Jim Chittleborough, a lifetime Adelaide resident “under no illusions” writes:

South Australia [is] an economic, social and cultural irrelevance…“? Excuse me? Typical bloody eastern-state ignorance. The preferred term is “backwater.”

Mary writes:

Doesn’t your editorial room own a
dictionary? If so, please look up “fulsome.”

CRIKEY: We do own a dictionary, and we’re aware that the increasingly
common use of fulsome as a synonym for lavish or generous is
incorrect. Fulsome praise is insincere and if we allowed an incorrect
usage to sneak in somewhere we apologise – both to Mary and the
English language. It’s too good a word to degrade through incorrect

Adam Bell observes:

I didn’t see your comments as attributing any level of blame, however
insignificant, to Ros Reines in relation to Mr Rivkin’s tragic suicide.
Suffice to say, I think it is dangerous for journos or variety show
hosts to invite seriously mentally ill patients on their programs or
into their papers. Denton gave Rivkin enough rope to hang himself by,
and then some. I can guarantee that Rivkin would have watched the tape
a few times and cried at his performance. Playing with the emotions of
manic depressives is dangerous stuff as they will deconstuct and
reconstruct and, often destruct. If any lesson is to be learnt about
the media’s handling of Rivkin, it should be not to mess with the
personal life of a manic depressive. If you’re dealing with a public
figure embroiled in controversy of a genuine public nature (such as
Rivkin was, and still is) by all means report on it as you have to. But
giving them the kind of hyped up attention they often seek can only
fulfil a very immediate desire, and that’s selfish. Rivkin In Peace.

And an anonymous reader writes:
Having gone to (private) school with Cossie, I can attest that his father was
not a poor “Baptist minister”, but the head of history and politics at Carey
Grammar. Hardly the lap of luxury, but equally the waves of human misery that
Hartcher suggests surged through the Costello living room is poetic licence. The
attempt to sell him as a man from the people is a bit forced.

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