan

What: McQueen is still vice-president of the federal Liberal party more than two years after her disastrous train-smash appearance on the ABC’s Q&A program? Ha ha. Sorry, can’t help myself. Max Fischer, Wollongong

Given the current audience restrictions on live comedy, please can McQueen do Q&A again? She really has not lost her timing. Jo Rainbow, Orange

Teena McQueen is a good name for a stand-up. Not sure what the difference is, but at 58 I am still regularly sexually harassed; most recently only yesterday. What’s your secret, Teena? Suzanne Saunders, Brunswick Heads

I think there will be few women of any age who have not either experienced sexual assault or been supporters to loved friends and family members who have been raped (Letters, March 31). Conversation on the topic is not academic but often personal. It is wearing and reactivating to many women. So if you wish to be empathic and and increase your understanding, keep comments positive and supportive and understand that engagement on every occasion is not always easy for us. Janice Windsor, Greenwich

Rape is not about desire or passion. It’s an opportunistic display of power over another. It aims to keep people in their place. Rape is a weapon of war. In peacetime: the gender war. Anne Matheson, Gordon

Actions too late

A conservative government is not proactive; it is reactive (Letters, March 31). Why should we have a multitude of women given promotions and fancy titles today when they were not needed last week. Obviously there is neither admission nor understanding that these actions are decades late. Peter Bourke, Rockdale

I have doubts the Coalition introducing quotas for women is a panacea that will solve issues of sexism and sexual assault. Look at the current crop of women in senior positions in the government. The problem is the Coalition parties, their ethos and their supporters and I have no idea how you fix that. Nicholas Triggs, Katoomba

I am so relieved Scott Morrison has elected a “prime minister for women” . Now he never has to listen to our little lady problems, or our annoying lady voices, or wait while our lady brains process things or our lady bodies get in the way of his ministers and staffers. What a relief. Rachel Andrew, West Hobart (Tas)

If the Coalition was serious about merit selection, Julie Bishop would be our PM. Mary Schulha, Springwood

Fool to be kind

“April 1st: This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other 364.” So once said Mark Twain. So say all of us today?
Edward Loong, Milsons Point

Rollout shortcomings putting us at risk

Your story demonstrates the urgency of everyone getting vaccinated as soon as possible (“Lingering effects of COVID-19 revealed”, March 31). The trickle of vaccines in Australia is inexplicable since the vaccines are now being produced locally. The Americans are vaccinating over 3.5 million people each day. At that rate, they would have vaccinated the entire Australian population in one week. At current rates, the Americans may be fully vaccinated by the end of May.

This creates an opportunity for Australia. While we must accelerate the AstraZeneca vaccination program, at the same time, the government should seize the opportunity and use its special relationship with the US to license or import the vaccines which are probably more effective at preventing symptomatic disease as soon as possible. Public health must be the number one priority. Harry Melkonian, Vaucluse

The federal government has achieved 600,000 COVID vaccinations by March 31 instead of 4 million (“Vaccine feud erupts between NSW and federal government”, smh.com.au, March 31). Perhaps we will now see a Minister for Vaccinations and a Minister for COVID Protection and a Minister for Vaccination Safety as yet another exercise in diversion instead of doing anything. Michael McMullan, Five Dock

The slow rollout of vaccines in Australia risks creating new waves of infection, as exemplified by the latest outbreak in Brisbane. The vaccine does not guarantee immunity from catching the virus and infecting others but it does reduce the symptoms. A robust education program and controls must be undertaken, otherwise vaccinated people will believe they can safely travel among unvaccinated populations – and the disease will spread exponentially. Peter Allen, Castle Cove

Myanmar injustice

Kevin Rudd is right to push for action in Myanmar (“UN must step in to stop the bloodbath”, March 31). But the prospects for a serious resolution from the UN Security Council are remote, given China’s right of veto. However, it has massive economic and geo-political interests in Myanmar and could be convinced to push for compromise before it suffers more damage, such as the recent arson at Chinese-owned factories in Yangon. The junta itself may seek to retain some respectability in the eyes of the rest of the world: the opening up of Myanmar a decade ago was largely a reaction by the military government to its over-dependence on China. Clay O’Brien, Mosman

This government’s political protests about Myanmar are in stark contrast to the government’s apathy towards the plight of the Rohingyas. We watched as they were butchered, raped and subjected to attempted genocide. And now again as their tragic camp is engulfed in fire.

It is clear the government is sympathetic to all except Muslims. With the government in disarray and our Foreign Minister otherwise occupied, does anyone in the government care at all for these people? And these government ministers call themselves Christians. Adrian Bell, Davistown

It’s fair at this point to say that the UN Security Council has failed in its responsibilities and that the situation in Myanmar constitutes a threat to international peace and security. It’s time to pursue the Uniting for Peace Resolution and call an Emergency Special Session of the UN General Assembly. The question is, which member states will have the will and the backbone to take this forward? Will Australia? Shane Brady Rose Bay

Politics as usual

Now that the NSW upper house inquiry has delivered an adverse finding on the Berejiklian government’s Stronger Communities Fund, perhaps the Premier will simply claim: “Everybody does it!” (“$252m used to win seats, punish councils: inquiry”, March 31).

It seems that if my own local council had not meekly allowed the disastrous amalgamation to go ahead, it would have been punished, which would mean that its ratepayers would have been disadvantaged. All in the interests of the Berejiklian empire building of the Coalition government. Derrick Mason, Boorowa

West thinks it’s best

Chris Uhlmann mourns our loss of moral compass and unity (“An Australia divided against itself cannot stand”, March 31) but the truth is that the First Australians were dispossessed by force and were never treated as equals in practice. Until this is acknowledged and restitution made by treaty, there is a gaping hole in our foundation story. The Uluru Statement from the Heart and the establishment of a Truth and Justice Commission by the Victorian government provide the way forward. Andrew Macintosh, Cromer

Power to the people

Thank you Labor for addressing two key means for ordinary Australians to contribute to lowering emissions: electric vehicles and battery storage (“Labor plans to cut EV taxes, but puts brakes on big climate policy”, March 31). Hopefully these policies will send a message to manufacturers that Australia is a ready and willing market, which should also help to reduce prices to a point where we all can afford an EV. Philip Cooney, Wentworth Falls

Track record

Blowouts in infrastructure projects; council amalgamations; icare; the sale of Hunter Valley TAFE to Racing Australia; huge increases in home unit development against community wishes (“Ten years of action, refusing to take the easy optino and there’s more to come”, March 31). No thought for local infrastructure, leading to public schools being overcrowded and forced into demountable, losing open space for playing. And $252 million in grants to mainly Coalition seats before the last state election, admitted by the Premier to have been pork-barrelling. A piece of land at Camellia, deemed worthless, bought for $53.5 million and now needing $116 million to clean it up. Let alone the moving of the Powerhouse Museum against community and expert advice.

Dominic Perrottet tells us there is more to come. I can’t wait. Anita Hart, Greenwich

Conservative conservatism

For the NSW Coalition it seems a philosophical struggle between keeping up with the opinions of the Alan Joneses of this world or be invigorated by the “Kean by name, keen by nature” reset of politics (“Kean tries to turn tide on Coalition’s poor green record”, March 31). Steve Dillon, Thirroul

Tell him he’s dreamin’

Steve Smith back as captain (“Smith on front foot in bid for captaincy”, March 31)? Never. He had a dig and he stuffed it. Badly.

Tim Paine hasn’t done anything that means he should be dumped except, in the view of some, that he isn’t Smith. Leave Paine alone and stop stirring. James Mahoney, McKellar (ACT)

The digital view

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