SMH and The Age readers respond


Billy Boy: “The comments below show how desperately someone needs to create a sarcasm font. Even when the mind is a hammer, people still miss it!

benzion: “Yes, Julie is sarcastic, and it’s absolutely amazing how many seemingly intelligent people haven’t figured that out. However, IMHO, unless you believe your friends are genuinely inclined to violence, her advice Sarcastic is absolutely the way to go. There is no point in engaging with someone who has made up their minds, whether they are left or right.

Rob: “The best way to silence a conspiracy theorist is to outsmart him. “The moon landing was a hoax! “Oh, I see … you’re one of those people who believe the moon is real.”

RMB: “Or you could take the advice of former Rural Fire Marshal Greg Mullins when he meets a climate change denier. He just smiles and politely walks away.

Diane D: “When I hear ‘wild’ ideas, I sometimes ask ‘How do you know that?’ But conversely, I’m not closed-minded just because I don’t know. My point is that time will tell.

Anne: “What’s scary is the fact that so many commentators here know people who have fallen down the rabbit hole. When the cult becomes so mainstream, what are we supposed to do? ”

Foolish: “How otherwise sane people are radicalized so quickly by this nonsense is a topic worthy of our concern and empathy, not derision. If it is not possible to dialogue with people who have been through this rabbit hole, we must maintain a connection with them so that when they finally come out of their delirium, we can accompany them in their re-engagement with reality. . We can’t just write off people, can we? ”

Tim richardson: “I thought we were the outspoken nation. “Dude, you left with the fairies on this one, let’s talk about something else.” Unfortunately, I limit my Facebook engagements to real friends and have no one to experiment with.

Bear-Lover: “Great article – made me laugh out loud – and sent it to my son (who spends too much time on the internet, sometimes in the rabbit hole). Well written, well done.

Captainco: “Perfect and funny.”

missbhaven: “All great fun until it isn’t.”

Peta Credlin wins the gong for the Queen’s birthday

In recent years, the unveiling of the Queen’s Birthday Honors List has rarely been without controversy. This week’s decision to award former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Peta Credlin an Officer of the Order of Australia has sparked shock, anger and derision from many readers. However, many saw the merit in the choice.

Peta Credlin then Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Breaking wave: “The awards should recognize ordinary Australians for their contributions to society, often voluntary and unannounced. They should not be handed over to political hackers for doing the job for which they are paid so generously, usually in a confrontational and partisan manner. “

But51: “Last year, Margaret Court. This year Peta Credlin. Pauline Hanson is set to receive one next year.

Sonia henderson: “Without Peta Credlin, Tony Abbott might not have lost the post of Prime Minister in 2015, then his seat in 2019. She deserves to be recognized for these achievements.

engineer: “FAITH on the application. What criteria did she meet? “

Nose: “She received him for ‘Distinguished Service to Parliament and to Politics, Policy-making and Executive Service of Government.’ Hasn’t she already been paid well for it? Looks like she didn’t do anything special.

Lorenzo the Mag: “At least the citation was not for services rendered to democracy.”

Pius 35: “It was great to see Neale Daniher recognized for her campaign against the MND and Fiona McCormack for her outstanding work on behalf of victims of domestic violence. As for Credlin, the less said the better.

JacA: “It’s more like that – an AM for Chris Hemsworth.”

Tonto: “I don’t agree that Credlin received the award, but to be fair, she was more than Abbott’s right-hand man. She was the boss.

Chad: “Support women in politics and journalism. Don’t attack them. Well done Credlin.

Judith: “It was time for more women to be recognized for their work, so much the better for Peta.”

Quokka: “Congratulations to Peta Credlin. Smart, sensitive and a breath of fresh air – she says it like it is and we are grateful to her. Well-deserved.

through: “Her price is well deserved and it’s disappointing that many are quick to lower her just because they don’t like the way she goes about her business. I would rather look at the results and its ability to cut through the spin.

Shawali: “Peta Credlin shouldn’t get an AM to do her job. That’s all it was for and it’s a matter of opinion if she did it right. It was not my opinion. My own AM is now completely diminished and worthless to me. I will not declare it again.

Puppies! At work? Happy days or impending doom?

Australia has one of the highest pet ownership rates in the world and the welfare benefits of having a pet are well known. But do pets have a place in the workplace? Journalist Amelia McGuire discussed how realistic it was to transform offices into “pet-friendly” spaces. Readers debated the pros and cons of bringing furry babies to the office.

Amanuet: “Oh my no. It’s hard to believe, but there are some people who really don’t like dogs. The idea of ​​something that molts, slobbers, poops, sees, jumps, sniffs the crotch, barks, whines in the office is too much. Even if they only do one thing on this hit list, that’s too much. My children bring me great joy, but I don’t bring them to the office. My pet chickens too, but they don’t go either. Can’t we just work at work? “

Silvia Hill and her most valuable employee in their warehouse, Luna the Border Collie.

Silvia Hill and her most valuable employee in their warehouse, Luna the Border Collie.Credit:Paul Harris

Graeme: “Being in a work environment is very boring for young children. Why would dogs like it more? “

Tony’s fridge: “My wife worked in a school for children with moderate to severe disabilities. The Chocolate Labrador, who is always at school as a therapy dog ​​for children, also attends staff meetings. Apparently, she is looking for staff who she thinks are stressed and sit next to them with their heads on their knees.

Red fox: “Luna looks like a beautiful Border Collie. How could you not like having him around?

Boggles65: “As someone who has been mutilated by dogs three times – through no fault of my own – and therefore not happy in their company, and understandably, I would be prevented from going to my job if pets were allowed on public transport, and I would have to quit smoking or work from home permanently if my job allowed pets in the workplace. allergies.

AllyMac: “I love dogs but I am very allergic to most of them. I couldn’t work in an environment where animal hair was all over the place.

Miss Moneypenny: “Dog smell in the workplace – lovely. It would also bring a whole new dimension to office politics. “

oskarmanning: “My dog ​​comes to work with me almost every day. If it’s particularly cold or raining, she usually chooses to work from home. I call him my showroom manager. She meets and greets all the customers and plays favorites with the couriers. She found who best to grab some morning tea and lunch snacks. I can’t quantify the real positive effects of having her in the factory, but she makes people smile, which is usually more than they do when they see me.

LK66: “Australia is such a nanny state. I can’t do this, don’t go and definitely leave your pet at home. When I lived in Europe, people took animals everywhere. At cafes, restaurants, workplaces. Because the animals were socialized, they knew how to behave and didn’t bother anyone. We have a lot to learn about coexistence in this country. Our space has killed any perspective on community or tolerance for difference – to our detriment. “

Julie siedses: “I know it is unacceptable in Australia to say that you are not a dog lover, it is seen as a personality flaw, but I just don’t want to have my legs covered in drool. like some dogs, but I might not like yours, and I think forcing a pet in a workplace might do the opposite of creating a quieter workplace, for me.

spiz: “It wouldn’t work for my cat. He wants to join all my team meetings and insists on sticking his nose into things that are obviously not his. If he came to work he would be annoyed by all the dogs and start fighting, he would be dragged into HR and be told that he is not a team player. Knowing him, that will not be the end, he would immediately be the Commissioner for Discrimination. Watch the legal affairs rise. You think scratching at the door and meowing is a pain! “

dina: “Our dog has always been to the office. Staff love him and his company misses out during COVID as I had to work from home. He brings calm and fun to those who interact with him. He knows his place under my desk and goes out for treats and a lunchtime stroll. Sometimes focusing on something other than yourself is a great way to relieve stress. “

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