On Tony Abbott’s leadership

John Dobinson writes: Re. “Keane: the right time to dump Tony Abbott” (January 30). Turnbull is a true Liberal in the Menzies-Holt-Gorton tradition, and his recent speech on leadership is a clear statement of interest in becoming PM. If he isn’t interested, then perhaps it’s time for generational change, to make young Josh Frydenberg the Prime Minister; William Pitt the younger became PM at 24 in Britain.  But with Turnbull as PM, Frydenberg could be a great treasurer —  he just needs to keep the fairytale monsters away: those right-wing powerbrokers and lobbyists only interested in profit who don’t care about people. Turnbull-Frydenberg — what a team it would be.

No credit where it isn’t due

Anne Coulthurst writes: Re. “Philip not the first Sir Prince in the family” (January 30). Langdon Blight reminded us that Prince Charles was appointed a Knight in the Order of Australia in 1981. However Charles, at least, will one day be Head of State of Australia and Sovereign Head of the Order of Australia. Sir Prince Philip is only someone married to Australia’s current highest office-bearer.  As for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards — don’t make me laugh! They have little to do with Prince Philip in this country, and to those who’ve forgotten, actually caused the death of a young man in the Blue Mountains a few years ago.  Prince Edward, always sensitive, just like his Dad,  commented that that was part of their appeal, i.e. you could die!

Greece, the euro and financial collapse

Tony Keulemans writes: Re. “Rundle: in Greece, on the cusp of history” (January 30). I think Greece should have been persuaded to leave the eurozone back in 2010/11 when the writing was already on the wall.  Excessive spending on benefits, low retiring age for public servants etc required reforms which have been slow to take effect. I do not think existing or new creditors can reasonably be expected to forgive all or part of their loans.  Let Greece return to the drachma — it may be hard on creditors but Greece can devalue its currency, stimulate exports, tourism etc. and in the long-run will be better off.  When reforms are effective and fiscal and monetary stability is restored,  a return to the euro could be considered, assuming of course that the euro itself at that stage is regarded as a safe international currency.

Peter Fray

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