The Prime Minister’s Nazi Suit Reveals a Failure of Education

One of the most beloved comedy shows, Monty Python, frequently made fun of Nazi culture, and everyone laughed at it. Let those who have no sin cast the first stone.
John Cummings, Anglesea

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ban evil greeting
At every opportunity to do so, Thomas Sewell gives a Nazi salute (“White Supremacy Saved Prison,” 1/13). After assaulting a security guard, he avoided a jail sentence and later left court without regret or remorse. For the benefit of the media and those watching the news, he gave another Nazi salute. The government saw fit to ban the swastika, which was a Nazi desecration of another holy symbol.

It is time for action to ban the Nazi salute. Such behavior is disgusting, and I cannot even begin to imagine how the Jewish people feel, and in particular the descendants of those who fell victim to the Nazi death camps.
Douglas Potter, Surrey Hills

jail terms
A woman peacefully blocks traffic on the Harbor Bridge to highlight the climate emergency and is sent to prison. A neo-Nazi attacks a Channel Nine security guard and walks free (in an order of community correction). Go figure.
Joe Nieuwenhuizen, Somers

Connecting the costs
Peter Dutton cannot connect the dots in the climate impact matrix. He will not commit to Labor’s strategies to reduce carbon emissions as “these costs will be passed on to consumers who are already making it difficult” (“Greens can block Labor on carbon offset scheme”, 13/ 1) but they can’t see that much of the 16.2 percent inflation in fruits and vegetables is due to floods that “wreaked havoc on supply chains” (“The floods cost the economy $5 billion because the bad winds are forecast to continue”, 1/13).
Bernd Aberle Southbank

The data does not lie
Nick O’Malley’s article citing figures showing the past eight years have been the hottest on record (Age, 1/13) should convince those who point to recent freezing weather in the US and Europe and a cool start to summer by arguing that global warming is a figment of scientists’ imaginations. These deniers claim that any warming is a natural cycle of climate variation.

The data now shows that global warming is constant and inexorable. It is up to us whether we take the immediate steps necessary to at least slow down this warming phenomenon.

The Albanian government’s climate strategies may not be perfect, but they demand the support of all politicians. Let’s not play while Rome Burns due to some differences in the details of our approach to addressing this urgent and pending disaster.
Graeme Lechte, West Brunswick

change the wire
The plan to send solar power to Singapore is on shaky ground (“Billionaires’ War of Words Heats Up Over Sun Cable,” 1/13). All is not lost, we can now reroute the 4,200 kilometer cable along the already cleared Ghana and Indian Pacific routes and connect this massive solar farm to the national electricity grid serving all of Australia and its people.
Lance Wilson, Brighton East

deep reflection
Such an insightful reflection from Waleed Aly (“Jan’s Parting Gift, A Life Lesson,” 1/13) on his mother-in-law’s path to death. So much wisdom in recognizing the beauty of a life that ends well as a great parting gift. I am grateful that Aly found the strength to share the understanding she gained at a time of such profound loss.
Merridie CostelloFrankston

don’t be in a hurry
Waleed Aly’s heartfelt reflections and tributes on the impending passing of his beloved mother-in-law are both sobering and wonderfully thoughtful. Yes, we humans fear and in most cases we avoid the inevitable. Grieve in your own unique way; accept the inevitable phase of great sadness, do not rush by the time expectations of those around you that may impose a period of emotional recovery on you.
As those of us in the Jewish community say, “I wish you all a long life.”
Maurie Johns, Mount Eliza

worthwhile journey
I lost the love of my life, my wife, Toby, my soul mate and best friend of 56 years, in almost identical circumstances to Waleed’s mother-in-law, Jan. Many families have struggled and will struggle with similar heartbreak. I have spent the last 10 months transitioning from utter pain to now enjoying wonderful memories of our devotion and life together. Waleed has really captured the moment and the feelings that prevail during that incredibly harrowing final journey. It has certainly reinforced my own belief that the inevitability of death and how it can be handled with love and care, as well as pain, can turn into lifelong beauty and happiness.
Chris Malkin, Malvern

Keep to public issues
Turn off the continuous stream of your writers using your columns to write obituaries for family members and tributes for your heroism in the face of a terminal illness or medical event. Just this week we’ve published a column about Kate Halfpenny’s mother’s broken ribs and trips to ICU and the terminal decline of Waleed Aly’s mother-in-law.

We, as readers, do not know these people. We hope to buy a newspaper to read about news and “public issues/problems”, not to mourn the “private problems” of the relatives of the columnists.
Jan Powning, Northcote

a better way
It is intriguing that George Pell, a man of such obvious intelligence, had such a flexible moral compass. Barney Zwartz (Comment, 12/1) was right when he said that Pell was a faithful servant of the church, not his flock. It would have been better for everyone if Pell had chosen the path of the Richmond Football Club.
Russell Kidd, Carnegie

The obvious step of the church
Your correspondent rightfully hopes for “a Catholic Church of humility, inclusiveness, and compassion,” so why shouldn’t women be admitted to ministry now? Most of the nuns I have known have been more inclined to exhibit these virtues than the priests.
Peter Drum, Coburg

omission of Pell
Your correspondent (12/1) claims that Pell is being unfairly targeted as ″There is not a shred of evidence that he was guilty by action or omission″⁣. She is wrong. The findings of a five-year royal commission on child sexual abuse, though disputed by Pell, were that he knew about child abuse, particularly within the Victorian diocese of Ballarat, and failed to take appropriate action on numerous allegations about it. dangerous priests. including Gerald Ridsdale and Peter Searson.
John Togno, Mandurang

aggressive truckers
The next time the Prime Minister has a Barbie in Lindsay Fox’s cliff-top mansion, perhaps he could respectfully raise the subject of the big lorries emblazoned with the Linfox logo hurtling down Melbourne’s motorways, in All weather, in the outside lane, following motorists. While they are not the only offenders, the Linfox trucks are certainly the most prominent.
Michael Slocum, Ascot Valley

Will end soon
For those who want to forget about Harry and Meghan, don’t worry, it will happen sooner than you think. People have already forgotten where this saga began. It’s not that Harry is lazy and “wants the life of a royal, but he doesn’t want to do the job” (Letters, 1/13). Quite the opposite. By January 2020, he had decided that he did not want to work “full-time” as a royal and did want to be financially independent, something you would have thought all those who complain about the cost of royalty would have applauded. Part-time work in the family business was not an unreasonable request, but he was quickly told it was “all or nothing” and turned away.

Despite this unedifying transition period, Harry made the right decision. The sooner he gets off the front pages, the sooner everyone will calm down.
Margaret Callinan, Hawthorn

misused mate
As Carolyn Webb (Comment, 1/13) says, the word “partner” is widely abused and misused. Tensions rise between two men in a pub. Trying to calm things down, one says: “Calm down mate.” The other guy replies, “Don’t call me mate, mate!”
Rod Wise, Surrey Hills

boy’s problem
Carolyn Webb, aren’t you Australian? No, you’re fine buddy. What annoys me is going to a cafe with my wife and being greeted with “I can help you guys” when it’s obvious my wife is a Sheila, not a man.
John Lindsay, Benalla

regrettable loss
Congratulations to those who defend the letter ″⁣T″⁣, which is being dominated by its heavier brother, ″⁣D″⁣. But I would like to mention the case of poor ″⁣L″⁣, swallowed by the voracious ″⁣Y″⁣ to the point where millions of Australians can’t even name our own sports teams: ″⁣The Australian captain has chosen to bat″⁣.
Elaine Hill, Warrnambool

summer delight
The series My Summer in Age it’s a beautiful light read in the midst of all the chaos in the world. Yesterday’s delivery, with the founder of the Asylum Seekers Resource Center, Kon Karapanagiotidis, was a delight.

Kon enjoys simple pleasures (“the scent of fresh basil”). But there is no respite for his sense of social justice. The worst thing about summer is the buzzing of mosquitoes? No, it’s “knowing how difficult vacations are for so many”. Kon, you are a legend!
Maryanne Barclay, Frankston South



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And another thing

George Pell
Regarding George Pell, one of Mark Twain’s quotes is: “The church is always trying to get other people to reform; maybe it’s not a bad idea to reform a bit, by way of example”.
Steve Barrett, Glenbrook

Given that we are warned “not to speak ill of the dead” and considering that very few are saints when they leave us, that is a difficult decision.
Tris Raouf, Hadfield

dominic perrottet
Dominic Perrottet wearing a Nazi uniform was not “a mistake.” He didn’t put it on by accident. It was a decision.
julie conquest, brighton

I hope no one remembers what I did at 21.
Ross Barke, Lakes Inlet

A mistake is something that can be corrected with an eraser or liquid paper. A mistake is not to dress in a Nazi uniform for your 21st birthday.
Ed Veber, East Malvern

Big mistake Sunday. You should have blamed someone else, like Harry did.
Tony O’Brien, South Melbourne

fox barbie
Why would Lindsay Fox invite the Prime Minister and Prime Minister to a private barbecue at her Portsea beach house?
Phil Lipshut, Elsternwick

Hello Albo, Barbie in ours next Sunday. Sorry, the helicopter is being repaired.
Geoffrey Binder, Black Hill

australian open
Since booing Novak Djokovic has been banned, perhaps those who were inclined to do this could greet his appearance with complete silence.
Marie Nash, Balwyn

Would Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley like to try to stamp out booing at AFL matches? Good luck.
John Walsh, Watsonia

Finally
Having no way of blocking Labor’s agenda on climate reform, it seems that the greenest thing about the Greens is envy.
Phil Alexander, Eltham

Ironically, the nine consecutive warmest years we just recorded will be the nine coldest years we will experience from now on.
Dennis Richards, Cockatoo

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