Letters to the Editor

No favours for the left

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5:12 PM   Stephen Holt thinks "the persistent presence of crossbenchers looks like becoming a lasting feature of life in the House of Representatives".

Community conned

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On Thursday afternoon, I attended a meeting with other community representatives from Dickson Residents Group, Downer Community Association and North Canberra Community Council with the LDA about development in Dickson (section 72, where the pool is).

Builders need rules

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Peter Grills (Letters, July 20) rightly complains about defective apartment buildings. "Quality" (not merely a product's appearance, but compliance with specification, or optimum fitness for purpose) is generally achieved in serially produced items, like cars, and even many factory-produced building components, where extensive prototyping and testing are inherent in production.

Coal's going up in smoke

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Doug Hurst claims that coal and gas are here to stay. He'd better look up the meaning of "non-renewable".

Shorten's green policies are a commendable first step

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Congratulations to Bill Shorten and his colleagues for their proposal to advance to the front of popular and international opinion to pay Australia's fair share in climate change mitigation ("Shorten moves on green energy", July 22, p1).

Prayer brings pain

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The difficulty of deciding to terminate a pregnancy can only be full realised by the person immediately concerned.

A step backwards

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As someone concerned about congestion due to rampant population growth and the environmental effects of our lifestyle, I find Alexander Penca's statement (Letters, July 21) about light rail to be fine-sounding rhetoric without a sound basis. I am not convinced that light rail will achieve the important results we need.

Stop Supabarn's sale

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Let's stop the proposed sale of Supabarn to Coles and increase competition within the grocery industry in the ACT.

If we're big-taxing, big-spending let it be for the right reasons

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The trouble with having a daffy captain is he appoints daffy lieutenants.

Stick with a valid fight

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Matthew Raggat's article (Sunday CT, July 12, p7) tells of a huge increase in drivers challenging parking fines, revealing excuses they use to try to get out of fines.

Conga-line of conservatives pushes clean coal uphill

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A less cautious man than me may well ask what Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have to gain by blatantly attempting to sink investment in renewable energy.

Granite going cheap

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Holcim is the largest quarrying company in the world. It is a Swiss-owned company headquartered in Zurich.

ACT Housing menaces

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We know of at least one other savage dog attack at an ACT Housing property, while an American pit bull roaming loose from another public housing property recently menaced us.

Ride-sharing the way to go

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Michael de Percy ("Uber flagfall could be steep", Times2, July 9,p1) did not address the potential for Uber to impact public transport in Canberra, and the underlying reasons.

Don't blame residents

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As one of the "good burghers" of Woden Valley, I should by now be immune to architect Rodney Moss' gratuitous and inaccurate assertions that the town centre's problems are the result of Woden Valley residents being "anti-development".

Builders' time bomb

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The number of apartment buildings that leak in Canberra is astounding. An FOI request to ACT Planning will uncover dozens of rectification orders.

Tipping point?

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A self-sustaining city – is there such a thing on this planet?

Australia's dependence on coal industry anachronistic

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Our federal government has given conditional approval for a coal-mining venture on the Liverpool Plains.

Same rules for all

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While I have only had 25 years' experience as an advocate, my first 12 years of practice was as a prosecutor in the ACT DPP.

Referendum tells the Greeks only what they want to hear

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No wonder the Greeks are rejoicing ("No vote powers Greek push for softer measures", July 7, p2).

Crunch the numbers

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Surely, the argument for, or against, the light-rail proposal comes down to a simple question: are the capital and operating costs over the economic lifespan of the light-rail infrastructure less than those costs for the number of buses required for the same outcome?

Develop Fluffy blocks

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The Mr Fluffy saga is at a critical crossroad that presents a unique opportunity for creative and sensitively developed housing alternatives in Canberra's established suburbs.

Residents protect plans

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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.

Consumers should boycott the world’s big tax-dodgers

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There is a simple answer for each of us in dealing with multinational tax-dodging companies.

Conspiracy of silence

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I note, with a degree of wonderment, that the recent ACT Budget has been greeted with a deafening silence.

Bad from any angle

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Graham Downie's excellent article on the Gungahlin tram project should be required reading for all Canberrans.

National security too important to be used as political football

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Jack Waterford's article on ASIO ("Is ASIO toeing PM's line ahead of election?", Forum, June27, p1) hit the nail on the head.

Mr Fluffy upset awaits

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I note that despite the warnings of its own advisers, the ACT government is this week going to release the addresses of all Mr Fluffy properties.

Orwell had an answer

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Will Steffen and Barbara Norman have come up with a proof of how we are really in favour of light rail: just remove the opponents from the poll and we are left with a majority in favour.