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Readers Write: You tell us your views and your comments

By Readers Write - posted Monday, 27 September 2004

Readers Write.

Judged by your feedback the community is very concerned and divided over politics and morality. Here are a selection of your views. It is great to see a lively discussion happening through our feedback facility. If you have a point to make or an opinion to share, email us at and we will publish as many as we can.


Alex Deane’s The Tampa refugees: John Howard was right provoked outrage from Marilyn Shepherd: “To claim that Howard was right is grotesque...”

Julie Thomas (Qld.) admits to a certain dichotomy: “The argument that people on the Tampa were not refugees may be right and the denial of asylum to these people may have been the best policy but Howard was not right. He was wrong and immoral and it was unnecessary and dishonourable to use the methods he did to achieve this end.”

In the climate of the election campaign, writing from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Tom Hampstead takes issue with Andrew Leigh (In the climate of the election campaign, writing from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Tom Hampstead takes issue with Andrew Leigh (Matched on Mojo, powers to persuade) and says he: “Can’t understand why Howard is widely thought of as lying”.

He goes on: “Certainly he has changed his mind and certainly at times been stubborn. In some texts (sic) this is cited as positive characteristics for a leader to have. What’s so important about this topic anyway? Is it just that it is a central plank in Labor’s attack on him.”

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