On the business community silence on wages

Gerald Butler writes: Re. “Where’s the party? Eerie silence accompanies wage falls” (Thursday)

If the advice of the Business Council of Australia and the Liberal party had been taken for the last few decades, the minimum wage would be about $9.30, and we would be on a par with the US. We could have our own real life ghettos and Oxycontin addled small towns everywhere. There would be no universal super for the plebs and without Medicare healthcare would cost a motza. Imagine getting your teeth pulled out with pliers in a paddock behind Gympie (as I saw happen in South Carolina).

The value of the individual is paramount,  as long as they’ve got a quid.

On President Truman’s bombing of Japan

Roger Clifton writes: Re. “Smarter than your average Colbert: liberal media’s stupid obsession with Trump’s intelligence” (Thursday)

Truman authorised not one or two mass bombings on Japan, but over a hundred, many of them with more casualties than the famous two. They were far from “needless”, though, as the alternative to aerial bombardment was to have let the bloodthirsty Gen. MacArthur invade with an estimated 500,000 American lives lost. Subsequently, Truman had enough restraint to deny MacArthur the use of “The Bomb” in Korea.

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