Raids should be explained
Just before the federal election a debate commenced, and has continued, on freedom of speech.
More recently there have been raids by the federal police on the ABC and News Limited to obtain information on stories they published several years ago.
If people believe in freedom of speech as it relates to religion, political views and social commentary then they must stand up for freedom of the press to publish well researched articles that are in the interests of the community to know this information.
In one case it related to the war in Afghanistan and documents provided stating the unethical, and in some cases illegal, actions by our soldiers (an army solicitor is currently facing charges on providing this information).
In the other case a change in government policy to amalgamate several agencies giving significant powers to this "super agency" to gather information on members of the public, which if it succeeded would be made public anyway by its tabling in parliament.
There have been complaints and surprise expressed by many human rights and press associations around the world that Australia would allow this action to be taken - to stifle the voice of a free press, one of the four pillars of a democratic society.
Minister Dutton and the Prime Minister must be held to account and explain why this action has been taken and get some detailed answers from the Commissioner for the Federal Police, who ultimately is under their jurisdiction.
D. Hanlon, Vincentia
Guarantee press freedom, a pillar of democracy
While our government was quick to endorse the federal police raids conducted on the Canberra home of highly respected journalist Annika Smethurst and the Sydney offices of the ABC in recent days.
The Australian people should be concerned with effect those raids may have upon the freedom of the press.
In the Annika Smethurst case she, our "spooks" have deemed, should not have revealed information about an issue of public interest involving: Australian security agencies, proposing to covertly monitor the lives of individual Australian citizens.
The ABC reporters Dan Oakes and Sam Clark have drawn similar ire from the federal police, with the 2017 ABC TV expose The Afghan Files which raised the possibility of Australian forces having committed war crimes.
The subject matter and timing of the raids has more than a whiff of political influence to them.
What appears to be occurring in Australia today, is an attack upon our democracy.
Freedom of the Press being a pillar of any democracy.
Without a "cast iron "guarantee of Freedom of the Press, any concept of democracy in Australia will become merely a facade.
B. Swan, Balgownie
Selfish voters fooled the pollsters
There was no miracle, the Ipsos poll got it right, by reason, guilty minded persons tell fibs.
In 2000, then Treasurer Peter Costello introduced a system of allowing shareholders to get a cash refund if they receive more in franking credits than they actually owed in tax.
Because income from superannuation is tax free for people over 60, high income retirees were able use franking credits to get a cash gift of over [then] 40 cents for every dollar they received in dividends.
The two questions asked by pollsters are 1: Who are you going to vote for? And 2: Why?
Not to let the "cat out of the bag" a percentage of Labor voters receiving free franking credits would say "Labor" when actually they were going to vote "Liberal"- distorting the poll.
Hallelujah! It was these selfish voters that pushed Morrison over the line.