Manus Island queue-jumpers get little sympathy

Gres Clarkson writes: Re. “Crikey says: Morrison exports his department’s failure” (yesterday). You claim the whole world will be watching Australia because of the asylum seekers (refugees who paid $10,000 for a one-way ticket) having dramas on Manus Island. A little exaggeration. Wherever the “refugees” go populations are against having them. There is no sympathy for them except with the rent-a-crowd people. They are treated better here than in France, in Calais. There is a long list of similar places.

People from the Sudan in our local church know that every time a boatload lands, all of their friends where they come from, waiting legally, know that they will have to wait longer for their visa to come if it ever comes. Your coverage does you little credit as it is a totally minor part of the whole problem.

Lessons in cruelty

Peter Matters writes: Re. “Rundle: in the race to be brutal, you have to finish the job” (yesterday). To sum up Guy Rundle’s article: the real guilt for the horror is not with one political party or the other but with us, the electorate — even if Murdoch’s brainwashing has contributed.

Let’s go after the real criminals

John Kotsopoulos writes: Re. “Media briefs” (yesterday). So Craig Thomson has been found guilty of misusing his union issued credit card. The huge investment of public funds to prosecute over a relatively small amount of money — $36,000 spent over several years and none of it taxpayers’ money — is hard to fathom. The nature of the purchases is irrelevant.

I challenge anyone to deny that using company credit cards to pad out salaries is rife in the private sector. Can we now expect a similar effort to rein in these frauds as well?

It’s our lounge, too

Geoff Plante writes: Re. “Qantas upgraded to bailout class: inside the plush pollies’ lounge” (yesterday). If we taxpayers are to guarantee the Qantas debt, we should at least have access to the Chairman’s Lounge for the duration of any guarantee.

Peter Fray

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