Short Takes November 16 2017

Now that the yes vote has succeeded and the poll numbers for each electorate published, will each politician vote according to the wishes of the people they have been elected to represent? 133electorates votedyes overall. 17 electorates mostly voted no. Will we see democracy in action througha vote in Parliament reflecting these figures?

Paul Sutcliffe,Fern BayI guess that I have to try and look on the bright side of the yes vote, even though it pains me to do so. Sodom and Gomorrah voted 99 per centapproval for legalised sodomy, so we have a little way to go to reach that target, but I believe we are heading in the right direction. We should all consider the terrible price that we will pay when we achieve it.

Alan Kendall,NeathThank you Newcastle. From a very grateful same-sex couple.

Andrew Whitbread-Brown,Cardiff HeightsWith surveys being stolen out of mail boxes and sold online,was the system really fairly done? It still has to be passed through Parliament. It just seems like agood way to waste$122 million.

Andrew Murray, AberglasslynThe yesvote was actually a little lower than I had expected, especially in NSW. Butnonetheless, a clear majority have voted in favour of the change. It is a non-binding survey, butif our Parliament is to try to reclaim any respectability and regain the trust of the electorateit must recall Parliament and get legislationdone.

John Pritchard, Blackalls ParkI heard there was going to be some form of apocalypse or end of the world type situation if this happened. When can I expect this to begin? I’d like to know so I can start preparing, especially if it’s going to be a zombie apocalypse.

Alex Berriman, Warners BayWhen a journalist confronted a woman who was charged with stealing from Centrelink recently, I wondered why Barnaby Joyce never had a microphone shoved in his face to be askedasked why he had taken money from taxpayerswhen he was not entitled to be elected in the first place. Should his spot not have gone to the second placed candidatewho, presumably,had thelegal right to be elected and serve as a representativein our Parliament?

Mick Miller,Salamander BayWhat is our Prime Minister thinking? Why would he want to be feted by, photographed with or associated with a leader like Rodrigo Duterte? Government statistics show there have been more than 14,000 murders and homicides since hetook power in the Phillipines in 2016. That track recordranks among the largest Asian genocides since Pol Pot’s murderous Khmer Rouge. Honestly? What an outrageous disgrace.

John Lawton,BelmontThe Newcastle Knights have a great team taking shape (“Knights lock in homegrown forward until end of 2020”,Herald15/11) and it appears there is still about$1.5m to spend under the salary cap. Well done Nathan Brown. Come on Knights fans. I’m already excited.

Mathew Earl,Cessnock

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