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The spirit of Aus
For the next round of free trade talks with the Europeans we should just offer to use “Aus″⁣ as a prefix for all our local products. Aus-parmesan, Aus-champers , Aus-gorgonzola, Aus-cognac etc. We need to be proud of our produce and at the same time get market access for our Aus-beef, Aus-sugar and Aus-lamb.

Neil Hauxwell, Moe

Look to Germany
Matthew Knott’s astute analysis (″⁣Australia finds that l’amour is less″⁣, 14/7), alerts us to how problematic dealing with France and President Emmanuel Macron has become. There is much to commend Knott’s conclusion that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz may be a more reliable trading and defence partner in dealing with Europe. Berlin’s Climate Club initiative confirms its credentials as an international player rather than France’s narrow Francophile focus.

Nick Toovey, Beaumaris

Come back, Frank
Frank and Fearless left the public service many years ago. We urgently need to bring them back.

Sarah Russell, Mt Martha

Bio-security failure
Australian history is punctuated by disastrous invasions of feral creatures. The article on the march of the fire ants (The Age, 14/7) was just another example of the devastating effect that occurs when invasive species are allowed to enter Australia. These fire ants join other destructive insect pests such as yellow crazy ants; European wasps and bees; Asian honeybees and European Bumblebees that wreak havoc on our native bee populations.
Bio-security laws and implementation have failed us and must be strengthened to prevent other undesirable species entering Australia. Until then we might have to have community eradication programs.

Graeme Lechte,
Brunswick West

Wrong priorities
My son Ed had the most wonderful six years of education at Andale School, a tiny school of 22 students in Kew that nurtures and encourages primary age children with mild intellectual disabilities to shine. Every dollar of school fees goes into their education. Assistant Treasurer Danny Pearson insisting Andale contribute to the state’s $116 billion net debt is nothing short of cruel.

Steph Fry,

Question everything
Well put, Barry Lizmore (Letters, 15/7). It seems the posing of questions is a tactic increasingly used by some to advance their argument: if people accept the question and ponder the answers, they may have unwittingly been tricked into accepting the premise on which the question was based. So, evaluating arguments also means evaluating the validity of the questions asked.

Emma Borghesi, Rye

Hardly a new broom
Why is the choice of Michele Bullock as the new governor of the Reserve Bank being lauded across the country. She will hardly be a “new broom”. She has worked for the RBA for nearly 40 years. There would be any number of eminently qualified people to take this position from outside the RBA: that would really be a “new broom”.

Hans Pieterse,
Narre Warren North

Absurdist framing
For more than a decade, as head of art at a government school, I organised what we used to call our ″⁣big day out″⁣. As early in the year as possible, we took all our year 12 art students, sometimes numbering 60 or more on a tour of the NGV, ACCA and the Ian Potter Museum of Art.
Sometimes tours were self-guided, sometimes guides were provided. It was always an astounding success and I suggest that many students now in their late 20s and 30s would attest to that. I believe that each gallery has its merits, each gallery has a defined purpose and each gallery not only provides a defined stage for artists, but gives us, the public, exposure to the human breadth of creativity, which is so necessary for culture to thrive.
To argue that you would give up on one or any of them, because of one exhibition, seems absurd.

Frank Flynn, Cape Paterson

More machinations
The $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund is just the latest chapter in the untoward machinations of the former federal Coalition government.

Phil Alexander, Eltham

Find your Voice, vote
Your correspondent (Letters, 13/7) is correct in his observation that Brexit was ″⁣hoisted″⁣ on the young by a dominant older demographic. I lived in the United Kingdom during the Brexit referendum and one amazing phenomenon was poor voter turnout among young people even though they overwhelmingly supported remaining in the EU.
For the forthcoming Voice referendum supporters must vote. It’s no good just buying the T-shirt and being anxiously outraged.

Geoffrey Conaghan, St Kilda

There was Barty
Vince Rugari has a short memory to state that “not since Freeman has there been so much pressure riding on the shoulders of a single Aussie athlete to triumph in front of an expectant home crowd” (″⁣Kerr takes pressure for a Freeman moment in her stride″⁣, 15/7).
Um, hello, Ash Barty.

Kerry Bail, Beaconsfield Upper.

Out-of-date Keating
Paul Keating’s views are out of date (″⁣Keating calls NATO boss ‘supreme fool’ for strengthening ties with Asia″⁣, 10/7). NATO must now have a global outlook.

Dan Drummond, Leongatha

Barbs of reality
I find it interesting yet disturbing to read about all the terrible issues of climate change and massive refugee migration yet our focus is on a new movie about a doll who wore pink.

Irene Zalstein,
East Doncaster

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