SHAME on Treasurer Wayne Swan for cutting $2.9 billion from Australia's already paltry foreign aid budget just to cut a few corners and to prove that a Labor government can bring in a surplus. I despair of how self-centred we are as a wealthy nation. Robert Humphreys, Coburg
THE battlers' budget that's what we'll all be from today onwards.
Allan Russell, Whittlesea
FULL marks to Labor for getting its priorities right. Whether the oldies are able to fund their retirement or not, they built this country and deserve quality of life.
Alan Cotterell, Benalla
HOW refreshing to hear a clear-eyed budget response from the Greens' Christine Milne after the evasive grumbling of Joe Hockey.
Derek Wilson, Cheltenham
TONY, we don't want to pay for surviving the GFC we need an election!
Adrian Cope, Gisborne
IT WOULD be great if newspapers could report budgets in terms of, "What's in it for the country?" rather than "What's in it for you?"
Mike Puleston, Brunswick
CONGRATULATIONS to John Kelepouris and Sophia Maraskovsky ("Family 1", The Age, 9/5), who despite their modest income look to the budget for its impact on society.
Chris Curtis, Hurstbridge
RATHER than sue for defamation ("Pell in threat to sue Twitter", The Age, 9/5), surely George Pell should turn the other cheek.
John Bye, Elwood
GEORGE Pell, would it not be more appropriate to threaten legal action against Satan?
Thos Puckett, Ashgrove, Queensland
WITH the scrapping of the free immunisation program for whooping cough ("Vaccine cutback worries doctors", The Age, 9/5), David Davis is anything but the Minister for Health.
Phil Alexander, Eltham
THANK you Eve Mahlab ("Both sexes are to blame for misogynist vitriol against Gillard", Comment, 8/5), you have hit the nail on the head. I wonder, sadly, if those you write of even recognise themselves.
Tony Green, Dromana