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Questions should be asked before donating to rebuild

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19.04.2019

Before well-meaning Australians race off to contribute funds to the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral - whether by tax-free donation to an Australian fund set up for the purpose or otherwise - at least a couple of questions should be asked. First, was the building insured against fire? If so, how much will the insurer(s) be paying?

Flames and smoke rise from the blaze after the spire toppled over on Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. Photo: Thierry Mallet

If the building was fully insured, then at least a large part of the cost of restoration should be covered. Another significant question is - or should be - how much will the Roman Catholic Church be contributing (after insurance) to the cost of restoration? After all, the cathedral is one of the Roman Catholic Church's churches, and a significant one at that. The Roman Catholic Church has been strangely silent about the tragedy. Opening its considerable coffers to fund the restoration would only be right and proper.

Don Sephton, Greenway

Morrison rightly expresses sorrow over the damage to Notre-Dame, although this can be successfully rebuilt, and is not Australia's responsibility. He doesn't however express concern over the dying Great Barrier Reef, the largest living organism on Earth and which is the responsibility of Australia to protect. With current climate projections it is very unlikely the reef will restore to even its current state.

Rod Holesgrove, O'Connor

The decision of current Prime Minister Scott Morrison not to set up a fund for the restoration of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris ("PM says no to fund for Notre-Dame aid", April 17, p12) is disappointing and very mean spirited. According to reports in other areas of the news media, many ordinary people, wealthy individuals and companies have already pledged almost $1 billion for the cathedral's restoration. It is also reported that German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for a Europe-wide restoration fund. If the Australian economy is in the wonderful state that the PM and the Treasurer claim, surely they can afford a little of that wealth to help restore one of the world's best-known and revered buildings.

Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin

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