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Chris Patten says he had hoped Hong Kong would change China rather than the other way around.

Let’s speak facts about China

Striking deals nothing but an idle fantasy; View from the summit: 2020 vision paid off; Mistakes all round in pandemic response; The snag with putting up the price of sausages.

This Month

We have to confront the reality that we no longer have affordable housing for immigrants.

Letters of 15 July 2022: Housing is the missing piece

Immigration, housing, skills shortage, inflation, recession, COVID, Liberals, Labor

Amanda Stoker

Political point scoring must end

Libs no longer appeal to both city and country; ‘One country, two systems’ for Taiwan?; Rooftop solar market ripe for the picking; A natural fit for Dunk Island; Not all tennis pros are winners; Afterpay bonanza leaves a bad taste.

The economy is still at the mercy of shopping momentum.

Letters of 8 July 2022: Stagflation defying economists

Interest rate, RBA, inflation, recession, mortgage, fixed deposit, China, diplomacy, Anthony Albanese, Cheng Lei

Former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro  has quit his New York posting.

Barilaro should’ve gone bush

Why a bigger Australia wouldn’t be better; Most of us don’t aspire to “forever growth”; How to help Taiwan – and the Hunter.

Electric cars at a charging station in the US. Australia has a long way to go in walking the walk about transport emissions control.  AP

Letters of 1 July 2022 : Power plan needs engineers

Electricity, energy mix, carbon emissions, electric vehicles, cost of living, Anthony Albanese, Vladimir Putin, RBA, teal MPs, staff cuts, Baby Boomers


   Asset prices have been fuelled by low interest rates.

Letters of 24 June 2022 : Wages taking a political path

Home prices, wages, pay rise, inflation, asset prices, electricity market, energy, election results

RBA governor Philip Lowe

Letters of 23 June 2022 : 3.5pc pay rise too high for a few

Wages, pay rise, RBA, Donald Trump, Dutton, emissions, science, nanoparticles, cryptocurrency, energy

The shortage in housing supply cannot be tackled by boosting demand.

Letters: In housing, supply is the issue

NSW housing equity scheme and stamp duty, GST on digital exports, media sensationalism and climate change, IPA, voting trends, class actions, Albanese’s travels.

Energy price crisis needs a major intervention.

Letters of 17 June 2022: Energy crisis needs structural reform

Energy crisis, nuclear power, renewables, gas, Timor-Leste, Morrison government, Malcolm Turnbull

“Champing at the bit”: NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.

Letters: Adjust stamp duty brackets

Premiers, ACT have failed on land tax; ‘Constipated’ visa system needs a redesign; Cutting power demand an obvious solution; Australia-China can ditch the rhetoric.

Track record of backfluips: RBA governor Philip Lowe after announcing the rate rise on May 3.

Letters: Act politically to curb inflation

Reserve Bank’s monetary policy, inflation, gas exports and reservation, taxing transactions, Barnaby Joyce’s pet rail project.

Energy Minister Chris Bowen arrives at a planning meeting.

Letters of 10 June 2022: Plan to shake off energy mess

Energy, renewables, fossil fuels, inflation, interest rate, cryptos, work from home

Home owners expected the RBA to keep the interest rates stable.

Letters of 9 June 2022: RBA’s true believers hurting

Home ownership, interest rates, RBA, renewables, energy, pay rise, education

Penchant for privatisation: Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

Letters: Utilities should serve the public

Energy crisis, private health insurance, COVID-19 toll, issues with myGov, the British monarchy, republic referendum.

If Peter Dutton fails to move back towards the centre, he will be heading down a cul de sac.

Letters: Best to avoid the populist road

Peter Dutton’s political direction, skills shortages and immigration, construction costs, teals’ social media campaign, cost of climate inaction, cryptocurrencies.

Peter Dutton on Monday. It isn’t easy to ignore the past.

Letters: Decency needs to be earned

Peter Dutton’s ‘soft’ side and Coalition record, Kevin Rudd and Griffith, foiled AGL split and Mike Cannon-Brookes, LNG exports.


Greens leader Adam Bandt with successful party candidates. Former Greens leader Bob Brown says Bandt “showed political maturity by not giving the new PM a guarantee of confidence in return for nothing”.

Letters: It’s hard to ignore the Greens

Federal election, mandate for climate action, Albanese government’s prospects, economic reform, Murugappan family’s return to Biloela.

 Climate leadership

Letters of 27 May 2022 : Devil’s in the climate goal detail

Labor, Liberals, Coalition, climate change, teal, independents, China, Hong Kong, Pacific island nations

Peter Dutton is poised to be the next leader of the Liberal Party.

Letters: Room now for a centrist party

How can Peter Dutton reorient the Liberals?; Let’s have Hawke-style leadership summit; Libs should take a look at state parties; Labor got what it deserved in Fowler.