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As usual, my copy of The Australian (5/9) has bad news and good news. While young Australians cannot afford their own home, it’s not all bad because a politician costs only $1670.

Rod Cruice, Dayboro, Qld

Malcolm Turnbull may well read the riot act, but it is known that a lack of discipline by troops is invariably the result of poor leadership.

Greg Kater, Sanctuary Cove, Qld

It is difficult enough to administer our system of common and statute laws. The case of two children placed into care under Islamic law (5/9) is an example of the administrative, legal and social ordeals occurring with a parallel legal system such as sharia law.

Steve Ngeow, Chatswood, NSW

Sharia law affecting court rulings has to stop now before it is too late. Refugees must abide by our laws. To do otherwise defeats the purpose of seeking asylum. Sharia law has caused problems in other countries, and it is alien in a democracy.

Margaret Cooper, Tuross Head, NSW

Your story (“Sharia law affecting court rulings”, 5/9) documents the early spread of Islamic law into our legal system as part of multiculturalism. This approach in other countries such as Britain, has lead to limited introduction of sharia — with significant unintended consequences. The legal system should not be modified for different groups. Immigrants cannot be allowed to change laws and customs to suit their specific requirements. Once precedent has been established, division will ensue.

Graham Pinn, Maroochydore, Qld

Hossein Esmaeili says recognition of certain Islamic laws might help Muslims use Australia’s justice system more effectively and realise it can accommodate some sharia practices. This is called the thin end of the wedge.

John Smith, Buderim, Qld

Anyone needing 15 mobile phones and five iPads must have ulterior motives (“FBI record a blow to Clinton”, 5/9).

David Crommelin, Strathfield, NSW