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What thinking Australians are thinking.

So, Labor, if elected, will provide “free” swimming lessons for all children at a cost of $41 million of taxpayers’ money. This is populist politics on steroids. What’s next? Free piano lessons, free bread and circuses?

Michael Wills, Armadale, Vic

The Greens really want an Amish-type society, but somehow with all the modern technology that makes life liveable and comfortable. How this is going to happen, without any pollution, eludes most of us, and judging by his budget response, it eludes Richard Di Natale too.

Chris Squelch, Townsville, Qld

Fifteen Labor candidates in the election are opposed to offshore processing of asylum seekers (“No. 1 ticket holder supports offshore policy — for now”, 17/5). But how many others are merely paying lip service to a Labor platform they disagree with?
Should Labor gain office, the big push would be on to revert to a softer policy, risking a repeat of the asylum seeker chaos of the Rudd-Gillard administrations. Labor cannot be trusted on this issue.

Rodger Hyde, Hoppers Crossing, Vic

Why is it the Greens hate Australia? It is simply staggering that a man like Richard Di Natale, the son of Italian immigrants, who has been highly educated at Monash and Latrobe universities, and who has enjoyed the freedoms of the Australian lifestyle, appears not to want future generations to enjoy the same privileges.
Di Natale and his Greens seem to want us to change direction as a nation; to open our borders to anyone and everyone: to shut down our mines that have provided the lion’s share of our export income for decades and that have provided jobs, security and essential energy resources; to continue the welfare culture that we simply cannot sustain; to commit to a reduction in carbon emissions that is impractical and dangerous economically; I could go on.
The Communist Party was run out of town more than 60 years ago but seemingly it has re-emerged under another name — the Greens.

John George, Terrigal, NSW