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Heilpern’s great comparison (20 July) of wars in Ukraine and Iraq, illustrates the USA and all participants commit great evils behind the cover of spin. We witness the culmination of millennia of ‘civilised’ white man culture. Exploitation of ‘other’ and colonisation are vital to the existence and genesis of modern capitalism.

It exploits man’s labour and nature’s bounty, at zero or minimal cost, while others turn a blind eye to death and destruction. It can’t exist without secret shareholders and ‘business confidentiality’.

Let’s contemplate a radical idea, called ‘absolute transparency’, long overdue and never tried before. It is an essential component for solving all of humanity’s issues.

Opaque, undemocratic political parties can’t stomach that, yet the election result almost achieved the capability of creating it for us, the people.

We again delivered most of our representatives over to party factions. Just a few more independents, continuously answering to the electorates, would have done it. It now becomes quite feasible at the next election.

The majority of women are stressed beyond measure by work and family roles, their loved ones divided, by leanings towards red and blue parties. They are the backbone of the nation, the purple people.

Party ideologies are but fig leaves to cover for corporate exploitation of the nation

The focus should be on purple women of diverse backgrounds till 50 per cent gender balance is achieved.

Candidates can determine electoral aspirations, and the most appealing ideals from all parties.

The teals and Brisbane Greens have paved the way.

Trust in profiteers is unconscionable without absolute transparency. A people-owned government can begin to transform the economy’s ground rules, to serve each one of us.

There has been enough trust and transparency for EU countries that trade together to maintain the peace between them. That project was far from complete. Russian membership could have prevented the Ukraine war.

A world composed of five continental unions affords economic stability, and a secure home for all nations. Giant rogue states would not seek to dominate the globe.

Opaque Australia has for generations been a soft touch as a world class quarry, and an unsurpassed market for pharmaceuticals. A sick environment, population, and national budget, are preventable with absolute transparency.

Hayo van der Woude, Mullumbimby


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