Letters to the Editor

Trams cost more to run

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9:21 PM   It is necessary to correct the assertions by Kevin Cox (Letters, February 9).

Light rail misstated

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The opponents of light rail make the false assertion that we need to choose between rail and other modes of transport.

GST shifts tax burden

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Malcolm Maiden argues that the "Tax system should be broader based". In the current tax debate, this is simply code for shifting the tax burden from the rich to the working poor and pensioners.

Story is work of fiction

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There are plenty of good stories about Dame Pattie Menzies, and indeed, her cat. Why invent one?

We've learnt nothing from the horrific lessons of war

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One would be hard pressed to find a name that's more offensive and inappropriate than BAE Systems Theatre at the Australian War Memorial.

Child abuse condoned

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The Canberra Times   This is cruelty beyond belief. Surely Australia can do better than this.

Highly impractical

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Do we really need a Gungahlin Drive/Tuggeranong Parkway with bridges down the middle of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue?

Benefits on lighter side

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Andrew Barr and Simon Corbell have announced a successful light rail tender bid that includes a capital cost of $698million with a variance of 5 per cent.

Constitution change needed if we are to have a new head of state

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David Smith asserts that " We already have an Australian head of state in the governor-general".

To make Canberra a unique city close Northbourne Ave to traffic

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Northbourne Ave should become a boulevard accessed only by services, public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.

Bryce display sexist

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Quentin Bryce was respected and admired during her tenure as Australia's 25th and first female governor-general.

Look beyond limb-shedding, thirsty eucalypts for avenue

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Having recently witnessed a large eucalyptus shed a limb near a playground on a beautiful quiet still day, I began to wonder about the choice of tree to accompany light rail.

Changing our anthem

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A problem with Waltzing Matilda as a new national anthem is not just that the saga revolves around suicide.

Wrecking the service

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Reading "APS jobs on rise for new graduates" (January 11) and "Graduates aim for SES within five years: survey" (January 16), one finds oneself nodding in recognition and understanding of the reasons for declines in standards of "public service" that have evolved over recent years.

‘Illiterates’ in power

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We are indebted to Malcolm Mackerras and Crispin Hull for two recent erudite, informative and quantified articles about the present Senate method of preferential voting.

International flights will bring big opportunities as well as travellers

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Letters to the Editor   International flights may well be the most significant boost to Canberra's future since our inception.

Hope no basis for rail

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In a well-planned city of the 21st century, more than just hope is surely needed when embarking on a $1billion public transport project ("Let's hope light rail proves worth all the fuss", January 21, Times 2, p5).

Fanning the flames

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We have learnt little from the January 2003 bushfire and remain rather complacent.

Voters should not re-elect Burch - the invisible MP

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Emma Macdonald's comment piece on Joy Burch's ministerial role following her resignation from the ACT government ministry ("Departure long overdue, but the damage is done", January 20, p1) is a succinct and accurate assessment of her performance.

High rises a mistake

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The new ACT government plan for Northbourne Avenue is excessive compared to the carefully measured plans and designs in the relevant section of the Griffin Legacy produced for city development guidance by the National Capital Authority in 2004.

Alcohol's toll sickens

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Canberrans drink more and at riskier levels than the national average.

Firefighters alarmed

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Firefighters are shocked at claims extra firefighting resources won't increase the safety of Canberrans.

Governments still paying price of missed chance to halt arms race

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Letters to the Editor   Is there no hope for a more rational way of conducting international affairs?

Why degrees of crime?

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ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell's article on alcohol-fuelled violence, "Laws should respond to facts", Times2, January 14, p4), leads me deeper into confusion when it comes to criminal justice.

Cast-off cats owed more

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It is now well-known that lethal control of fast-breeding species like cats does not work.

Cruel policies push those on super below poverty line

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I'm outraged that Social Services Minister Christian Porter claims he's only fixing anomalies as he pushes formerly very productive superannuants below the poverty line.

Change disrespectful

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Canberrans should strongly oppose decision to change the name of the Fraser electorate.

Sentences inadequate

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Almost every time I read of the sentence handed down for a crime, I am left bewildered.

More chances to lose

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Australia's peak sporting bodies ought to be ashamed of their stance in pushing for the legalisation of live online sports betting.

Grubby CBD a disgrace

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Letters to the editor    Canberra businesses might well lament the state of Civic, but it's not just those in trade concerned about the state of our CBD.