Kath Logan (Letters, 18 Aug) talks about "Labor voters who find Turnbull eminently electable”. What short memories! What about the Gordon Grech affair? Or the fact that as Communications Minister he presided over the attack on free public broadcasting? Or his procrastinating support for a plebiscite on ‘gay marriage’, rather than an early conscience-vote decision of parliament. So much for his purported credentials as a ‘true liberal’. Even Coalition voters don’t want him.
So given Penelope Smith’s astute prediction (Letters, 18 Aug) that “the next federal election will be won by whichever party changes its leader first”, we need to look at Andrew Smith’s shortlist of three potential Labor leaders (Letters, 18 Aug). And the winner is … To replace a climate-change-denying, homophobic misogynist as Prime Minister, the best choice, someone who ticks all three of those boxes, has to be Penny Wong.
There aren't too many ways available for venting one's anger or frustration at some of the things happening in the world around us. One such escape valve is the good old Letter to the Editor, even if only a small proportion of them gets published. It is often well-nigh impossible to keep the discussion short enough for the newspapers. So rather that have them expire in some Editor's Trash bin, we'll preserve them for posterity here. Inevitably, though, some nuances will be lost for those unfamiliar with the background or the letter or article to which we are responding. But each is undoubtedly a miniature literary masterpiece, though you may find the themes become somewhat repetitive.