Letters to the Editor

Dairy based on abuse

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8:01 PM   It's disturbing to see that our kids are being subjected to the brainwashing of Dairy Australia.

Time to extract ourselves from that futile war on IS

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The idea that Australia should decide to participate in dropping bombs on Syria is truly appalling.

Sited for retirement

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That Canberra faces a dire housing shortage with its ageing population is not surprising, as quoted in a recent PRS Australia report.

Unions too powerful

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It was not CFMEU official John Lomax who should have been applauded at the ALP's weekend conference, but former chief minister Jon Stanhope.

Emissions don't tally

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The statement that Canberra would be, "the first Australian capital to be powered entirely by wind, solar and other renewable sources" is ridiculous.

Grateful to Medibank

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As a Medibank insurer and shareholder, and former Calvary Group patient, I say thank goodness at last someone is looking after patients' interests.

Slow progress at West Basin

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I have been driving past West Basin for months now thinking "Great, construction has finally started."

Panel weight important

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It is pleasing to see that part of the ACT government's "solar-panel cash splash" on the Canberra Hospital is to be used according to the federal government's Direct Action policy.

Myriad conflicts of interest at play in Federal Parliament

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The attack, behind the shield of Parliamentary privilege, on Justice Dysen Heydon by former union leader and now Senator Stephen Conroy on Tuesday was vitriolic and shameful.

ANU must face music

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The ANU School of Music has been dealt yet another cruel blow with the loss of its head, Professor Peter Tregear ("ANU School of Music loses its leader", August 18, p1).

Right to have equal legal status not a plaything for politicians

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It has taken me a few days to digest the political gaming that has occurred.

Experiences of bullying are not invalidated by TURC's issues

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The politics of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption are entirely irrelevant to the Territory's building industry.

Corbell's sorry legacy

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Simon Corbell's announcement over a year out from the next election of not running again was an unusual one.

Prioritise local input

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Chris Emery (Letters, August 13) makes a crucial point concerning the quality of the government's community consultation. The community response to the Currong Flats proposal was overwhelmingly against the height of the development, with their preference for eight storeys or less.

Flick pass please

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So now a gang of former federal politicians has launched a High Court bid to access higher retirement benefits, including the much sought-after "Gold Pass" ("Politician entitlements: Former MPs High Court bid to boost allowances", Canberra Times, August 9)?

The community conversation that is the letters to the editor page

Prominent Letter to the Editor writers, from left, R.S. Gilbert of Braddon, Evelyn Bean of Ainslie, Bill Deane of Chapman and Gary J. Wilson of Macgregor.

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Captain's beliefs and interests awkward bedfellows

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As a Christian parent, now granddad, I have always believed marriage to be between a man and a woman.

Rotten wood gets tick

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The current controversy over dodgy apartment construction begs the question about the nature of building inspections. Certainly our recent experience, which has resulted in a refund of the mandatory inspection fee (a cool $700 net approximately for a quick look), is evidence that the industry is pretty sloppy but well rewarded.

Giving ASIO the power to strip citizenship spine-chilling stuff

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I'd be the first to agree that we need to use all proper methods to prevent terrorism.

No asylum from international opprobrium on refugee policy

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I have recently returned from a visit to Europe, first to a conference in Switzerland and then to see family in England.

What's driving the push for this reckless extravagance?

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I see the madness of bringing light rail to Canberra is still going ahead.

Campaign hijacked

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The 2011 campaign for "Ending a legal anachronism" (Public Sector Informant, February 1, p24) was still basically about removing racism from the constitution.

Human v robotic ethics

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Claims to be on the brink of developing an algorithm for "common sense" would seem to stretch the limits of credibility

Bishops must not live like kings

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The moral of story is Bishops must not live like kings

Playing with the facts

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Michael Koundouris' legal spokesperson attempts to reframe the facts in a recent article.

Trams cost me more

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John Simsons (Letters, August 4) says property owners living within 400 metres of the tram line will have to call on the generosity of other Canberrans to support their gains from the expected increase in land values. He's got his sums wrong.

Government already has proven rules for managing entitlements

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We don't need David Tune and John Conde to devise a new system of entitlements for our parliamentarians.

Union fights for safety

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It was disappointing to see Jack Waterford ("Clearly the ACT needs its own ICAC", Forum, August 1, p1) repeat the tired Tory tropes about the CFMEU's "manipulation' of safety issues as a justification for an ICAC in the ACT

Bullies bred in-house

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Bullying continues in the public service ("Public service bully bill heads for $80m", July 30, p1). Many public servants are greatly stressed by not having enough resources or time to do their jobs properly.

Florey rates rapacious

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I read with interest that Florey was identified as one of the more disadvantaged suburbs in the ACT.