I applaud two articles by your columnists Crispin Hull (‘Christian PMs don’t lock up kids’, September 1) and Ian Warden (Focus, September 2), and a letter from Robyn Fetter (‘Morrison’s Hypocrisy’, September 3) for calling out our latest prime minister for being a hypocrite about refugees.
Mr Morrison – like many of his predecessors as PM or Minister for persecuting innocent foreigners – would seem to be a Sunday morning Christian, with the flexible values our standard politicians have.
Which in one respect is a relief: hopefully we won’t be embarrassed by our PM doing a literal song and dance act in public, or worse, however entertaining that might be ... although it would likely result in his immediate political demise.
Instead we’ll just get the usual bland prevarication.
R Neville, Fraser
Voice from above
Ian Warden (September 2) should know the PM consults the Lord over dry toast and coffee each morning.
And that the Cabinet Room has a spare chair from which the Old Chap ponders important matters of state.
Barrie Smillie, Duffy
A humane option
Elliot Williams’ recent article ‘Kangaroos taking a toll on vehicles’ (Sunday Canberra Times, September 2, p.4) points to the increased number of accidents in Canberra involving motor vehicles and kangaroos, with only the panel-beaters profiting.
The combination of the rapidly increasing number of kangaroos and the shortage of feed in this drought has brought the kangaroos into the suburbs and along the road edges in search of green grass.
The damage to cars and sometimes drivers and passengers, including a recent inferno following a collision, is lamentable. The kangaroos normally die horribly and often leave a surviving joey.
The ACT government struggles every year with good-hearted but mistaken people who strongly oppose the minimal annual kangaroo cull. There are clearly far more kangaroos in our region than the carrying capacity for them, and this also leads to major problems for those running cattle and sheep for a living.
Culling by skilled shooters is far more humane than culling by vehicle.
As a result of the increased number of orphaned joeys, people are appealing for help and money to save them.
To me this kindly task is counter-productive. This is given that there are already so many kangaroos dying in accidents and many more suffering from hunger in what may well be a prolonged drought.
How will it help the situation to release the saved joeys into the wild? It may be better to kill them humanely.
Neville Exon, Chapman
Instead of vilifying the Russian government for its alleged chemical attack on UK residents, some might expect that Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, would be expressing fulsome gratitude for Russia’s determined effort to rescue her failed premiership (‘‘Planes, trains and perfume: how CCTV tracked Novichok to the Skripals’ door’’, September 7).
That Putin’s agents did everything to help is beyond question, having flown directly to London from Moscow before posing conveniently in every possible location to confirm their alleged presence and intentions.
Of course, even the cleverest of so-called ‘‘intelligence agencies’’ can slip-up.
The British government has yet to explain how it managed to photo both Russians separately disembarking from their flight to London, in the same spot, at exactly the same time.
Definitely nothing to see here.
John Richardson, Wallagoot, NSW
Future of economy
The Canberra Times articles on the future of light rail and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment proposal for a new education centre at Watson (September 1) starkly demonstrates the total failure of the Barr government to address more responsibly the future development of the ACT economy.
Whilst the Barr government is more than willing to spend additional billions of ACT ratepayer dollars on the flawed white elephant of light rail, it is not willing to assist or support the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) in its innovative proposal to grow the technological, gaming, education and film sector.
This has already proven itself as a niche element in the ACT economy.
The AIE has an established record in these key sectors, having established multiple hubs interstate and overseas to grow their business.
Obviously the Barr government is blind to the economic multiplier effects which innovative technological clusters such as the AIE proposal for Watson could achieve for the ACT economy.
Perhaps the government could look at the success of the Queensland Gold Coast and Sydney Moore Park film industry hubs.
Those hubs have been achieving significant growth for their local economies.
The AIE should be given a priority concessional lease of the Watson site (with appropriate financial caveats to protect the ACT taxpayer), and allowed to get on with doing what it has done successfully to date.
The academy has shown it has been able to grow and develop an important niche category of the ACT economy.
Ron Edgecombe, Evatt
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