Letters to the Editor

Stronger case needed against negative gearing

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5:06 PM   Following the recent issue of a Treasury taxation paper, there seems to be a campaign to disallow negative gearing.

Dawn of Anzac Day

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5:49 PM   Professor Bruce Stevens gives us a penetrating analysis of the values enshrined in what he calls the Digger Spirituality.

Changing concessions would help low-income earners

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How is it that we have a retirement system that offers more state assistance to the wealthy than low-income earners?

Anzac Day a travesty

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Politicians, the media, greed and rampant nationalism have dragged the whole concept in the dust and trashed it.

Business case busted

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The business case for light rail should be revised.

Covering up a cock-up?

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Reading the article by Christopher Knaus concerning the latest legal manoeuvres in the long-running Eastman/Winchester murder saga ("Eastman tries to stay second murder trial", April 18, p1), I was reminded of the adage in Hanlon's Razor, "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity", more commonly referred to as favouring the explanation of a cock-up over that of a conspiracy.

Foolish to rush tender

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In view of the Victorian government paying in excess of $300 million to exit the tunnel contract, surely the ACT government should await the result of the next election before accepting a tender to build its light rail.

Privatise light rail

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Damien Haas ("Capital's Liberals cannot ignore light rail", Times2, April 17, p5) castigates the ACT Liberals for threatening to cancel the light rail project. Well, he would say that, wouldn't he, given his vested interests.

A brave breed

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​I was amazed at the courage shown by the men involved in the shark attack at Batemans Bay (Sunday Canberra Times, April 12, p3).

Arrogant to ratify projects without bipartisan support

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As an ACT ratepayer who usually votes centre-left, I support the decision by the Victorian Labor government to honour their election promise.

Fluffy change flawed

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Let's assume a wealthy individual had managed to accumulate a property portfolio similar to the one that will be held by the ACT government following the Mr Fluffy house buyback.

Break violence cycle

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There is no easy solution to the problem of domestic violence.

Antipathy to Brickworks proposal

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Information provided by the Land Development Authority in relation to reports of their survey on the level of support for the proposed Canberra brickworks and environs development is misleading.

One-sided relationship with USA in a sorry state

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Pat Campbell's perfectly depicts the sorry state of Australia's one-way relationship with the US.

A case of fair's fair

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The ‘‘students whinge’’ does NOT ‘‘annoy’’ me, T.J.Farqahar! (Letters, April 5). UC student officer Nawaf Ibrahim’s statement seemed neither a whinge nor annoyance, rather an observation put respectfully.

Basing public servants at airport dumb on many levels

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Noel Towell’s article ‘‘Airport contender as PS hub’’ (April 8, p1) illustrates perfectly the federal government’s contempt for Canberra.

Business as usual for multinationals

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The British government has an effective solution to this problem, so what is stopping Australia's?

Mutual respect 101

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We cannot always rely on families to pass on socially responsible attitudes and behaviours to their children.

APS seen as ‘enemy’

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The voters that pay territory rates and taxes should determine how these taxes are spent.

Not a one-off incident

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Children with disabilities are frequently excluded from the mainstream in all sorts of ways ranging from the very subtle to the outrageous.

I cannot support compulsory cat containment across the ACT

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I note with interest the current push to force all Canberra’s cat owners to keep their cats fully enclosed.

Students whinge annoys

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The comments by UC student officer Nawaf Ibrahim (Sunday Canberra Times, March 29, p7) implying how allegedly hard it is for international students in Canberra to find either work or accommodation were most annoying.

Habitat loss, not cats, is the greatest danger to birds

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To say cat containment will have a big impact on plight of endangered species in the ACT is mistaken.

Brickworks survey

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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.