What a foolish, self-indulgent waste of resources it has been to pretend to "legalise" the personal use of marijuana.
What is so difficult for our Assembly members to understand about jurisdiction? The ACT Assembly does not have jurisdiction over the use of marijuana, whether named personal or wholesale, liquid or dry leaf form, cork tip or filter, boxed or bagged.
The Canberra Times has noted that the Federal Police can arrest anyone in possession in many recent editorials and articles.
Why not have another go at marriage law? We have marriage equality now courtesy of the Feds, who have jurisdiction: why not an extra layer for the ACT? How much did it cost for the first adventure? A High Court challenge does not come cheap; perhaps a million dollars.
This ACT Assembly wants to tweak the Federal government's nose and then expects grants and handouts. Fat chance.
A larger proportion of the territory voters want death with dignity than want to smoke "pretend legal" pot. Legalise euthanasia again! Mr Pettersson could give the Feds three big sticks to hit the ACT with: pot, death with dignity and an extra layer of marriage equality. That would make everyone feel extra equal in the ACT.
And as the Australian High Court declares these three items of legislation to be outside the power of the ACT Assembly at least one judge will probably observe "perhaps the pot has been circulating in the Assembly a little too soon".
Warwick Davis, Isaacs
AWM article inaccurate
I write in response to your story "Concerns grow as trees face chop for memorial car park" (September 26, p3).
The Memorial was not contacted for facts, but the article is loosely based on an email sent by me to a private resident.
The story claims that as many as "80 mature gums could be removed" to accommodate the new Poppy's Café Car Park extension, including 43 that will "definitely be removed" and another 37 "to be considered" for removal. This is not accurate.
The email reads: "An arborist's report has been commissioned and has identified 43 trees within the construction zone that will need to be removed and a further 37 trees that may be affected depending on the construction methodology proposed by the successful tenderer for these works. We would not expect all 37 of these trees to be affected but rather a smaller subset of them depending on the approach taken".
By no means will all, if many, of the further 37 trees be removed. As stated, they may be "affected" which means they may require protection such as fencing or other intervention to preserve them.
Former AWM director Major General (ret) Steve Gower expresses "dismay" at the removal of the trees in order for the carpark to be expanded.
The fact is the removal of some trees is often a necessary part of development. Regarding the Poppy's Café car park extension, the Memorial has committed to the minimum disturbance of the existing landscape. In this case, new trees will be planted at the end of construction that are most amenable to native wildlife on the Memorial grounds.
Following the letterboxing of more than 400 homes for a public consultation on the car park extension, only 11 people attended.
The AWM is open to receive feedback and comment through a range of avenues at any time, including through its website, Facebook and numerous publicly available email addresses. This is in addition to the consultation held with community groups, relevant government departments and ministers, schools and through my office directly. The most recent consultancy report is publicly available on the Memorial's website.
I encourage any interested party, regardless of their view on the Memorial development program, to take the time to look beyond the media for information on this issue and form their own view.
Dr Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial
What I meant
A letter I wrote ("Strike was timely", Letters, September 24) was edited so that the meaning was changed. My version said that Roger Dace's implication (Letters, September 23) was that the students and teachers should have had their strike in their own time. Instead, it read "Students and teachers should strike in their own time", a misrepresentation of my views.
Vee Saunders, Weetangara
I read of President Trump's definition of our own Prime Minister Morrison as Titanium Man.
The part that fitted Scomo in my opinion was low density. This in my opinion is why Trump is Duchessing him. Just the politician to go to war over Saudi Arabia.
The full definition of Titanium is as follows.
I read of Trump's definition of our Prime Minister as Titanium Man. The part that fitted Scomo in my opinion was low density. This is why Trump is Duchessing him. Just the politician to go to war over Saudi Arabia.Howard Carew, Isaacs
A strong, low-density, highly corrosion-resistant, lustrous white metallic element that occurs widely in igneous rocksand is used to alloy aircraft metals for low weight, strength, and high-temperature stability.
Atomic number 22; atomic weight 47.87; melting point 1,668°C; boiling point 3,287°C; specific gravity 4.51; valence 2, 3, 4.
Howard Carew, Isaacs
How sad that gender equality progress continues to be attacked with flawed thinking like that of Stan Marks (Letters, September 25).
Putting aside his absurdly narrow 50:50 definition of gender equality, I wonder how he thinks APS women will percolate up to the SES when women are clustered at lower levels, there is a marked split between men and women across occupational classifications, and the percentage of women in the APS hasn't changed much over the past decade.
As Dr Sue Williamson and her colleagues point out in their submission to the APS review, there is a "general sense that gender has been 'done'".
Mr Marks would do well to read their submission and update his thinking. Gender equality is far from done.
Ann Villiers, Scullin
Say that again?
Ian Hone (Letters, September 25) claims that an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (IAHW) report shows lower death rates at higher temperatures.
Thus, he asserts, global warming will bring down death rates. Before we all start celebrating global warming, let us remember the Australian Medical Association (AMA) declared recently that climate change was a "health emergency".
The AMA is now in line with its British and American equivalents and with Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). For the past four years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has argued that climate change is the greatest threat to human health in the 21st Century and claims the evidence for this is "overwhelming".
Heatwaves will cause higher mortality and morbidity from heat stress, and more extreme weather events will cause injury and death. Climate change, the AMA says, will cause food insecurity resulting from declines in agricultural outputs, and there will be a higher incidence of mental ill-health.
The IAHW 2018 report (4.1: Impacts of the natural environment on health) mentions most of these things. I could not find any suggestion that climate change will be good for our health, even if a few cold-related deaths are averted by higher temperatures.
Jenny Goldie, Cooma, NSW
Censorship a sin
Thank you so much for publishing Rod Holesgrove (Letters, September 25).
Some of us are up against people like him who want to censor people with opposing views on climate change and who suggesting The Canberra Times does not publish our views.
I am sure The Canberra Times has more credibility than he has.
Brian Hale, Wanniassa
During Prime Minister Scott Morrison's US visit we learnt a Gold Logie statue was given to the American Apollo astronauts for their Moon telecast.
Neither our Prime Minister nor NASA representatives took the rare opportunity to acknowledge the Australian scientific contribution that helped develop the rocket that got them to the Moon in the first place.
Did they even know?
Frances Thompson, Nelson, Vic
TO THE POINT
What does the UN Secretary General know? Hasn't he noticed that Australia has perfected the art of being a puppet simultaneously to both the US and China?
Alex Mattea, Sydney
Rod Holesgroves (Letters, September 25) Australia is a democracy with a free press. The Canberra Times is free to print the opinions of all letter writers, even those you label "climate denialists". Robust debate of ideas is an essential component of any democracy.
Mark Sproat, Lyons
GET OUT MORE
Rod Holgroves (Letters, September 25) should read more widely on global warming and spend less time listening to Greta Thunberg. He may learn anthropogenic global warming is far from being an "established fact".
Owen Reid, Dunlop
Years ago I caught the train out of London to the country. In London there was a light drizzle and no snow. In the country the train got bogged in deep snow. Warmth from the city was melting the snow as it fell. If scientists are using data from the cities of course they will see "global warming".
G R Ryan, Oxford, UK
What was causing the climate to change before humans came along?
Rob Ryan, Westcourt, Qld
CALL A LAWYER
Are the marijuana laws in conflict with our Human Rights Act, particularly for three or more person households? Will there be a water surcharge for those who eschew the ideal growing medium? Is 50 grams sufficient stockpile for the winter months?
Geoff Mongan, Campbell
UN CLIMATE FARCE
The climate debate descended into farce when a 16-year-old schoolgirl stood before the UN audience and sobbed about the state of the planet. And the response from the climate realists, those not taken in by the current wave of hysteria? A few awkward facts.
P.C.Wilson, Gold Coast, Qld
The ACT has made a mistake in legalising cannabis. It is poison, causing changes in the brain resulting in mental illnesses and epilepsy. The approval of the growth of this product for personal use sends the wrong message, especially to youth who are particularly vulnerable.
Dr Alan Shroot,
president, Canberra ASH
A SILLY IDEA
Why did this ACT government go it alone and legalise personal possession of cannabis now? Surely there are many important issues requiring the Assembly's limited attention than this?
Graeme Rankin, Holder
CAUSE FOR ALARM
I am worried about the future of Australian TV when Tom Gleeson is almost being nice to his Hard Quiz contestants.
Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill, Vic
I'm putting my hand up for the job of checking households for the number of cannabis plants; I wonder what the pay will be?
Norman Lee, Weston
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