Letters to the Editor

Develop Fluffy blocks

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11:30 PM   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.

Plans protect residents

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Architect Tony Trobe calls for a radical simplification of the ACT's Territory Plan.

Discounting doubters sure to make light rail stack up

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Will Steffen and Barbara Norman ("Light rail poll: Liberals' views should not be counted", Times2, June25, p5) have come up with the remarkable conclusion that, if you exclude the people who oppose the light rail proposal from survey results, most people support it.

Clear link in death

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Coroner's findings highlight the serious failings of mental health services in the ACT.

Figures don't add up

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I must have missed something on the justification for light rail.

Liberals conducting witch hunt against Bill Shorten and AWU

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The royal commission is nothing more than a Liberal Party "witch hunt" against the AWU and Bill Shorten in particular.

Competition killed off

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I am devastated that Coles are to take over most of the Supabarn stores.

Absurd policies cost us

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The recent ACT Budget is nothing short of an outrageous fleecing of ACT ratepayers. As if the extortion is not bad enough, the government has the gall to send out expensive glossy brochures telling us how the appalling rate rises will be spent.

High price in guilt

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A social conscience is a self-replicating torment. We feel guilty over the child labour that makes our clothes.

With friends like Shorten, workers don't need enemies

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Knife-wielding "Brutus Bill" Shorten of The Killing Season is fast becoming "Sell-out Bill", at least as far as workers are concerned.

Bad planning the culprit

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The problem with town centres is a lack of coherent planning by the ACT's governments.

Net could link centres

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The State of the Regions report criticises the juxtaposition of Canberra's town centres, while failing to acknowledge that land form determined the geographic distribution of the towns.

Figures misleading

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In his article on the light rail proposal ("Rail supporters miss mark", Times2, June 12, p1) David Hughes compares the proposal's benefit-cost ratio unfavourably with the London Crossrail BCR.

Light rail out of date

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Studies have shown that even today's buses along the same route are faster and more efficient than light rail can ever be.

Tram model is wrong

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The majority of Canberrans may well like light rail, as a concept, but not necessarily like the one proposed.

Scrap the gargoyles

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​Clearly there is "unfinished business" at the Australian War Memorial to bring it up to contemporary expectations of its role in reflecting our war history.

Developers' dream: big migration and absentee buyers

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In the present flurry of commentary about the causes of the housing crisis, it is astonishing to see what has already been claimed and what instead has failed to be pointed out upfront.

Why light rail is worth it

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Policies that bring the community together and promise an improvement in our quality of life should be something we all strive for.

Why we need light rail

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We need to get our heads out of the sand and recognise the way we get around in Canberra has to change.

Obama makes ultimate captain's call with assassinations

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The PM's tough talk about cancelling one's citizenship for taking up arms against Australia is rather limp.

Take a fresh approach

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Instead of barging ahead with the dumb, virtually wholesale destruction of the fine 1950s Bauhaus-style apartments and their landscaped spaces along Northbourne Avenue ("Govt pushes forward to knock down public housing blocks", June 4, p1), the government should call design and money-for-land tenders for the comprehensive redevelopment of the places, with a binding condition that the subject buildings and spaces be preserved, restored, and put to good appropriate uses.

Land tax can be unfair

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No tax is popular; a tax that increases faster than prices may cause a stir, but a tax that starts eclipsing incomes is going to end badly for someone.