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It’s time for Albanese to show fight, policies

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In my opinion, the campaign so far is made up of four fairly simple words. Petty, pedantic and arrogant politics. Election day can’t come soon enough. Rose Panidis, Graceville (Qld)

We don’t have presidential elections, so why do we only hear from the two leaders and not from each team in their respective portfolios? Can we find out more about the competing teams? Peter Wotton, Pyrmont

I hang around for the “draw moment” when the “top fund managers” ask these greedy corporations to return our $20 billion in JobKeeper funds or face the consequences. Kathleen Hollins, Northmead

A few letter writers have asked over the past few weeks how gullible politicians think we are. A little apparently. Margaret Grove, Abbotsford

The unemployment rate hides inequalities

So Anthony Albanese wasn’t too far off the mark when he quoted the unemployment rate at 5.4%, which roughly matches the Parramatta LHD rate (″⁣Unemployment rate in town 1% in one district, 9% elsewhere″⁣, April 18). What Morrison fails to acknowledge when quoting the unemployment rate is that it is driving up the average rate in Greater Sydney. While a 4% unemployment rate sounds encouraging, it doesn’t take into account the kind of work desperate people take, for example, in the gig economy. Similarly, talking about the unemployment rate hides the lack of career opportunities that exists due to a reduction in TAFE and university places. The next time Morrison quotes ″⁣4 percent″⁣, be brave enough to ask him which part of Australia he is referring to.
Patricia Farrar, Concorde

Week of work

Many people misunderstand why working a minimum of one hour qualifies someone as an employee. The ABS collects data on people who worked at least one hour during the survey week. This does not mean that they only work one hour per week. (There are several reasons why they may have only worked an hour during the week of the survey.) The second question is where does the line lie between employment and unemployment? Some people can work between one and 10 hours a week because that’s all they want. Are they counted as unemployed? The ABS collects data on underemployment – those who have a job but want more hours – but this figure is not given as much prominence as the unemployment rate. Carolyn Skinner, Peddler (ACT)

The substance, not the sport

Margaret Simons (“Reporting politics is not like calling football”, April 18) captures what I shouted at my television, my radio and my computer. Election coverage reads like sports pages, focusing on moments, not substance. “The Gaffe” (now with a life of its own) only seems important because the reporters weren’t talking about anything else. Politics, the real record of the coalition government and other big questions are all seemingly irrelevant. Michael Berg, Randwick

I fear Margaret Simons’ advice to journalists to steer clear of “sports-type” political reporting will fall on deaf ears. Most voters seem to follow a political party just like their favorite football team, coming to terms with their underachievement, lack of creative play and “stubborn” behavior out of blind loyalty. Our vote should be above that type of loyalty. The team in place has failed to solve the current major problems of our society, but still seem popular enough to be able to return to power. It’s not a game. Michael Traynor, Bellambi

Money in the trash

The article revealing that the Coalition was spending more on ad recycling than on climate and skills combined (“The government has spent more on recycling ads than on climate and skills combinedApril 18) indicates the government’s distorted and misleading approach to the truth. Whether this was done for partisan political purposes is a question worth asking. As far as I can tell the ads suck. Geoff Nilon, mascot

Payne-ful to watch

Katherine Deves’ apology is truly inconsequential, Marisa Payne (“Payne on a fence above Deves in Warringah”, April 18) because it does not change her opinion on trans women in sport and how it will determine any fair parliamentary response to these issues in the future. Elizabeth Kroon, Randwick

It was painful to watch Minister Payne perched inelegantly on the fence as she tried to defend the indefensible. The Liberals’ misguided “captain’s choice” in Deves’ selection has no place in our politics, and the minister should have had the guts to say it loud and clear. Bill Young, Killcare Heights

Blue safe and ignored

I can assure your correspondent that the inhabitants of the beaches in the upper north do indeed feel neglected (Letters, April 18). Feeling overlooked and ignored goes with the territory in a blue color-coded safe seat. However, the voters in my constituency have had enough. Make no mistake, there is a solid and viable independent alternative here. Voters who want their voices heard in Canberra will make their feelings known at the polls. Joy Nason, Mona Vale

Simplified sample

David Crowe (“More tire kicks: the number indicates how much is left in play”, April 18) is right to point out the 2.6% margin of error in the latest Resolve Policy Monitor. The recognized sample of 1,404 eligible voters represents less than one in 10,000 people qualified to vote. Brian Kidd, Mount Waverley (Vic)

The art of writing

The process of writing, like reading, is for many an arduous journey that is rarely recognized for its breadth and depth of complications (“Even in selective schools, writing is the hardest school», April 18). Learning to write encompasses many forms, from responding to other texts and writers, creative writing to assigned stimulation material, scientific analysis, argumentative essays, even social media submissions . Classroom tasks are often defined and marked, but the art of teaching writing in all its forms is often obscured or simply set aside as an adjunct in the classroom. Writing can (and should be) taught in all its forms and practices, but like music, while most can play and improve, that doesn’t always make them “musicians”. A writer can train and perfect himself, but not all of us can be “writers”. We shouldn’t expect more. Janice Creenaune, Austinmer

Epicenter of attention

My most boring word is “epicenter” (Letters, April 18). It has a specific and useful meaning – the point on the Earth’s surface directly above an earthquake. People started using it to mean “center”, probably because it seemed more important. Chris Baker, Normanhurst

Want to crater

Potholes upon potholes (Letters, April 18)? You were lucky. We have no roads and no pothole picture on the wall (apologies to Monty Python). Robert Hickey, Green Dot

O my dear

How curious that the names of the candidates for Prime Minister are ″⁣ScoMo″⁣ and, wait for it, ″⁣Albo″⁣. Embarrassingly left, one might say. Mind you, I can assure readers that a name of only four letters ending in ″⁣o″⁣ can indicate a quiet but deep intellect. Kent Mayo, Uralla

Christian in name only

God may have entered the election campaign, but not in the company of the Australian Christian lobby (Letters, April 18). Neither Australian (in the sense of national) nor Christian, it is a single-issue lobby group seemingly bent on defaming LGBTQ people in any way and form possible. Rev. Meredith Williams, Northmead

digital vision
Online comment of one of the stories that attracted the most comments from readers yesterday on smh.com.au
Albanese pays the price for a bad week as voters return to government
Since Alain Arthur: For what seems like decades, people have been calling for more honesty and decency in politicians. As soon as we get, this is called as a weakness.

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