Letters to the Editor

Brickworks survey

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7:29 PM   The much-debased use of the word ‘‘mandate’’ must surely have reached a low point when a phone survey can be used for such an extravagant claim.

More than a day off

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As a World War II veteran, I ask: Has the ACT Government and its union friends stopped to think why we have Anzac Day every year?

Make all abusers pay

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The article "Family violence offenders walk free" (March 25, p1) reveals nine cases of family violence in Canberra every day of the year. This is a sobering statistic.

Afghanistan aid makes a big difference

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Congratulations to Minister Bishop for - finally - standing up for Australia's foreign aid.

Wealthy too powerful

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I’m disappointed at the ACT government’s inconsistent handling of urban planning and development.

Feeling a slow burn

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The joke of Telstra service to rural areas was perfectly highlighted by the story suggesting speeds of 12 Mbps.

Kangaroo culls cruel

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Your editorial ‘‘Roo fertility trial an expensive sop’’ (Times2, March 18, p2) showed remarkable psychic powers in being able to predict the outcome of a proposed trial of contraceptives with kangaroos in the wild.

Tram's true cost $2 billion

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The two consortia shortlisted for the Gungahlin-city tram project are no surprise, given their history.

Business case dubious

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Thank you for your articles on light rail (‘‘Canberra’s Light Rail Journey’’, March 15, p5) by Ben Westcott.

Higher education policy a thinly disguised cash grab

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Christopher Pyne's potpourri for higher education, far from being "dried, naturally fragrant plant material", stinks.

Owners’ heartbreak

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The ACT government is long on good intentions but lamentably short of common sense.

The direct approach

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Let’s keep up the opposition since political risk has historically focused politicians’ minds.

Not the Canberra way

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If Treasurer Joe Hockey thinks his road trip to Canberra is spoilt by views of the wind farm at Lake George, wait till he sees the Northbourne corridor after light rail. He may think he’s back where he started.

Pollies too privileged

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I never worked in the public service, and did not enjoy secure employment over the course of my working life.

Axe negative gearing

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Housing affordability has reached a crisis point in Australia. First-home buyers have been priced out of the market.

Supply and demand

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C. Hamilton (Letters, March 1) suggests a suitable ‘‘tactic’’ to stop whining about fines and that is that borrowers ‘‘could read books with a shorter loan period first’’.

Indigenous communities well worthy of our support

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The Prime Minister has endorsed Western Australia’s plan to close remote Indigenous communities, saying we cannot ‘‘endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices’’.

Abbott in alignment with Mugabe over UN 'lecturing'

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I'd say many Australians are very happy the UN is telling it like it is, Mr Abbott.

Dicing with disaster

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The LDA’s Canberra Brickworks and Environs Strategy is a ‘‘monstrosity’’ of a scheme.

Cultural barbarism too

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Islamic State jihadists are incurring global condemnation by bulldozing historic monuments in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. In Canberra, our ACT government is pressing ahead with plans to bulldoze heritage buildings of the Northbourne public-housing precinct in order to part-fund a suburban tramway.

Shifting staff too costly

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Keeping 4000 Immigration employees in Belconnen is of paramount importance – this loss would be extremely costly to the Australian taxpayer and negatively impact on businesses and the surrounding community.

Humble Abbott part of Coalition's master plan

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 Mark Kenny, incisive as ever, writes we are now witnessing a gentler, wiser, even more humble Tony Abbott.

Apartments no panacea

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Tony Trobe's reasoning is flawed by obvious ageism and very dodgy biblical references in regard to the Territory Plan.

Western politicians responsible for rise of Islamic State

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Tony Abbott and his ‘‘team’’ are unbelievable.

Pokies ahead of kids

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It would seem that pokies revenue is more important than the care and education of children.

Values have changed

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Attitudes have changed so much it would be unconscionable to leave the gargoyles where they are.

Medicine is safe

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Accusations that may frighten people into stopping their medication, are irresponsible and frankly, dangerous.

Leaked emails raise big issues with funding of Liberal Party

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Included in the recent leaked emails of Philip Higginson, honorary treasurer of the Liberal Party of Australia, were comments to the effect that he was about to visit America to raise tens of millions in donations for the Liberal Party, and that this had been discussed with the Prime Minister.

Trade agreement to benefit corporations rather than us

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Why is there no open discussion of trade agreements before they are signed?

Trade agreement to benefit corporations rather than us

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There must be a focus on imported food contamination and investor state dispute settlement clauses in the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Minister Andrew Robb is so anxious to sign.