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Who knew that ScoMo meant Secret Cupboard of A number of Workplaces? No surprise he didn’t have time to carry the hose. Rodney Commins, Naremburn

No room within the Anglican church for slim views

Good riddance to the diocese of the Southern Cross (“Anglican conservatives type breakaway church”, August 17). Take your certainty and intolerance elsewhere and go away the Anglican Church to the remainder of us who worth inclusiveness, who perceive that the Bible was by no means meant to be interpreted actually. Lastly, we will be free to relaxation in uncertainty and in thriller, and people in same-sex relationships who lengthy for the blessing of the church will sooner or later obtain it. It is going to be a reduction, in 2026, to have the ability to tick the Anglican field with out having to really feel contaminated by the Sydney evangelicals. Christine McNeil, Ballina

What a reduction. Lastly, the out-of-step nineteenth century members of the Church of England have been solid adrift (they assume they’ve damaged away) by the smart twenty first century Australian Anglicans – and people trendy Christians didn’t must raise a finger. Did you actually imply to steal the Southern Cross, the image of courageous miners who stood as much as their oppressors? Little bit of a slip up there. Kerrie Holmes, Kensington

The breakaway diocese of the Southern Cross is a present to the scribes and the Pharisees who prioritised scripture over grace. Satirically, I believe Jesus and their very own hero, St Paul, wouldn’t approve. Jim McPherson, Mt Coolum (Qld)

I welcome the formation of the conservative Diocese of the Southern Cross. Hopefully, the conservative members of the Sydney diocese will be part of them, resulting in a takeover by the progressive, inclusive and real followers of Christ’s teachings. In fact, like all dinosaurs, I anticipate that the New Church will both die out, or the members take the Mayflower to a different land. Robert Hosking, Paddington

The place different Anglican-associated dioceses all over the world settle for variations inside their varied parishes, Sydney maintains a way of exclusivity amongst different denominations, a tough and quick angle, together with the subjugation of ladies’s standing, indifference to the Holy Communion, preaching at congregations with hard-and-fast “details” and, to cite one educational, not a lot love. This lack of affection is expressed via their rejection of homosexuals. This isn’t to say that congregants don’t present compassion, however there’s a tendency by the leaders to commodify God. Donald Hawes, Peel

Some persons are getting a bit jumpy as a result of some Anglicans reject same-sex marriage. If a faith was began by God it’s apparent that its followers should do what God says. If a faith was began by people, these people have each proper to make their very own guidelines as long as they don’t impinge on the liberty of others to make theirs. David Morrison, Springwood

We dropped the ball on pure disasters

Given we’re a rustic of pure disasters, why did we drop the ball so badly on the bushfires and floods (“NSW authorities accepts all 28 suggestions in flood inquiry report”, smh.com.au, August 17)? While you assume again to the rescue operation after Cyclone Tracy it appears we have now gone backwards. Admittedly, the climate overwhelmed the whole lot however we must always have carried out extra. Complicating issues is the volunteer SES – they’ve a job in help, and combating fires, however have been overwhelmed throughout the floods. There must be a paid, skilled arm of the SES to take care of extra complicated eventualities. Conrad Mill, Parkes

Speeding to Rushdie’s defence

Richard Flanagan’s very good piece is a eulogy to the centrality of freedom of speech in a democracy (“Rushdie, violence and cancel tradition”, August 17). The tried assassination of Salman Rushdie is simply the newest grim reminder of what democracy is up towards in making an attempt to counter totalitarianism in its most barbaric manifestations. The left makes use of cancel tradition to deride what it sees as evil tracts whereas the proper makes use of it to disparage the intense left’s despotic tendencies. Each deter public discourse. Concepts we don’t agree with are finest met with counterarguments, not by burning books, muzzling the press, threats and violence. Attempting to ostracise these like Rushdie who’re so bravely ready to air uncomfortable truths is Orwellian. One hopes that in a democracy freedom of the press, thought-provoking literature and reasoned concepts finally prevail. Ron Sinclair, Windradyne

Thanks Richard Flanagan for reminding us of Rushdie’s bravery as a thinker, author and champion of free speech. The Satanic Verses guide gross sales are trending on the high of bestsellers, in a resurgence of curiosity in Rushdie after the stabbing, however the Nobel Prize for literature has eluded him all these years. Possibly it’s time now to recognise absolutely the genius, magic and dedication to reality his writings have ignited in individuals all over the world via literature. Manbir Singh Kohli, Pemulwuy

Thanks, Richard Flanagan, in your great tribute to Salman Rushdie. Nonetheless, there’s one other facet to Rushdie that the majority are in all probability not conscious of, he’s a rock’n’roll fanatic, even imagining himself as a Jerry Lee Lewis rocker. Whereas president of USA PEN in 2012 he expanded the definition of literary excellence to incorporate rock and roll lyrics so songwriters could be recognised for his or her work. The primary two artists to obtain this tribute on the identical day was the king of rock n roll, Chuck Berry, and Leonard Cohen. Sadly, a while after Rushdie left the presidency of PEN USA they did away with these awards. Con Vaitsas, Ashbury

Seeing inexperienced

Linda Bergin’s opinion piece is spot on (“Foreshore forsaken once more and for what”, August 17). What Sydney wants at Barangaroo is a park that gives a densely populated space of Sydney with harbourside inexperienced house that respects the nation’s heritage. The chance not taken will present a fistful of ineffective {dollars}. Taken, it’s going to present a priceless profit to all of us. Kate Eccles, Mosman Parks & Bushland Affiliation

Infrastructure NSW calls the tall condo constructing deliberate for Barangaroo a “punctuated landmark”. What an correct description; such a outstanding eyesore will definitely be a “full cease” to the pure great thing about the harbour foreshore. Steve Taverner, Gulgong

Linda Bergin prosecutes a convincing case for offering public house. However whereas becoming this final piece of Barangaroo’s bungled puzzle, might we attain past our colonial previous, and ship the much-needed public open house?

Because the unique design competitors’s announcement, Barangaroo’s potential to type a triumphant triad with the Opera Home and our harbour’s “coat hanger” has been slowly however certainly squandered. Public land, through a succession of watered-down iterations of the profitable design, has manifested into changing into a developer’s dream.

The present DA for Central Barangaroo represents the predictable “last nail”. Completely agreed Harbour Park ought to ship on its identify. Nonetheless, might the proximity to Me-Mel (Goat Island) encourage one thing of deeper historic connection? A reappraisal would offer Sydney with a spot of larger historic gravitas, plus a public park. Cleveland Rose, Dee Why

Does the evocative unique time period “the hungry mile” now turn into “the cash hungry mile”?
Kent Mayo, Uralla

Large payments, no abilities

Ross Gittins argues that we have to turn into accustomed to a abilities scarcity, particularly within the “care economic system”, because the Australian inhabitants ages (“Employees set to achieve higher hand”, August 17).

Gittins suggests that buyers and companies can’t and are unwilling to pay the upper wages that the labour market requires to fill the unfilled jobs.

A part of the blame for this can be attributed to our failed industrial relations system. There’s a long-term disconnect between employee productiveness and actual wages. The designer market mechanism – enterprise bargaining – has didn’t ship elevated actual wages which are commensurate with elevated employee productiveness for explicit enterprises.

Overlook in regards to the jobs and abilities summit. It’s a talkfest designed to permit individuals to let off steam. It’s previous time to assemble an skilled group, and redesign Australia’s industrial relations system. Geoff Black, Caves Seashore

Gittins highlights a tweet from an economics professor to draw extra staff to important jobs comparable to academics, nurses and aged care staff in an already ageing workforce: “If we would like all these individuals, we’ll must pay them much more than we do now – and deal with them rather a lot higher”. Sadly, the wheels of presidency and huge establishments flip slowly and the pay rise course of is combative and damaging. This disaster wants fixing now, not after extra many years of talkfests and resultant decay. Janice Creenaune, Austinmer

Programming selection broadens views

I could also be 63, however I’m not able to be happy with limiting my Friday evening viewing to predictability (Letters, August 17). I welcome the younger comedians (go Aaron!) and alternate, youthful pursuits on my TV display. Tradition isn’t owned, however is supposed to be dynamic. Your correspondent ought to strive watching the younger, with their various types, views and cultures. Chances are you’ll realise they’ve one thing to say. Sharon McGuinness, Thirroul

Studying your correspondent’s letter outlining the superior cultural values of ABC-watching seniors contained a typography mistake. Certainly, the phrase she was in search of is “smug and comfy”.
Col Stokes, Camperdown

Let ladies take 5

Good to see Australian ladies cricketers will play extra Check matches in future seasons (“Extra Checks, new IPL window therapeutic revamped ladies’s schedule,” August 17). The subsequent constructive step is to extend the length of ladies’s Check matches to 5 days, the identical as males’s. 4 days is simply too brief, and sometimes ends in a irritating draw. Alan Templeman, Wyoming

Uncommon beauties

Bringing again the thylacine could be a bonus, however let’s make each effort to avoid wasting the endangered species which are nonetheless right here and simply hanging on to their perilous existence (“Bid to revive tiger is both a fairytale or a furry tail”, August 17). Doug Walker, Baulkham Hills

The digital view

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