John Hayward

The ‘King Coal’ described by Guy Pearse (May) might seem to enjoy the freedoms of a monarch, but it is just one of the extraction industries, including oil, bauxite and iron ore (to which you might add gaming), enjoying similarly grotesque privileges. The real king, however, is clearly a political establishment with a donation addiction so serious that it has recently eclipsed the greatest challenge our species has faced. It was Carmen Lawrence who suggested that our major parties have come to behave like corporations, delicately implying the same ruthless pursuit of self-interest. Sadly, however, their fiduciary duties seem strictly confined to their elected members and corporate patrons.

John Hayward
Weegena, Tas