Letters to the Editor
12:00 AM Why is there no open discussion of trade agreements before they are signed?
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.
Daniel Flitton makes some excellent points about the problems of Tony Abbott’s national security policy speech (‘‘‘Them’ versus ‘we’: the danger and divisiveness of security semantics’’, February 24, p4), but I cannot agree that Tony Abbott is generating a ‘‘deeper philosophical debate’’.
Proposals for the sale of government assets is an idea that seems as perennial as it is fallacious.
Good statistics are important in making sense of any issue.
The ACT is not considering organised criminal group legislation, as has been recently enacted in other jurisdictions.
How disappointing that the ACT Legislative Assembly has seen fit to sacrifice good governance principles for expediency and has removed the cap on donations to political parties (‘‘Politicians vote to scrap cap on party donations’’, February 20, p2).
The City to Gungalin tram line is the equivalent of a bridge to nowhere.
The ACT government always intended to acquire the blocks, compulsorily if necessary, and sell them again years later on the open market at the highest achievable price.
Congratulations to Jack Waterford ("Rob Peter's house to pay Joe", Times2, February 18,p1) for his exposition of "political, economic theory 101". Although stumped by the logic of a couple of his characteristically labyrinthine sentences, I am unable to object to any of the broad sentiments he expresses.
They say we get the politicians we deserve. Are we really so abysmal?
Will grandstanding improve government in the ACT at all?
The article, ‘‘Further car registration fee hikes on the horizon’’ (February 15, p8) forecast a rise in registration costs in the next ACT budget.
I agree totally with Jack Waterford’s commentary on the Hoxton Park shooting (‘‘Fault lies in police training’’, February 15, p21). Any fit and able young person trained in basic self-defence tactics, could have disarmed this young woman of her knife without anybody getting injured.
We need to have an election to resolve the matter of light rail for Canberra. This must happen before the government locks us into contracts.
Reading the article about The Causeway (‘‘Community in thought and deed lingers in this domain’’, Sunday Times, February 8, Pages 6-7) brought back many happy memories.
Marion Barker (Letters, February 10) and Julian Robinson (Letters, February 11) are spot on in their assessment of the Prime Minister.
Treasurer, let’s start with an end to demeaning comments about leaners and lifters.
What a telling contrast. When the opinion polls spelled looming disaster for the Labor Party in mid-June 2013, then Prime Minister Julia Gillard, her position under threat from a resurgent Kevin Rudd, herself called a spill.
In late 2013, after two years, I reached the top of the ACT elective surgery waiting list and, after three years of pain due to badly worn cartilage, received a hip replacement courtesy of Medicare and you.
My advice to Simon Corbell over the light-rail extension is that when you’re in a hole, stop digging.
I am very disappointed with the media’s criticism of the performance of the Canberra Hospital.
You have a strange idea of the relative importance of news items when you put on page 3 (Sunday Canberra Times, February 1) a large photo of a child eating Weet-Bix and a much smaller article about the ‘‘ground-shaking’’ Queensland election result at the bottom of page 4.
This week the Governor of the Reserve Bank, the Secretary of the Treasury and the chief executive of Access Economics, to name three economic giants, all said Australia has a genuine budgetary problem that needs immediate attention.
We, the public, have every right to be interested, Tony
Reading the article ‘‘ACT government may sell street lights’’ (February 4, p2) highlighted the wrong-headed federal policy of creating incentives for state and territory governments to sell their income-earning assets.
One of the many bees I have buzzing around in my bonnet is the way the discipline of economics has, with the triumph of the neo-liberal school, become firmly allied with the politics of the right.
Those stymying debt reduction should heed great Singaporean Master strategist
Decade by decade, it seems that local governments are ‘‘devolving’’ more of the responsibility for the provision of public toilets to the large shopping complexes and the ‘‘family restaurants’’ of our town centres.
So Tony Abbott sees himself as a good captain - the man lives in the fog of his own mind.