Letters to the editor, March 8

Kiana Shortt (right) and her mother Katherine Shortt at Hay's Mardi Gras.
Kiana Shortt (right) and her mother Katherine Shortt at Hay's Mardi Gras.

Lack of respect on show

Regarding the video online in your publication March 5 regarding the Hay mardi gras.

We heard from the organisers how it was about inclusion and acceptance.

We have heard how people from the gay community are ridiculed.

We have heard about the “hurtful” comments endured by homosexuals and transgender people. 

We have heard how it was about the whole community joining in.

Why then did they think it necessary and acceptable to have men dressed as Roman Catholic nuns?

Apparently it is not OK to ridicule unless it is the nuns that are ridiculed.

Apparently it is about accepting a person’s choices, except the choice to be a person of faith.

Nuns for the greatest part do a lot of good in society and are people who dedicate their life to Jesus Christ.

I find it appalling that these women are mocked.

If the gay mardi gras was about inclusion, then next year if they intend to mock the nuns then they should equally mock Islam and their prophet Mohammed, who called for homosexuals to be killed.

In fact, most Islamic scholars only disagree with the method of killing homosexuals, not the fact that they ought to be killed according to sharia.

So if there is to be another mocking of the nuns, let there be a mocking of Mohammed as well so that there truly can be “inclusion”.

Graeme Bell


Politicians’ spending out of control

Isn’t it great to see the Australian Tax Office doing its job, by undertaking random audits of taxpayers to bust them if they have overclaimed on work expenses. 

Meanwhile, Julie Bishop has claimed $32,000 in taxpayer-funded family travel for her long-term boyfriend. 

Of course, she is not obliged to disclose his financial interests on the parliamentary register as he is not her spouse, or de facto partner. 

But he certainly is important enough for be ferried around the country on the taxpayers’ dime.

In other news sure to lift the spirits of Australian workers, we learn that several politicians are spending more on photocopying and communications than the average Australian would earn in a year.

Barnaby Joyce apparently spent $98,000 in 10 weeks. 

Of course, as a spokesman said, all that spending was “within the printing and communications guidelines, complied with the necessary requirements and was independently approved prior to distribution”.

They spend more on printing that we earn in a year, and we’re the ones getting audited. 

Is it just me, or is this simply outrageous?

Craig Anderson


What have we done?

It is often said that we get the politicians we deserve. 

What have we done to get Michaelia Cash? 

As a former minister for women, her outburst at Senate estimates yesterday was disgusting. 

To use female staff in the opposition leader’s office is really sinking to a horrible low. 

The opposition leader is fair game in what passes as political debate but to use alleged rumours about female staff is a very underhanded, even vicious, way of attacking a political opponent. 

If the PM has strong moral views about parliamentarian’s behaviour he should discipline this minister.

Mary Kidson



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