On Australia’s best politician

Nigel Thompson writes: Re. “The 2017 Pollie of the Year is Dean Smith” (Wednesday)

Bernard, I’d call Dean Smith Statesman (not politician) of the year: these days the term “politician” has too many negative connotations to be salvaged.

I agree Penny Wong is the standout performer on the Labor side. However, Bill should again give her a domestic portfolio like Finance, which she had before.

She’s in the wrong chamber to face off against Julie Bishop, which gives Jules pretty much a free ride …

On Christmas jeer

Harry Wallace writes: Re. “Congratulations, you’re going to Bethlehem!” (Wednesday)

Guy Rundle is obviously 50 years out of date because there is no mention of all the Israeli military check-points, road blocks and identity checks they would encounter daily!


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