Where are our real values?

Peter Matters writes: Re. “Muir offers a compromise in corporate transparency showdown” (yesterday). Even if Turnbull himself ordered his company removed from the secrecy register, big money — whether acknowledged or not — makes a mockery of democracy. Unless big money’s managements will catch on quickly that they owe first responsibility not to their shareholders but to us, the community, greed rather than vision and responsibility will rule their decisions to the fatal detriment of this very small globe and most of life on it. To consistently damage Mother Earth as well cause infinite damage to all life — research has recently discovered the first traces of toxins in mothers’ milk, due entirely to the toxic air we breathe and the toxic food we eat — and will cause the planet to turn into a half dead-garbage dump before the turn of the century.

Big money managements are simply stupid. To satisfy shareholders’ greed, they keep on inflicting irreparable damage to their own customers. We must conclude that our present way of life based on out of control, decadent, profligate consumerism is a dead-end street. If we want to survive, we must find the values within us and abandon our current practice of going by the values we buy at the shopping centre.

Let Gough rest in peace

Ken Lambert writes: Re. “Rundle: proving the CIA-backed conspiracy that brought down Whitlam” (yesterday). The horse is dead Guy … cactus, kaput, terminally flogged.

All I can say is thank God Kerr was there protecting us from the rabid Labor supporters of the Soviet Union and Mao’s China who were running useful idiots like Cairns, presided over by buffoons like Gough.

Kerr’s crime was putting Gough’s chaotic circus to an election.

Peter Fray

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