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Our family and millions of other responsible Australians have taken precautions at the request of the government and healthcare professionals to get four injections of Covid vaccines to protect ourselves and others we may come into contact with. The government’s decision to lift the three-year ban on tennis player Novak Djokovic, due to his refusal to obey our Covid regulations, is not only a big mistake, it’s an insult to all of us who we did the right thing with the vaccinations. Consider what would happen if infected, will he take a bed away from someone who is critically ill with Covid even though they are being treated privately? Djokovic arrogantly told us last time “it’s my way” or you won’t see me. Simple really then “it’s the highway” for him and reverse the decision.
William and Jacqueline Tuck, Orange

broken foreign policy

Poland hit by missile strikes? (“Poland says missile is ‘most likely’ Russian”, SMH.com.au) I find it hard to reconcile Russia’s membership of the UN Security Council, whose role is to maintain of international peace, with its recent actions in Ukraine and now [possibly] Poland. I may not understand the intricacies of geopolitics or the nuances of economic foreign policy, but in my opinion, something is seriously broken.
Diane Dennis, Epping

Enemies must work together

“Surrender” is perhaps too strong a word from Hartcher (“So This Is What Surrender by a Great Power Looks Like”, November 15). It is in both Australia’s and China’s interest to ‘stabilize’ the relationship. We want the two Australian citizens languishing in a Chinese prison to have a speedy and fair trial and to see the sanctions on our products lifted, while Beijing cannot afford to alienate an important player in the Asia- Pacific as it faces the strategic headwinds of containment policies by the United States and the prospect of further isolation due to its “limitless partnership” with Russia. Xi’s hardline stance fails to sway Canberra’s position, despite the change of government, although it is possible that the Morrison government’s belligerent rhetoric towards China has contributed to the switch to Labor for many Australian Chinese voters by elsewhere conservative.
Han Yang, North Turramurra

One wonders if Xi Jinping was born with his current expression. The enigmatic mix of condescension, politeness and insidious cunning seems to have been his default facial presentation for as long as I can remember and has rolled relentlessly through every political climate and mundane upheaval. His mother must have been perplexed at these beginnings.
Judy Finch, Crazy

Lucky country. Imagine the G20 meeting conducted between Morrison and Xi. The post-meeting press conference would have focused on: 1. The wonders of Robo Debt. 2. Departmental simplification and consolidation. 3. Back to coal. 4. G20 2023 in secret in Hawaii. 5. All of the above. David Gunter, Sydney

Cattle Dog 2.0

After reading Hartcher and Massola’s magnificent three-part assessment of our ex-prime minister bulldozer (“Morrison fired Teal’s call as Deves’ ‘lightning rod’ backfired”, November 16), I don’t understand why I was initially so nervous on the evening of May 21 as I sat to watch the results come in. Was another miracle/fluke planned? No. It seems that a cattle dog could have won this election.
Bill Young, Killcare Heights

As our current Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s political star continues to rise, ongoing Herald the dissection of the former Prime Minister and his record in power show him as a venal and arrogant ruler more focused on power than public service. Kudos to the Australian electorate, once again, for separating the wheat from the chaff. How good is that!
French Barry, Cronulla

Like many, I look into the details of Scott Morrison’s disappearance. The Liberal Party was so out of touch (and remains) evident when it ignored the warnings of John Alexander, the then-retired MP for Bennelong, and instead ran the failed former MP John Howard out on his campaign trail.
Howard Charles, Glebe

Why if Kean on barrage?

The split between the prime minister and the treasurer/energy minister raises another key issue (“The Perrottet-Kean Gap Over Energy Choice Exposed,” November 16). Regardless of Kean’s publicly expressed dismay at Paul Broad’s appointment as Perrottet’s energy adviser, one questions the sincerity of his change of heart regarding the raising of the Warragamba dam wall. Kean had been an outspoken critic of the project, but had apparently been forced to take a ‘people before plants’ view. Perhaps now that the flaw has been revealed, some clarification on this issue will be forthcoming.
Roger Epps, Armidale

Diverse crowd at the Sydney Institute

It was great that CBD attended the Sydney Institute’s annual dinner/conference on Monday, along with some 760 other people (“Marles plays old guard of the right on the night of nights”, November 16). However, a few clarifications are in order. CBD focused on a dozen Labor and Liberal politicians in the room as well as media types. Attendees bought tickets or came as guests of those who had tickets. The ABC, Sky News and the Sydney Morning Herald (Nine) tables purchased. Unlike the CBD report, the ABC was not “pushed” to the back. His table was four away from the main table (in the center of the room) and close to the CBD reporter. It is inaccurate to claim that Defense Secretary Richard Marles played “in front of the Tory crowd”. In fact, the audience was diverse and the Deputy Prime Minister essentially stated the government’s defense policy. His keynote speech is on the Sydney Institute website and was filmed by Sky News.
Gérard Henderson, Sydney Institute

The avalanche of technology is rolling towards us

I’m afraid Emma Macey is some kind of voice in the desert. (“Robots Don’t Make Good Teachers; Students Need to Think For Themselves,” November 16.) The ridiculous and unnecessary amounts of tech gadgets in our cars are a perfect example. One can only hope that Macey’s message is heard in all the right places and that student creativity is not crushed by a relentless and mindless avalanche of technology.
Brian Haisman, Winmalee

Great read, young women in Mosman and surrounding areas won’t be overloaded with technology thanks to the good efforts of Queenwood’s Director of Strategic Innovation. Of course, many public schools have already solved the problem, lacking both funding for technology and a director of strategic innovation to regulate it.
Stokes Pass, Camperdown

A brilliant, thought-provoking and must-watch TV series is Capturing (aired on ABC and iView). We should be concerned about the direction in which we are heading with the overuse of technology and its ever-increasing use and reliance.
Jenny Greenwood, Hunter’s Hill

I loved the story of the optimistic old man rescued after his house was swept away (“Henry, 91, sang and recited poetry in nervous expectation,” November 16). He only paid $10 for it. That’s affordable housing. John Swanton, Coogee

Spain leads in masks

We have just returned from Spain where wearing a mask in transport is almost universal (Letters, November 16). If you forget, the bus driver will kindly remind you. We have never seen rants and rants from Holocaust deniers, only sometimes smug, unmasked rebels in their own minds. What is it in the character of the Aussie that prevents us from acting with similar mutual consideration? Tom McGinnessRandwick

The red face fears for the plan of the pharmacy

When it comes to talking to your local pharmacist about your ailments, I suspect most of us – like a teenager buying their first pack of condoms – will suddenly find ringworm treatment spray fascinating as we wait for the store empties before sneaking up to the counter (Letters, November 15). I know I wouldn’t want to discuss the symptoms of a suspected urinary tract infection in front of a queue, especially if the pharmacist then announced in a loud, happy voice that I might possibly have an STD instead. .
Alicia Dawson, Balmain

digital vision

Online commentary on one of the stories that attracted the most comments from readers yesterday on smh.com.au
Xi Jinping meets Anthony Albanese, ending diplomatic deadlock
From the Freethinker: ″⁣We have to tread so carefully here. Appeasing an aggressive and expansive one-party China with a president for life is not worth all the wine sales in the world.″⁣

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