Letters to the editor July 13 2018

VERY CROSS: Frank Ward argues scandals within the church actively detract from the good work done separately by parishioners and other volunteers.
VERY CROSS: Frank Ward argues scandals within the church actively detract from the good work done separately by parishioners and other volunteers.

AFTER the drama of Archbishop Wilson’s trial and conviction we are again confronted with the details of the Anglicans’ problems related to the sins of the men in their institutions, as reported by Joanne McCarty (“Back in the spotlight”, Herald, 10/7).

The tragedy of the abuse by the men of the churches, apart from the terrible effects on the abused, is that it has cast its pall over all members of the churches and made it hard for those of us whose lives have been affected in very positive ways by dedicated women of the church and so many other good people we know.

In my case I was taken into care by the nuns at an orphanage in Armidale as a two-year-old together with my brother and sister way back in 1931. Our live weres hard, but most of the population was doing it was tough. We were not abused, although I often got six of the best for doing things that boys did, like raiding orchards and the like.

However, I am sure that the example of service to others made a lasting impression on our lives as we all had spent our working lives being active in our communities for the good of others.

As a result of my beloved sister’s work in the promotion of the equality of women she was awarded two major Orders of Australia, and in the year of her death, she was a nominee for Senior Australian of the year.

My brother became a doctor and served women particularly, and I have received an OAM award for service in the community. I have come across so many members of the church in the service of others in hospitals, schools and providing care to the disadvantaged that it is a great pity that their commitment to the spirit of their faith is overlooked because of the sins of some of the men that I believe fail so miserably to do the same.

Frank Ward, Shoal Bay


MY RESPONSE to a recent contributor regarding the so-called dominant narrative directed against men in relation to the treatment of women (Letters, 10/7) is yes, I do consider the letter sexist, offensive and illogical rubbish. 

As suggested, I reflected on the intent of its contents but could not see one iota of evidence to mirror or support your argument. 

The British incident cited is a spurious topic to use. It relates to a generally rare occurrence, not the daily and hourly occurrence of death, violence and lack of respect inflicted upon women in general, both in Australia and overseas.

It is coincidental that you use this example as it highlights that these isolated incidents have, to the best of my knowledge, been by woman and only serves to reinforce a sexist attitude that only women should be doing such jobs. 

Your analogy is biased against a valued profession that through historical sexism has seen a female dominance over males, and until more recently in time, a male dominance over females in the higher level and paid medical positions. 

What year were females allowed (by men) to study medicine? What year were females allowed (by men) to actually pursue higher education?

Your interpretation of the outcomes of social media like #metoo, supposedly directed against men as a group, is, in my personal opinion, a reflection of how some men (not all) wrongly perceive the growing push to rightfully highlight violence against women and their plight in general.

They see it as a threat to their historical dominance and a shifting of the status quo.

How the various media outlets highlight this complex issue (fairly or with bias, depending on your own attitudes) is up to them, but what the real intent of this current media narrative is about is to put focus on the undeniable appalling treatment and general regard for women in society by many men.

John Sorensen, Merewether


DENNIS Petrovic (Letters 5/7) opines that Malcolm Turnbull will benefit from any cut to the rate of company taxation. 

Mr Petrovic also states that Bill Shorten, if in power, would instead put the money currently being quoted for the company tax cuts into health and education.

Firstly, if big companies increase profits as a result of a cut in their tax bill, all Australians who have superannuation accounts will gain, not just Mr Turnbull.

Our Liberal politicians state that Australia needs to cut company tax rates if it wishes to attract more overseas investment.

Our current rate of company tax is one of the highest in the developed world and is a disincentive to investment. 

Contrary to Mr Petrovic's assertion, there is very little to invest in on the Cayman Islands other than its 250 plus banks or 750 insurance companies.

Mr Turnbull has intelligently managed his funds offshore, just as several Australian superannuation funds have.

Finally, throwing money at health and education has in my opinion failed to improve these areas. 

Further, federal funding to both health and education arguably increases considerably over the next few years.

I personally am not in favour of the tax cuts for larger businesses, including the big banks.  

However we must consider arguments for and against the tax cuts and remember that Mr Shorten was strongly in favour of them just a couple of years ago.

Mike Sargent, Raymond Terrace


JUST when I thought it couldn't get much worse for unfortunate horses in the racing industry, Four Corners on Monday night reported on a practice called tongue tying.

If this name conjures up some awful medieval ritual in your mind, you wouldn't be far wrong.

It involves grabbing the horse's tongue, then wrapping a leather or elastic loop once or twice around the tongue, which is then fixed to the bottom jaw of the horse, keeping the tongue firmly and (one would assume) painfully in place. 

Apparently this archaic, and no doubt distressing, procedure is thought to improve "performance"

How we humans love to manipulate everything. It is not sufficient that the poor horses are forced to race against each other for our gratification, but they have to also endure beatings with a leather whip and having their tongues tied in an effort to increase their chances of winning.

It’s interesting to note tongue tying is banned in Germany.

Julia Riseley, Swansea