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SINCE when has a Liberal/National/Country Party government ever supported health or education? The voters really should have known that this is what they were voting for. Melanie Bennetts, Lower Templestowe

SINCE when has a Liberal/National/Country Party government ever supported health or education? The voters really should have known that this is what they were voting for. Melanie Bennetts, Lower Templestowe

Nurses

THE Baillieu government seems to be moving from Kennett-lite to full-on Kennett.

Lawrie Bradly, Surrey Hills

UNFORTUNATELY, Emily Cull (Letters, 7/11), people like Ted Baillieu do not need to rely on our public hospitals and nurses because they can well afford the very best care that money can buy in the private system.

Jean Hart, Maryborough

CLEVER political strategies and ideological goals versus good health outcomes for Victorian voters. Ted raising Victorian Labor from the dead.

Gary Sayer, Warrnambool

HAS the government taken a leaf out of the Alan Joyce book of dealing with employees?

Bryan Fraser St Kilda

ONCE he replaces nurses with "health assistants", perhaps David Davis can introduce legislation requiring all members of State Parliament and their families to be treated in public hospitals and tended to only by "health assistants".

Tim Wendelken, Wodonga

Bali boy

THE Bali drug boy getting a six-figure TV deal must surely act as a deterrent for other Aussie kids inclined to follow in his footsteps.

Rajend Naidu, Glenfield, NSW

IF WE needed convincing about the self-interest of some media, we need go no further than the deal between the family of the 14-year-old Bali drug boy and Nine "Entertainment" Co. Proof that crime and stupidity pay.

Des Carroll, Mitcham

WILL this Bali boy reimburse taxpayers for the tens of thousand of dollars they have spent on consular representation and so on trying to help him?

Warwick Padey, Glen Iris

Politics

IF IT weren't for unions, 13-year-old children would still be working in the mines.

Alex Njoo, St Kilda

IF WAYNE Swan is "on the lookout for savings" in the budget, here's a couple of biggies. Withdraw the troops from Afghanistan and release refugees from detention.

Diana Greentree, Williamstown

SENATOR Abetz has promised the Coalition will retain company tax cuts and the increased superannuation payments when it abolishes the mining tax. I assume it will raise the GST to 15 per cent to pay for the shortfall?

Joe Juchniewicz, Netherby, SA

A STREAM of commentators and letter writers want to portray Gillard as a victim. It couldn't be further from the truth. Ironically, nothing undermines a leader more than being portrayed as a victim.

George Finlay, Balaclava

WHEN Julia was snuggling up to Barack, I wonder if she asked him if we could bring our troops home yet.

Brian Sanaghan, West Preston


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