Newcastle Herald Short Takes: Thursday, November 9, 2017

DON’T people realise that the Australian government cannot change the law about dual citizenship effects as it is in the Constitution and requires a referendum for such change?

John Brattan, Thornton

IT’S now clear that depriving 600 refugees of food, water, power and safety on Manus is deliberate. And we can’t get anything to them to help them. All attempts to give aid, even by a minister and by locals, are stopped by police and military. It is mass murder in cold blood. But once they are all dead, the government will have lost its political capital.

Niko Leka, Mayfield

IF my memory serves me correctly, when the Awabakal Land Council was given possession of the post office they made much fanfare regarding the cost of doing the old lady up. I think they claimed money would not be an issue and grants would not be required. Something has gone terribly wrong or did they not have any appreciation of the responsibility that goes with taking on a site like this?

Frank Carter, Kahibah

GREG Parrey, I agree with you, NIB have lost touch with average people (Short Takes, 7/11). I joined them as a 16-year-old when they were at BHP and they were called Newcastle Industrial Benefits, but I have since left too. All I have now is ambulance coverage.

Colin Geatches, Mayfield

ALL I have to say regarding Darryl Tuckwell’s comment (Short Takes, 8/11) on a witch hunt on unions is: “go get ’em, Malcolm”.

Tony Cooper, Belmont

WITH all the drama and hyperbole surrounding the citizenship “scandal” that has enveloped Canberra, I have one question: “where is the alternate prime minister and what are his views on the matter?” Or is he purposely sitting back and quietly gloating over Malcolm’s misery? The intrigue, the drama, to be a federal politician in 2017.

David Barrow, Merewether

I THINK the bus from MacDonald Jones stadium into Newcastle is a great idea (‘Free trial in bid to ease pressure on CBD, Newcastle Herald, 1/11). Now all we need is a bus back to John Hunter Hospital, this would be even better.

Colin Geatches, Mayfield


DOES NSW need to ban the bag?

Yes, definitely 83.12%

No, it’s not a problem 14.29%

I’m not really sure 2.6%

WERE you caught in the storm?

No 62.26%

Yes 37.74%


THE Lysaght’s Annual ladies reunion will be held on November 24 from noon at West Leagues Club, New Lambton. It is requested that those attending bring a gift to the value of $10 for a “Secret Santa”. For further information about the event contact Jan on 4955 9861 or Pam on 4955 8241.