Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

THE site of Malcolm Turnbull basking in the re-election of Barnaby Joyce nearly sent my beer flat. If he really thinks his great leadership helped Joyce be re-elected he should really consider seeking medical help. The only reason Joyce was re-elected was the people of New England thought he was treated badly.

Les Baldwin, Pelican

TWO words can describe the forthcoming bank royal commission, short and cheap. This will be a farce, it will be on the banks’ terms and will accomplish nothing, and of course the government had to include the union super funds.

Darryl Tuckwell, Eleebana

CASTIGATED for not doing it, now ridiculed for doing it. One thing Malcolm can bank on, creditors and debtors will short-change him at every opportunity and foreclose on him at the earliest. When the penny drops, where will the buck stop?

Ron Elphick, Buff Point

IN another great article by Jeff Corbett (‘Despicable Don Burke’, Newcastle Herald, 2/12), he writes of how the disgusting behaviour of Don Burke unfairly reflects on all men. I believe the same unjust treatment is occurring to members of the Catholic and other churches. The despicable actions of a minority and the even worse cover ups should not be seen as being the fault of the majority. Yet in our understandable eagerness to expose the evil, the balance seems to have tilted to such an extent, that many believe, all are guilty until proven innocent.

Dave McTaggart, Edgeworth

IN regard to the Knights signing Mitchell Pearce it makes me feel like selling my new dirt bike and buying a horse, red and blue cape and running around like Super Hubert on game day. Great boost for supporters like me and our great city.

Mathew Earl, Cessnock

REGARDING the McDonalds proposed development: Like a previous correspondent, I was shocked to hear that McDonalds has submitted a proposal to redevelop their premises, increase trading to 24/7 and have two-way access in Dora Street. I think this would impact on traffic flow in Dora Street and surrounding streets adversely affect residents’ right of quiet enjoyment of their home and cause safety concern for children at the child care centre one property away. 

Margaret Rees, Mayfield

THE election you have when you’re not having an election (‘Barnaby swings back’, Herald, 4/12). Is that what we just had? Not a nice way to get rid of someone. People showed their disapproval at these underhanded tactics and in the interests of fair play, by voting to return the person kicked out. At least till the next genuine election. It’s called giving someone a fair go.

Robyn Burtinshaw, Nambucca Heads

THE majority of Knights supporters make me feel a little sick in the stomach. Last season you signed SKD and I heard everyone whinging about it, but he was your best player at the back end of last season. Now you are all complaining about the signing of Mitchell Pearce. I think he will have a great season. 

Colin Geatches, Mayfield