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NSW needs a premier ready to hit back against bullies

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Gladys Berejiklian says Michael Daley is not fit to be premier because she thinks he made ‘‘a rash decision under pressure during a morning interview’’, or in other words stood up to Alan Jones (‘‘Daley ignites stadium firefight’’, March 6). But this is exactly what NSW needs in its premier: the guts to stand up to privileged and powerful bullies like Jones. - Mark Pearce, Richmond

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If Jones spent his morning radio program attacking Daley because of his comments on the SCG Trust board members, it goes to show how deeply worried the Liberals and Jones must be about the state election (‘‘Alan Jones returns fire on Michael Daley after sacking threat’’, smh.com.au, March 6). - Blane Stonley, Cowan

I understand from media reports that Daley standing up to Jones may make him some powerful enemies. What these so-called powerful enemies need to understand is many NSW citizens are sick of being treated like doormats, while so many more important parts of state infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, protection of water, and blatant destruction of our native forests and its animals are cast aside as less important than the rebuilding of a 30-year-old stadium. - Anne Finnane, Marlee

Michael, won’t you ever learn? Of course the SCG Trust needs a shake-up; of course Jones should not be on it; of course the football stadium should not be demolished. But surely you should know not to take the bait of such a man. We hoped you were above that, but to borrow cricket parlance, you lobbed a long hop to someone of powerful and dangerous, if disproportionate, influence and to a desperate Premier. Good luck with the flak coming your way. Maybe next time be busy when invited into his lair. - Eric Scott, Bondi Junction

Michael Daley and Alan Jones: The shock jock returned fire against the Opposition Leader on Wednesday morning.Credit:AAP

If Daley has other policies apart from Allianz Stadium, there’s only about two weeks left to tell us. - Paul Haege, Darling Point

The SCG Trust has repeatedly engaged in partisan politics and I have no sympathy if Daley makes good on his threat. Save the stadium, not the trust. - Denis Goodwin, Dee Why

The photographs of the SCG trustees reveal 12 men and two women. Gosh, that’s a surprise. - Nedra Orme, Neutral Bay

It was encouraging to see a politician display a degree of backbone. While Jones (and others) may claim they provide their services free, they fail to mention the perks such a position provides. Dismissing the bulk of the board may be a sound approach, however I cannot understand how board members can retain a role with unlimited tenure. Restructuring the trust, (and board) is a worthwhile pursuit, and changes should be made that limit a board/trust position to no greater than five years. In doing so a process of continuous improvement can
be assured. - Terry Lean, Epping

It’s almost worth voting for Labor on this issue alone. - Bill Plastiras, Vaucluse

At last, a politician who will stand up to Jones. It has been a long time coming. - Colin Piper, Lane Cove

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