JOHN Lawton (Short Takes 8/5), is that the negative Tony Abbott who screamed tax, tax, tax to torpedo the ALP government's mining tax proposal? Australians, finally, were to get a commercial return on their mineral wealth but that was lost for all time. All that funding for infrastructure from helping build instant China, gone. In my opinion Tony Abbott betrayed every Australian.
Graeme Tychsen, Rankin Park
STEVE Barnett (Short Takes 8/5) asks if voters shudder at the sight of Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd. Their legislative achievements (over 500) include the NDIS, NBN, paid parental leave, improving the pay of low paid workers (mainly women), apology to the Stolen Generation and the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse. Historically, Labor and Greens are the parties that do things for people. The Coalition is the party that does things to people, and I think that's worth shuddering about.
John Arnold, Anna Bay
MICHAEL Hinchey (Letters 8/5) Clive Palmer is the only honest politician we have. He said he doesn't give a stuff what we think. Well, buddy, neither do all the rest of our candidates. That's a fact. They don't have the courage to tell you or me they are in it for personal gain and nothing more, so hats off to Clive for telling it as it is. I think Mr Hill's opinion may be the same as Clive.
Steve Barnett, Fingal Bay
TO Michael Hinchey (Letters 8/5): you have described most of our politicians, well done, but the big difference being that Clive Palmer is the only one telling the truth when he says he doesn't give a stuff about what you personally think. I say hats off to Mr Palmer for his honesty and vote one for Clive Palmer making Australia great again.
Brad Hill, Singleton
FAIR point, Steve Barnett and Jim Gardiner (Short Takes 8/5) but you've obviously done a Rip van Winkle and completely missed the Tony, Malcolm and Scott melodrama of backstabbing, incompetence and policy inertia. I won't even mention the others like Dutton and Cash.
Chris Peters, Newcastle
TO Steve Barnett and Jim Gardner (Short Takes 8/5): I believe "shuddering embarrassment and disastrous dysfunction" totally describes the current government.
Richard Dempsey, New Lambton
REGARDING Nathan Brown's David Klemmer comparison ('Brown compares Klemmer to Harragon', Herald 7/5), surely he's not serious? In my opinion Klemmer wouldn't do Harragon's bootlaces up, or those of Tony Butterfield, Mark Sargent, Sam Stewart or Rodney Howe. The list goes on.
Brett Scott, Cessnock
WHAT'S all the fuss about? Israel Folau covered most of us in his statement about going to hell. I fell into at least three categories. Apparently he is quoting the Bible. Hell is a mythical place that doesn't actually exist, so why are they getting their knickers in a knot? As an atheist I can't believe in the backlash over someone who is expressing an opinion. What's happened to free speech? You can either agree with it or just ignore it.