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Letters: Australian policy toxicity exposed

Senator Kitching’s removal from the tactics committee was the result of political differences, not a gender issue. If she had been deemed ineligible to serve on this committee, she would have been expelled regardless of her gender.

Allegations of being “harassed” were leveled against three of the Labor Party’s leading female performers, namely Penny Wong, Christina Keneally and Cathy Gallagher.
None of them have been confirmed. All three deny the main thrust of the allegations.

Senator Wong admitted to making an indiscreet remark to Senator Kitching in 2019. Shortly thereafter, she apologized and believed that the apology had been accepted.
Anthony Albanese has made it clear that his door is open to anyone who wishes to discuss internal party matters. Judging by his track record, he speaks only the truth.

Frank Carroll
Muruka, Queensland

Kitsch got it wrong with Holgate

While I feel sorry for the Kimberley Kitching family, the senator wasn’t always right in her attacks. One such case involved an incredibly brilliant former Australian Post chief executive.

Christine Holgate did no more than was expected in corporate Australia by rewarding outstanding employees with luxury watches.
The fallout from Senator Kitching’s exposure in Senate assessments of the value of luxury watches and Scott Morrison’s protests in the House of Representatives cost Australia Post one of the most active CEOs in Australian business history.

Chris Burden
Encounter Bay, South Africa

Exclude Russia and China from the Olympic family

The free world must give up the illusion that sport, including the Olympics, contributes to peace. It provides a veneer of respectability to nations that completely disregard human rights.

Russia and China declared unlimited cooperation. This was the green light for the invasion of Ukraine. China turns a blind eye to the killing of children and even pregnant women.

The International Olympic Committee turned a blind eye to war crimes, as well as to the genocide of minorities such as the Uighurs and Tibetans. It should be disbanded and a new Olympic Committee set up, which will ban Russia and China. This carnage must stop.

Adam Mikka
Caves Beach, South Africa

The banker who relied on AFR for 50 years

I can’t be a ″⁣leading Australian″⁣; however, in 1972 I was transferred to the investment department of the Bank of New South Wales as an aid officer (“Who reads the AFR? Leading Australians share their memories,” March 18).

Reporting to the bank’s then head office at 60 Martin Place, I was sent to the Nominee Company located on the first floor of The Wales House, at Pitt, Hunter and O’Connell Streets, ironically the former home of that mast. The manager asked what I knew about securities, and, referring to my banking business, I excitedly told him that I had prepared a lot of securities in the form of mortgages. His answer is, ″⁣not those – stocks, debentures″⁣.

My stay there was short, and I was promoted to the 16th floor of the head office as an investment manager clerk, whose job it was to update the watch list of listed companies that assisted the investment committee in the management of various portfolios. I still remember poring over the tables in Flan, never thinking that in 50 years my letters would be published on these pages.

Allan Gibson, OAM
Cherrybrook, New South Wales

Friedenberg Bug Fee at JobKeeper

New Zealand and other countries have been smart and farsighted enough to include a refund clause in their JobKeeper equivalents. How embarrassing for Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to draw attention (Rear Window, March 18) to the lack of a simple refund clause in his JobKeeper scheme when he asks Australian taxpayers to contribute to cover a shortfall that is largely his own making.

Jerry O’Reilly
Camberwell, Vic

Lowe still ignores inflation warnings

As inflation skyrockets, the cost of living is quickly becoming the top ballot issue as the federal election approaches.
However, Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe keeps telling us that inflation is well under control and interest rates will not be raised “until 2024 at the earliest”, luring more (mostly young) Australians into the dream of buying high-mortgage-financed homes. cheap money account. Money.

However, there have been warning signs for several months: food, medicine and fuel prices have risen rapidly as the perfect storm – rising interest rates and daily spending – approaches for many Australian households. With almost $2 trillion in mortgages around his neck, Dr. Lowe must take some responsibility for this extremely worrisome prospect.

Ross Taylor
Claremont, Washington

The horse is about to run

The inflationary horse will break if the Reserve Bank waits until July or August to raise interest rates.

Malcolm Cameron
Camberwell, Vic

Diving under insurance premiums

I agree that floods in large river catchments and relatively undeveloped floodplains are comparatively easier to model because “historical data is quite reliable” and provides excellent empirical data against which flood engineering models can be calibrated (“Rainbomb is hard to map” , says Suncorp.″⁣, March 17).

And I agree that modeling small urban watersheds with all the complexities of the built environment is much more difficult. Currently, flood models in these areas are based on lidar aerial photography data. This is the data for creating digital terrain models, which are the main input for flood models. Their accuracy is hardly better than +/- 100 mm, and the models themselves are usually not supported by extensive ground studies.

It is also not easy to analyze and include the ability of roads and other infrastructure to store local flood runoff. So, yes, some properties whose floor level is not at risk even in the most severe cases are included in flood-prone planning zones and can be sold for much higher premiums. For those with little engineering knowledge to contest such premiums or prone to financial problems, such as retirees, this is unwise. And yes, it’s personal.

Peter Thornton
Killara, New South Wales

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