What a hotchpotch event (‘Vipers and Whistleblowers’, January–February 2015). How can the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards transcend the Miles Franklin and Stella Awards while their results are interfered with by politicians, and while the winners are not chosen by the literary judges to whom the task is set?
If the prime minister wants to choose a winner personally, then let him do so, but while taxpayers’ money is used leave it to those professionally equipped to do so. Louise Adler’s defence of Tony Abbott’s interference in this regard is ludicrous and goes against her role as chairwoman of the judging panel.
Liat Kirby (online comment)