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8:02 PM Your headline "Plans protect residents" (June 28, p18) completely reversed the core meaning of my letter, which was that resident groups (and other public-spirited third parties) are the only parties in the ACT that stand between good, principled, long-term city planning and the stampede for short-term development profits and local government revenues.
Charles Waterstreet 9:00 PM The character of Sydney is written in its buildings, sometimes very ironically.
Peter FitzSimons 9:00 PM "We should forget balancing left and right. It's too late for that. In the same way management can no longer separate journalism from advocacy."
The Canberra Times With drug use on the rise and overcrowding a real concern, banning smoking in prisons would seem to be a long way down the priority list.
Quentin Dempster Sarah Ferguson's ABC series left one crucial question unanswered.
The Canberra Times Greece's predicament has been a long time coming. Some suggest it began the moment it was admitted to the Eurozone in 2001.
Victoria McKenzie-McHarg This week we witnessed such a moment in Australia when an unprecedented alliance of major Australian business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups came together to put the splintered climate policy debate back on common ground – and to offer tangible pathways forward.
Toni Hassan The daft and radical idea of charging high-income parents for public schooling included in a secret draft of a federation green paper was canvassed by one ABC reporter as an attack on the culture of entitlement. But it might be the opposite.
Adam Minter 4:00 PM Gay marriage isn't legal in China, and it won't be any time soon. But thanks to the US Supreme Court, and its decision last week to legalise same-sex unions, the subject is suddenly a national topic of conversation.
There is a simple answer for each of us in dealing with multinational tax-dodging companies.
Jack Waterford Joe Hockey's lawsuit against Fairfax might serve as a perfect example of how Australian politics, and the Australian law of defamation, is becoming an international joke, not least because they have become sport for the rich. Law, and politics, is something to which leaners, takers and users can no longer aspire.
Leigh Tonkin The ability to hold on to a reader beyond the opening paragraphs will soon determine the size of a writer's pay cheque.
Derek Rielly One year, they're unique captains of their own little vessels with their own, usually kooky, take on the world, the next it sounds like you're listening to a squeaky version of their mum or dad.
Terri Butler 12:15 AM It is well past time for the nation to adopt same-sex marriage.
Annabel Crabb 9:00 PM I cannot be the only carbon-based life form on Earth who fell a little bit in love with Hillary Clinton when it was revealed on Wednesday that she cannot use a fax machine.
Warwick McFadyen 12:15 AM The norm is terrifying and yet as a society we fail to notice its approach.
Sanjay Bhosale 11:30 PM Canberrans urge party to live up to its claims to stand for a "fair go" and to support the disadvantaged and the powerless.
Sam de Brito 9:00 PM Concept of "third nature" suggests some of what was once thought to be good manners is obsolete.
Thomas Friedman 12:15 AM An Iran freed from sanctions and with an injection of more than $US100 billion will be more powerful than all its Arab neighbours.
Gemma Tognini There's always one. That one person who thinks the rules don't apply to them. We all know people like that.
The Canberra Times Senator Abetz's assertion that 'concern' with same-sex marriage is a media construct or obsession is a red herring.
Harry Hollinsworth "Entertainers Gracie Fields and husband Monty Banks are being sued by film director Irving Cummings," the Herald reported on this day in 1946.
Tom Ballard To be fair, it's a crazy world out there. But you see, in 21st century secular Australia, rich, white, straight men don't get to call all of the shots all of the time.
Andrew P Street Australia's own Grandpa Simpson explains how your new fangled gay marriage is a fad. Your news of the day, reduced to a snarky rant.
Letters to the Editor
I note, with a degree of wonderment, that the recent ACT Budget has been greeted with a deafening silence.
Tristan Clemons 9:00 PM The reasons we love elite sports players – for their tenacity, grit and perseverance – are exactly the qualities we should be admiring in our elite scientists. Tristan Clemons explains.
Graham Hryce The media coverage of the judgment in the Joe Hockey defamation case has been somewhat predictable.
Greg Barns Instead of inciting unrest, Andrews government should pursue initiatives that make it more likely prisoners will want to stop smoking.
Malcolm Bosworth and Greg Cutbush Once again, the Productivity Commission has released a report attacking preferential trade agreements. And once again, the government is ignoring the recommendations.
Hamish McDonald Since Indonesia's independence 70 years ago, the Australia Indonesia Association has continued to promote cultural friendship between the two nations amid political and economic hardships.
Don Anton Lessons for Australia about a potential negligence action to compel the Commonwealth government to do more to counter climate change.