Letters / Amused by the ‘change of heart’!

IT is amusing to see Chief Minister Andrew Barr condemned in “CityNews” for deriding “The Canberra Times” as irrelevant and in decline.

“CityNews” has been promoting much the same line for as long as I can remember. Thank goodness for the change of heart!

As for his wanting to be ACT Chief Minister for life, I doubt it very much.

Helmut Simon, Watson

Trump’s doing well

I DO wish the Trump haters would look at the facts. Since his election about 15 months ago, 2.4 million new jobs have been created, including 200,000 new jobs in manufacturing. Wages are rising. Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low. African-American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history. Small business confidence is extremely high. The stock market has gained $8 trillion in value.

The biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history have been enacted. The standard deduction for everyone has nearly doubled, and the child tax credit has doubled. Many families earning about $75,000 will have their tax reduced by half. The recent economic movements on the Australian stock market, and others, are a result of the good news from Trump’s America, not bad news. That country’s interest rates will rise again this year for the same reason. Could the Trump haters have a cup of tea and lie down please.

Colliss Parrett, Barton

Political leaders sow resentment

THE boast of being “the most successful multicultural society on this planet” is hollow while our political leaders sow resentment and division.

The nation’s indigenous people continue to be deeply disadvantaged and their aspirations arrogantly disregarded by government.

Our government continues to enforce the shameful treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, imprisoning innocent men, women and children for years in torturous conditions solely for the benefit of base political purposes.

We would do well to heed the words of the 2018Senior Australian of the Year, Canberra’s Dr Graham Farquhar who in his acceptance speech lauded the value of “accepting, correcting and building on our mistakes”. He said: “To me, the most important things in life are to struggle to improve, to struggle to be honest and to struggle to re-evaluate one’s prejudices.”

We should heed his words, and then ensure that the people we elect to Parliament are people of vision and integrity who can lead the nation through that struggle.

Eileen O’Brien, Kambah


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