"KEEP your enemies close", goes the saying. Abbott shaves the face of his worst enemy every morning. Can't get closer than that. Gary Sayer, Warrnambool
WE TEND to criticise others most trenchantly for the traits we don't like in ourselves. Julia Gillard a liar is that projection, Tony Abbott?
Marion Rosetzky, Red Hill
WHILE Tony Abbott is into diagnosing the PM, is there agreement that he fulfils the criteria of oppositional defiant disorder?
Joan Segrave, Healesville
THE one factor improving the stocks of the ALP is Tony Abbott. As long as he is Opposition Leader, Labor believes its cause is not hopeless.
Noel Howard, Heathmont
IT SAYS a lot for democracy in Australia when Mason, Barwick and Kerr can decide behind closed doors what government we can have.
Don D'Agostino, Boronia
BEATRICE Blyth (27/8): forced-labour camps are the sort of thing Australians fought to rescue people from, not inflict on those fleeing persecution. Or are democracy and freedom now privileges reserved for the fortunate?
Tony Morton, Coburg
IN SPITE of the authoritative Gonski report, the government and opposition will maintain or even increase funding for private schools. So my taxes will continue to support schools I can't afford to access. How is that fair?
Craig Reichenbach, Briar Hill
LEGISLATORS in the 19th century recognised that education would provide employers with better workers. Hence "free, compulsory and secular education" in 1872. Ross Gittins says it all (BusinessDay, 27/8).
Gael Barrett, North Balwyn
CAN Garry Lyon stop writing positive articles about the Swans? We seem to do much better when all the news is less affirming.
Andrew McCarthy, Yarraville
GOLD Coast watched the Suns rise Carlton watched the sun set.
Francis Bainbridge, Woodend
CARLTON'S slogan used to be: "They know we are coming." Does anyone yet know when they will get there?
John Walsh, Watsonia
IF USADA can do that to Lance Armstrong, can't the IOC retrieve Raelene Boyle's gold medal?
Doug Perry, Mount Martha
WHAT a relief to see a real hero on The Age front page instead of a "champion" footballer.
Alex Shabs, Elwood
MARIUS Kloppers refuses to acknowledge that coal-fired power is in global decline. The sooner BHP diversifies into solar the sooner its followers will see the light.
John Bowman, Ocean Grove