Ukraine will have to be rebuilt

Putin’s regime must be brought to its knees

The civilized world still hasn’t made the decision it had to make a month ago. The people of Ukraine, killed by the millions by Stalin in the 1930s and Hitler in the 1940s, stand bravely and alone against a conscienceless Hitler figure whose fetid army is raining destruction on kindergartens, schools and hospitals and murders pregnant women, unborn babies and disabled bedridden people.

Yet all that is provided to these defenders of civilization and democracy is short-range “defensive” weaponry so as not to provoke Russia.

What they need are long-range weapons capable of shooting Russian planes out of the sky and sinking the Russian fleet in the Black Sea. The parallel is not with the Nazi remilitarization of the Rhineland but with the Nazi and Soviet invasion of Poland.

The strategic objective cannot simply be to slow down the Russian advance so that fanciful negotiations can take place. This must be Russia’s defeat, just as it was Germany’s defeat in World War II.

The world must bring Putin’s regime to its knees, no matter what the financial cost to all of us and no matter how long it takes.

Chris Curtis, Hurstbridge, Vic

Medical consequences of nuclear war

As head of the pathology and immunology department at Monash Medical School in the 1980s and 1990s, I regularly lectured students on the medical effects of radiation. I explained how radiation is measured, its biological effects, and ways to minimize a dose.

I then discussed the medical consequences of nuclear war. The bombs that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki were equivalent to about 20 kilotons of TNT – small by today’s standards, but they destroyed entire cities. The largest nuclear bomb, the Tsar Bomba, was detonated by the Soviet Union in 1961. It had a force of around 50 megatons.

Medical students found it difficult to take nuclear war seriously. The use of atomic weapons was certainly beyond imagination.

As far as I know, medical students are no longer taught about the medical effects of nuclear war. I hope I’m wrong.

Russia’s stated policy is that it would use them if faced with an “existential threat”. The war against Ukraine is based on this pretext.

James Goding, Princes Hill, Vic

The Case for the Federal ICAC Grows Stronger

Andrew Macintosh’s claims (“Former watchdog goes public with allegations of carbon credit ‘fraud,’ March 24) add to justification for swift creation of independent federal anti-corruption commission which does not exclude politicians and civil servants from scrutiny.

The bipartisan support for hog barrel, casinos, unfettered development, etc., underscores the need for ethics education for politicians as well as school children.

Gordon Stenning, Seaforth, New South Wales

RBA actually did pretty well

Malcolm Cameron (Letters, March 24) calls for a review of the Reserve Bank’s so-called “unsuccessful policies”.

In the era of inflation targeting since the early 1990s, inflation averaged in the middle of the target, employment hit an all-time high, the unemployment rate nearly fell to its lowest low since the 1970s and it has arguably been the longest uninterrupted period of economic expansion in history.

You can always make a good performance even better, but denying it was good doesn’t help.

A review could examine emerging issues such as stablecoins, the case for a central bank digital currency, and how best to implement quantitative easing, rather than questioning the successful inflation target .

John Hawkins, University of Canberra

Voters now realize that governments can help

Phillip Coorey (“South African election rout confirms COVID shield is gone,” March 21) like many others, confuses correlation with evidence.

His assertion that voters have turned against governments after all the “good things done during the pandemic” misses the point: voters now remember that there is a place for government and that attitude” getting the government out of the way” is a mistake.

Companies need to be regulated by the government, rather than hand in hand with the government. Voters realize that “I’m not holding a pipe, mate” is just another way of saying “other people do things, we just hand out (your) money.” Every time we hear a minister talk about spending millions, we know it’s our money. They have to tell us what they actually do, not how much they spend.

And we would rather they take some of the responsibility for how, what and where to spend, rather than handing it over to the private sector. We want some arm’s length independence rather than rorts and money decisions for buddies.

Philip Carman, Glen Forrest, WA

Where Clive Could Easily Find Submarines

Dennis Fitzgerald misses the logical source of Clive Palmer’s subs (Letters, March 24). A trip to his local subway would allow for the acquisition of foot-long submarines, which I’m sure will satisfy his appetite for power.

Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook, New South Wales

The Prime Minister’s strategy of smoke and mirrors

Phillip Coorey’s article “Prime Minister Says Albanians Are ‘Courageless’ in the Face of PLA Intimidation Allegations” (23 March) is a prescient summary of our latest smoke and mirror strategy. Prime Minister to divert attention from his repeated failures since his “miracle” election victory in May 2019.

No fair-minded bettor would deny that an urgent need for a deep cleanse of the toxic culture that runs deep through the veins of all our political parties is essential to allowing the potential of our elected officials to find full expression for the public good.

However, our Prime Minister’s language is more reminiscent of schoolyard trolling, inappropriate for a national leader seeking re-election from punters weary with the lingering grief imposed by current domestic and international events.

Therefore, most punters yearn for a clearer vision, a set of policies and priorities that offer pragmatic solutions in place of those painful reminders of juvenile daily match slang.

Who can forget Morrison’s ‘moral promise’ when he said: ‘Tonight it’s pretty much every Australian who is depending on their government to put them first.

However, even a cursory examination of his government’s record leaves many ideology-less punters disappointed with his lack of zeal since then.

The confusingly delayed pandemic response, sports and parking issues, missing policies on climate change, and a lack of accountability for JobKeeper’s wasted billions are just a few of the problems.

Finally, for our Prime Minister to declare that “flood mitigation was a responsibility of the state” was the ultimate repeal, a final insult added to the insult.

As John Locke, the eminent English political philosopher and physician, observed: I have always thought that the actions of men were the best interpreters of their thoughts.

Kaz Kazim, Randwick, New South Wales

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