Once a major museum is destroyed?

When looking for an elder statesman to represent Australia, we can go no further than Senator Patrick Dodson. A statesman for all of us. Joy Paterson, Mount Annan

Sea staring

Your correspondent (Letters, September 23) seems to have missed the fact that not all the shipmates who dragged the coach at Her Majesty’s funeral were men; not that I’m disputing his math. Women also do their part in the services. Jennifer Briggs, Kilaben Bay

If the British Royal Family really wanted to be known for their support for the environment, an alternative to a 300kg coffin could have made a huge state statement. Cornelius Van Der Weyden, Balmain East

Royal Navy Sailors Walk Before and Behind Queen Elizabeth II's Coffin

Royal Navy Sailors Walk Before and Behind Queen Elizabeth II’s CoffinCredit:Paul Ellis/AP

Has anyone checked how many of these suggestions for creating a republic come from monarchists who are simply trying to confuse the republicans? Jock Brodie, Port Macquarie

The death of a king or queen brings with it one-time events, such as Thursday’s holiday. What if we commemorate the change of the monarch by releasing everyone in immigration detention and giving them a work visa? Lesley McBurney, Wavell Heights (Qld)

What a shame that the time, money and preparation spent honoring the dead all take place after the event – ​​unknown to those directly involved. Personally, I’d prefer all tributes to be paid and displayed face-to-face – not face up when coffined or buried. Edward Loong, Milsons Point

Ditch construction taxes to make housing affordable

Everyone is right to say that affordable housing is a problem (Letters, September 23), but no one offers a solution. The problem is not with developers who deliver the built product, but with the supply chain and the cost of new homes. It can take years to get approvals from the local councils and then years to convert. The cost of new homes is about 40 percent tax and then you have maintenance fees and rising interest. Removing incentives such as negative gearing will only reduce investor supply and put more pressure on rents. Housing is the most taxed good, my proposal is to abolish all taxes on housing so that it can be produced at cost plus a margin. But I don’t see that happening, and until it happens, the problem will persist. Peter Icklow, Pymbles

Since Labor tried and failed to address the issue of unfair investor advantage in 2019, we’ve had almost insanely low interest rates, propelling real estate values ​​into the stratosphere. Rents have also risen due to housing shortages and financial impact on landlords due to rising costs such as insurance and rates, rising mortgage payments and predatory state land taxes. To add fuel to the fire, the government wants to attract hundreds of thousands of temporary and permanent migrants every year, all of whom need housing. The only solution seems to be to significantly increase the availability of cheaper housing, preferably close to public transport and amenities. Governments and councils should carefully consider every possible option to repurpose residential areas into higher-density housing. Geoff Harding, Chatswood

After the end of World War II, rents were high and building materials were hard to get for love or money, so my mother turned part of her house into a small flat so my sister and her returned soldier fiancé could get married. My mother and sister were both feuding women, so there were some difficulties, but at least the young couple could start married life. Has it come to that again? Will young couples be forced to live with their parents to save for a house? Have we gone back to the 1940s? Coral Button, North Epping

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As someone who currently has tenants in the house in which I will be living when I retire, can I offer a different perspective? During the initial COVID lockdown, I lowered the rent and left it there, resisting suggestions from my agent to do something else. Some property owners are honest and fair. I like to think of myself as a responsive and responsible “landlady”, providing safe, decent, well-maintained housing for a family when they need it and for as long as I am able. Meredith Williams, Northmead

Given the need for severe budget constraints and a period of rising interest rates, could there be a better time to do away with new negative gearing concessions? Trevor Taylor, Port Macquarie

Business as usual

Your correspondent (Letters, September 23) considered the “damaging economic effect of yesterday’s holiday” in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. I’m sure the shopkeepers and cafe owners at my local big mall weren’t crying over their losses – the place was packed with families enjoying a day of retail therapy and food. There was no acknowledgment of 70 years of service from the Queen with a silent break at 11am. It passed unnoticed by the crowd.Christine Tiley, Albany Creek (Qld)

When King Charles comes to visit, can we have a national holiday? Or maybe we’d have one every time a member of the nobility, major or minor, dies? Say, dig and higher? Yesterday’s vacation was really good. It was only marred by an illegible request at my local supermarket at 10:58 am for a minute of silence. No one in my neighborhood stopped shopping. We were enjoying too much. David Neilson, Finke (NT)

Fine flood water fools

With another La Nina summer approaching, the inevitable warnings not to drive through high water will just as surely be ignored. We have had Total Fire Bans for a long time to reduce the risk of wildfires. Isn’t it time to introduce fines for those who endanger their lives and the lives of the SES and the police by continuing to ignore the warnings about driving through high water? We’ve heard these warnings countless times and those who keep doing it are either selfish or stupid. Fines over $5,000, or paying the cost of their rescue, will hopefully change their behavior. I’m sure our rescue services have better things to do. Matt Horne, Forster

Pump it up

Years ago, the Herald organized a function at the Opera House in a pastoral outreach for his correspondents (Letters, September 23). Among those in attendance were Con Vaitsas, Edward Loong and Vicky Marquis. King Charles III has good taste to share my daughter’s birthday, November 14th. Both ceremonies will be duly honored with equal pomp and circumstance. Mike Fogarty, Weston (ACT)

Choose humanity

Mark Dreyfus has the chance to distinguish the Albanian government as an attentive, caring and considerate government, in stark contrast to its predecessor, by providing a typical result for Darko Desic and his supporters (“Free Dougie: friends rally to save captured fugitive “, Sept. 23). Separate your decision from politics and make decisions based on facts, compassion and the will of the people. Bob Cameron, Coffs Harbor

Title Deeds

There has been much discussion (Letters, September 23) about the possibility of cutting the apron strings with (not so Britain anymore) after the Queen’s death and suggestions as to what title the nominee will be. One name that is overlooked is Head of Country. It gives honor and recognition to our native sisters and brothers, as well as correcting the mistakes of history. My nomination would be Adam Goodes, a man of dignity and an outstanding role model for all. Llieda Wild, Eastwood

Let’s go with The Wizard of Oz or maybe The Big Banksia Man (I’m excluding the “bad”). Heather Johnson, West Pennant Hills

Top Block. Or if the other side comes in, Top Sheila. Brian Everingham, Engadine

It is clear: the head of state must be Old Mate. Philip Jirman, Wallabi Point

Surely it is BOSS (Bloody Outstanding Supervisor Sort). George Zivkovic, Northmead

I’m sure our rich and sweet native languages ​​can provide a suitable term. Andrew Taubman, Queens Park

Boss Cocky. Michael Pursche, Gordon


The Queen was again strong on the Letters pages this week as we worked our way through the funeral and the discussions that followed. The funeral was either something beautiful and wonderful, or a terrible waste of time and money, though the opinion was generally favourable. The pro-letter writers were impressed by the outfits, jewelry, horses, overall pageantry and stamina of the royal protesters. They were concerned for the health and well-being of the young sailors pulling the gun carriage and the pallbearers. The “con” writers disapproved of the entire box and dice, from the beginning to the endless autopsy, preferring to turn off the TV and do something useful instead.
Talking about the Queen passed nicely into further consideration of a possible Australian republic. The opinion here was for a republic, despite this week’s research showing there was less support for a republic, with just a few people grimly clinging to the monarchy. Writers then turned to a spirited discussion of what a new head of state might be named. Opinions range from ‘president’ (really unpopular, as it turned out) to purely Australian titles such as ‘the ringer’ or ‘the Boss Cocky’. Does it really make sense to hold a referendum on this? The Herald letter writers seem to have solved it, along with so many other problems in life.
Separately, the topics covered the ongoing housing problems for potential owners and tenants, the privatization of Sydney buses, taxes (up or down?), whether more places should be named after a royal character and, back again, who or what to put on new banknotes with the change of monarch.
Harriet Veitch, Editor of Acting Letters

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