Letters to the Editor

Plan churns stomach

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6:53 PM   "Churn" is right, as that is exactly what my stomach did at the news of the ACT government proposals for increased parking fees ("Parking fee rise to encourage vehicle 'churn', May 31, p3). On the one hand, the government insists Canberra's population must increase to 500,000, and then it claims we have a problem because too many people are looking for parking spaces.

ACT debt out of control

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Congratulations to Kirsten Lawson on her excellent article "Barr caught in budget bind" (Forum, May 30, p1). Surely, the present ACT government is the most irresponsible one in living memory.

Corbell strangely quiet

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Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell told the North Canberra Community Council on May 19 it would be difficult for the government to meet its election commitment of a 10.5 per cent public transport mode share by 2016.

Heritage protection

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I refer to the editorial in the Sunday Canberra Times on May 23 and would like the opportunity to correct some misperceptions.

Heritage industry ‘bent on smothering city rejuvenation’

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Senior members of the heritage industry are clearly bent on smothering the rejuvenation of our city.

If electorates favour gay marriage, why fall back on conscience vote?

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A parliamentary vote by truly representative members should automatically reflect national electoral opinion.

Restrict immigration and take the pressure off our infrastructure

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The article "Traffic jam costs tipped to hit $700m" (May 22, p1) quotes Infrastructure Australia chairman Mark Birrell.

Tutorials true luxury

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There was a time when I enjoyed Jenna Price's contributions to The Canberra Times, but that was before her favoured political party was thrashed at the federal elections.

A growing problem

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Groups like Sustainable Population Australia have been highlighting the costs of high population growth for decades, with seemingly little effect on those who pull the levers that influence our quality of life.

Foreign fighters should be treated the same, no matter on which side

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"The law should apply to all," says one reader. Judge Tony claims that "a crime is a crime is a crime".

Meter move aids fitness

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I was pleased to read the emphasis ACT Heart Foundation chief executive Tony Stubbs (Letters, May 18) placed on the role of physical activity in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease when obesity usually grabs all the headlines.

Public housing better peppered among each suburb

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Despite the chic reproach directed at the citizens of Nicholls, Nimby paranoia has some foundation: I doubt that many readers want to live near a ghetto of ice-addled recidivists screaming obscenities at each other at 50 paces.

Change to land use

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I mistakenly believed the territory plan protected the character of low-density suburbs.

Housing outcry 'ugly'

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The underlying sentiment that anyone living in public housing is of a lower value than someone else is disgusting.

Housing fears 'real'

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Your editorial "Sharing the burden in all our interests" (Times2, May 19, p2) relating to objections by Nicholls residents, schools and others to proposed public housing, is irresponsible and offensive, particularly the reference to "scaremongering".

Parasite in our pubs

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It seems some of Australia's state governments and clubs are sailing a bit close to the wind when it comes to having a social conscience.

Too few would benefit

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Chris McMullen is obviously unaware of the meaning of "nimbys".

Cost of consumers

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Congratulations to Matt Wade for his article "The budget pressure no one talks about" (Sunday Canberra Times, May 10).

Budget cut to foreign aid a huge step backwards

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I was appalled to see in "Budget 2015 The Verdict" that the cut to foreign aid is given a "thumbs up"!

Light rail intentions clear

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It's fair to debate the merits of light rail, but could it please be more honest?

Canberra light rail long overdue

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To the small and extremely vocal minority of nimbies opposed to light rail, the system proposed for Canberra is already 30 years' late.

Not much of a choice

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The countdown is on: just 50 days remain for owners of "Mr Fluffy" properties to make a decision on the future of their properties.

Flip-flop on debt and deficit shows our leaders clueless about economy

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Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey are what investors call contrarian investors, at least with the public's money anyway.

Time indigenous people 'stepped up and took control of their lives'

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I was buoyed by Noel Pearson's candour in a speech in Brisbane this week.

Spruce-up needed

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I have just spent five weeks house-sitting in Crace. After visiting Belconnen Mall I couldn't help but compare its bright and vibrant decor to our Southside shopping centres.

Still without a phone connection a month after storm

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It was heartbreaking to read of outgoing Telstra CEO David Thodey's agony over his obscenely large salary.

Project not justified

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If Canberra had a greater population density, then a metro might be justified.

No confusion at top

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Murray Upton's interest in planning and development in the Belconnen town centre is encouraged.

Too few ACT senators

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It's catch-22 in the Senate about the proposed transfer of planning and land development powers from the National Capital Authority to the ACT government.

Amount needed to help Nepal tiny compared with spending on wars

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The Nepalese Foreign Minister Ram Sharan Mahat estimated that at least $2 billion would be needed to rebuild homes, hospitals and other essential buildings in his devastated country.