LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Fears for our moral compass

MY CHALLENGE to our federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd is whether he believes his party's boss, the Prime Minister, on two separate issues: silence on not paying boat smugglers, and stripping citizenship without using our courts.

We want long-term solutions about people smugglers and bringing criminal terrorists to justice, but not at the cost of our ethics and principles of behaviour.

Please don't demean these moral issues politically by accusing Labor of something or similar tactics - remember two wrongs don't make a right or justification.

Will Mr O'Dowd stand silent with his boss under the veil of "operational matters" if payments to smugglers are true?

Will he agree with bypassing our court system so that a minister can strip someone's citizenship?

Or will Mr O'Dowd condemn both these unethical behaviours?

My rationale? When the greater good justification makes something right our moral compass is being changed.

GERARD KETTLE, CLINTON



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