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Pageantry, poignancy (and ostentation) a becoming farewell

2022-09-20 14:05:00
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In 1901, my father watched Queen Victoria’s funeral cortege move by London. My brother and I watched Queen Elizabeth’s funeral on TV, with the identical reverence. The pageantry offers us all a way of belonging in addition to closure. Marjie Williamson, Blaxland

Pageantry, precision, respect, poignancy. Even the climate was co-operative. Joan Brown, Orange

Republic requires solely to alter our head of state

We Australians have been cleverly manipulated on the difficulty of changing into a republic (Letters, September 20). Monarchists have framed it as an all-or-nothing change. However, aside from not being reliant on a overseas nation, little or no would change. Our historical past wouldn’t change (apart from having much less purpose to whitewash it) and we might keep sturdy hyperlinks with the UK, its monarchy and the Commonwealth. The revered social researcher Hugh Mackay summed it up completely greater than 20 years in the past. Probably the most wise course is minimal change. Go away all the things as it’s, apart from transferring the governor-general’s allegiance from a overseas crown to the Australian folks. An election for head of state would solely trigger extra issues. Tom Orren, Wamberal Heights

I challenged a bunch of pals final night time to provide you with a extra benign title than president. Options included: omnipotent one, head honcho, capitano, emperor, dictator, tsar, overlord, shah, massive boss, chief, foreman, chair, chieftain, sheikh and the listing continued because the night progressed. Sadly, we have been clearly unsuccessful in our quest, so it seems that president may simply be the least offensive time period. Shona Kirchen, Kiama

It’s exceptional that the thought of a king may survive into the rationalist twenty first century. It has had a central function in fairy tales for hundreds of years however is clearly not more than a fairy story. How can it’s that one specific household may “rule” or be someway particular or superior not directly to everybody else? As a result of it has achieved so for a thousand years? And the way did it come to have that function? By means of conquest, assassinations, wars, executions and kidnapping? Does all that make it legit? As Shakespeare had Cassius say of Caesar: “Upon what meat doth this our Caesar feed, that he’s grown so nice?” Barry Lamb, Heidelberg West (Vic)

Most republics world wide are not any nice function fashions to aspire to, so let’s do away with the governor-general’s ineffective place and hold the remainder of our democratic course of. The parliament needs to be the last word authority in Australia. Maybe, on the similar time, we might dispense with the federal higher home because it’s additionally previous its use-by date. Denis Suttling, Newport Seaside

How will we’ve got a head of state? Who will it’s? Will it’s elected? Will it’s a political function or a head of state function? By the point this lot has been sorted, we’ll be welcoming William to the throne. Genevieve Milton, Newtown

Lyn’s legislation has a flawed premise

The emotional impetus for a so-called “Lyn’s legislation” is comprehensible, however the logic is flawed (‴⁣⁣No physique, no parole’: NSW to undertake Lyn’s legislation”, September 20). The felony legislation is just not an ideal course of. Trials don’t at all times produce the proper verdict. The true impact of such a provision could be the waiving of all rights to attraction towards the conviction. It will additionally set a threatening precedent to enact legal guidelines to compel an accused particular person to desert the suitable to silence on one specific challenge. We frequently learn of homicide findings being reversed on the premise of mistrial or new proof. If a convicted prisoner continues to take care of their innocence, they’ll hardly be anticipated to disclose the placement of the physique of an individual they are saying they didn’t kill, in return for the prospect of parole. David Salter, Hunter’s Hill

At first blush, of the brand new NSW legal guidelines concerning no parole for a convicted assassin except he/she reveals the placement of the physique, Dominic Perrottet says, “We are going to make it inconceivable for offenders who wilfully and intentionally refuse to reveal details about their sufferer’s stays to be granted parole”, as “being unable to find a beloved one’s physique is extraordinarily distressing and traumatic for the households and pals of victims”. No arguments there. Nonetheless, this legislation ignores not less than one unpalatable facet. If a convicted assassin is just not, actually, responsible of the crime – and we’ve got had many situations of false conviction over time, in our far-from-perfect authorized system – then this new thought precludes the particular person convicted from ever being paroled, as he/she has not a clue concerning the whereabouts of the physique of the sufferer. Assume once more, Dom. Ian Usman Lewis, Kentucky

The refusal of offenders to reveal the placement of their victims’ stays is unbelievably merciless and a reason behind nice misery to households. Victims have been denied the dignity of being appropriately laid to relaxation and households denied closure. Lyn’s legislation supplies hope for these households. Graham Lum, North Rocks

The race to erase

A battle is going on in Sydney’s suburbs that’s going largely unnoticed as homes constructed within the post-Second World Battle constructing growth are being bulldozed and changed by giant sq. bins (“Improvement subsequent to destroyed mansion set for approval”, September 20). This raises questions concerning the nature of our heritage and what constitutes a heritage home. Sydney’s Nineteen Fifties homes might not have the intercourse attraction of their Federation or California bungalow cousins, however they’re disappearing at an alarming fee. With their disappearance, a slice of our latest previous is being misplaced that may by no means get replaced. Rod Leonarder, Roseville

Mergers a nasty transfer

The brand new Museums of Historical past NSW will incorporate the Hyde Park Barracks, Elizabeth Home and the state archives assortment.Credit score:SMH

The NSW authorities’s ideological obsession with mergers, sell-offs and privatisations continues, unbowed by public resistance and proof of little public profit (“Consultants decry plan to merge NSW museums”, September 20). And you may be certain there may be at all times a crass financial crucial completely faraway from the tasks of preserving cultural integrity and heritage. On this case, “the invoice successfully permits for each home museum to turn out to be a restaurant, convention or wedding ceremony venue and for the sale of properties in virtually each circumstance”. The unpopular council mergers, which have now morphed into potential pricey demergers, needs to be a salutary lesson for the philistines. And in the event that they gained’t desist, they should be eliminated. Alison Stewart, Riverview

Tax brakes

I believe there are some easy measures to sort out the federal debt which might be touched on in numerous articles, the newest being Jessica Irvine’s article (“Is Lowe proper? Taxes may need to rise”, September 20). First, assault the tax perks which might be being given out. Damaging gearing needs to be “grandfathered” and future detrimental gearing solely be allowed at a most of two funding properties. Second, franking credit ought to solely be allowed all the way down to zero tax. Third, the Medicare levy ought to rise by a half a per cent, and all incomes ought to pay the levy besides these counting on Commonwealth pensions. Lastly, abandon the following spherical of earnings tax cuts till a sure threshold is met in paying down the federal debt. Ken Pares, Forster

Teals not true blues

Malcolm Turnbull’s imaginative and prescient of the Liberals intentionally choosing sturdy “teal” kind candidates is just starry-eyed (“Liberal report on Morrison defeat delayed till after Victorian state election”, smh.com.au, September 20). Conscripting teal replicas would solely work up till they needed to publicly tackle and assist the insurance policies of the present lumbering and backward-looking parliamentary opposition as a part of their campaigns. The subsequent two years will in the end elevate the bar on transparency and integrity in politics, leaving any chameleon-like Liberal candidates, male or feminine, with nowhere to cover. Sue Dyer, Downer (ACT)

Holding the road

Prince William greets people in the queue to see the Queen lying in state

Prince William greets folks within the queue to see the Queen mendacity in stateCredit score:Getty Pictures

It’s well-known that the Brits are the perfect queuers on the earth (“Now we have mourned, and now we should take into account subsequent steps”, September 20). This week has been a revelation, and it restores my religion in humanity to see 1000’s file in a affected person, organised method for lengthy hours to see Queen Elizabeth II lie in state. Friendships have been made throughout this journey, wealthy and poor alike, and celebrities have humbly waited their flip by days and nights in rain and generally chilly. What an emotionally uplifting story that is, among the many many tales of this lengthy goodbye. Republicans take word: folks want somebody to respect and unify. Jill Energy, Manly Vale

Palms off

How do I politely inform all these individuals who hold ″⁣reaching out″⁣ to me that, throughout COVID occasions, I want to not be touched and I most definitely don’t need them to the touch my base? Derry Thomas, North Epping

Tern of presidency

Bush turkey

Bush turkeyCredit score:Taronga Conservation Society

Fauna on banknotes (Letters, September 20) may result in the depiction of galahs and bush turkeys, a Canberra-centric choice. Ivan Head, Burradoo

Discovering Tory

Give a thought for poor Anthony Albanese. Sprinkled with the magic mud, he may simply uncover his inside Tory. Braham Dabscheck, Bronte

Extra story

I agree together with your correspondent (Letters, September 19) that the higher class in Britain have wardrobes stuffed with cosplay fit-outs. The royal coaches are examples of their worst excesses. Our tv was turned off on Monday. Don Leayr, Albury

What number of readers hit their dictionary/Google to determine the that means of “cosplay”? Thanks – it’s now my phrase of the week, and it was strongly in proof on the funeral. Rose Panidis, Graceville (Qld)

Is it protected to show the tv again on but? John McGee, Evatt (ACT)

The digital view
On-line remark from one of many tales that attracted essentially the most reader suggestions yesterday on smh.com.au
Liberal report on Morrison defeat delayed till after Victorian state ballot
From surfmatt: The secrecy and lack of transparency in all their doings contributed to the loss, but they’re holding onto a precious report till it’s politically protected to drop it. They’ve learnt nothing.

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