A misreading of the Australian temper
John Kehoe has misinterpret the room on the September 22 public holiday (“Shutting down Australia for Queen’s demise is absurd”, September 15).
He supplies no unique concepts, and he has no actual concept that the Queen’s demise is a lot extra necessary than the musings of Kehoe and Ankon Rahman. “Community cohesion and civic solidarity” are precisely what Australians need, and the holiday might be good for the opposite 25 million Australians.
Bill Bishop, Palm Beach, NSW
Our change of standing began 100 years in the past
As monarchists all over the place proudly proclaim, King Charles and Queen Camilla reign over an impartial Australia, not a colony.
Reaching this place took some doing, nevertheless. The a centesimal anniversary of the way it began falls on September 16.
On September 15, 1922, a mere seven years after the Gallipoli catastrophe and no matter not having any efficient forces the place they’d be wanted, the British authorities determined to go to warfare with Turkey (once more), beginning within the Dardanelles (once more).
Before the dominion governments had even been knowledgeable, Winston Churchill casually introduced to the press the next day that the dominions could be “requested” to ship troops.
The outcome was an uproar which rocked the British Empire to its foundations. Dominion troopers had come home from World War I very resentful of how the British had handled them, and their governments have been nicely conscious of this.
So New Zealand alone dedicated to sending any troops. Newfoundland formally agreed, however did nothing additional. Australia formally agreed underneath protest, but in addition did nothing additional. South Africa ignored the entire query. Canada stated its parliament needed to be consulted first, and the talk there was loud and rancorous.
In 1914, George V had declared warfare on behalf of the entire empire; in 1922, that was not doable. The British backed down from confronting Turkey, then turned to placating the dominions. After 9 years of, um, discussions, the British provided full authorized and political independence to the dominions by way of the Statute of Westminster, 1931.
Australia underneath Joe Lyons and later Bob Menzies refused to just accept it. John Curtin’s authorities lastly accepted the Statute of Westminster in October 1942. Forty years later, the High Court discovered that Britain had develop into a international nation.
We ought to have a good time simply precisely what King Charles and Queen Camilla imply to us.
G.T.W. Agnew, Coopers Plains, Qld
Discussing the worth of the monarchy
So, residents of Australia usually are not allowed to specific their opinion on the worth of the British monarchy in our society?
Let’s implement our conservative, male-driven social values. Why uphold the precise of each citizen to carry a political view which will offend monarchists?
Let’s overlook what we’ve fought for, what we thought we had. Why don’t we simply let unthinking mental dinosaurs on shock jock radio information our society? What have we come to!
John Golden, Newport, NSW
Never thoughts the royals, let’s give attention to our future
There has been a lot discuss the way forward for the monarchy now that the Queen has gone. A clue may be discovered within the relations. King Charles III talks to the crops, Prince Andrew talks to the incorrect individuals, in accordance with her father Princess Anne solely talks to horses, and no person talks about Prince Edward.
Australia wants to speak about its personal future.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill, Vic
Turning Qantas into a finances airline?
Alan Joyce have to be happy that he has the total assist of Qantas’ chairman Richard Goyder (“How Qantas is pulling out of the aviation gap”, September 14).
Mr Joyce has a lengthy historical past in working finances airways. From my current experiences and people talked about in The Australian Financial Review, it seems he’s nicely on his option to creating a good finances airline to handle – name centre wait occasions, delays, IT points, eight-week refund occasions, misplaced baggage, and so forth – and has the assist of the chairman.
Perhaps Qantas must “take flight” and discover a much less busy chairman (Letters, September 15) who will discover what is going on, and/or a CEO who needs to run a premium airline.
The planes ought to be on time within the clouds, not delayed on the bottom, getting the incorrect baggage loaded.
Bob Korbel, Tusmore, SA
Brian Sherman: an distinctive Australian
It was within the mid to late Seventies, as an funding clerk within the Bank of New South Wales funding administration division, that I first met a not too long ago arrived immigrant from South Africa (“Brian Sherman loses battle with Parkinson’s illness”, September 15).
I reported to Sherman, who was one of many portfolio managers. Little did I realise that his life would take him within the route it did. His contribution to business, commerce and philanthropy has been distinctive. Sincere condolences are prolonged to his household.
Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook, NSW
Relevant issues disregarded of the RBA overview
Our parliament ought to prolong the present overview of the Reserve Bank of Australia to contemplate the chance of economic establishments together with the RBA being sued by ClientEarth or different activists (“RBA board faces overhaul after overview”, September 14).
The European Central Bank reported final yr that ClientEarth had sued Belgium’s central financial institution. This yr it gained a case within the Court of Justice of the EU that the European Investment Bank had illegally averted environmental scrutiny of its financing choices.
The RBA overview’s phrases of reference, introduced in July, additionally averted asking the query raised by the then deputy governor of the Bank of England in his 1999 Jackson Hole speech: “Will central banks exist in any respect?” His evaluation led him to recommend that “the successors to Bill Gates would have put the successors to Alan Greenspan out of business”.
The phrases of reference additionally don’t point out expertise, cryptocurrencies or local weather change. This makes them no extra related to our future than deciding learn how to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Shann Turnbull, Woollahra, NSW
Jobs will sail away if requirements maintain sliding
Hannah Wootton’s “Firms save huge on pay by going offshore” (September 14) ought to be minimize out and posted on the noticeboards of each college and college. The message is obvious: if you’d like a white-collar job in Australia, you have to be 25 per cent higher than your equal in a low-wage financial system.
Our politicians may also put it on their noticeboards to alert them to the pace with which Australia may lose skilled employment alternatives except college funding is correctly addressed.
Gerry O’Reilly, Camberwell, Vic