Minister Littleproud is apparently outraged that young Australians exercising the right to free speech.
Sir, respect has to be earned. It is not yours to command.
As for showing respect, the various clamourings in government about one Swedish teenager clearly demonstrate members of government lack respect for someone showing more backbone than exists in the entire Liberal-National Coalition.
Don't get me started on the disrespect which is the only response they have to decades of scientific evidence on people's impact on the biology vital to the continuance of life on this planet.
My generation has betrayed the young. We failed. In the 19th century, scientists began warning of the impact of burning fossil fuels on the world's climate.
The stark evidence of the rapidity of ice melt in Greenland and the polar regions is undeniable.
Not that reality has stopped those attacking the science.
So do as you speak Minister Littleproud, respect the science, the scientists and those calling out government inaction.
Greta is absolutely right; your children will never forgive you for your government's obfuscation and inaction.
Rod Olsen, Flynn
What a travesty
We were astonished and devastated.
Three friends and I watched on Sunday night as the Canberra Raiders were denied their first NRL premiership in 25 years by a glaringly wrong an unjust refereeing decision.
This travesty will surely harden the Raiders' resolve to be victorious in the 2020 NRL grand final.
Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin
I had a premonition of bad things to come. The TV coverage missed Mal blowing the horn to start the famous clap.
As for the game and the refereeing blunders, I refereed in Group 2 (a Grand Final) and in the ACT until aged 50.
I intend to send my badge back to the NRL Referees administration with instructions to shove it where the sun doesn't shine.Bill Mackey, retired NSW/ACT Rugby League referee
I intend to send my badge back to the NRL Referees administration with instructions to shove it where the sun doesn't shine.
Bill Mackey, retired NSW
/ACT Rugby League referee
Banks don't care
The Australian banks again didn't pass on the full rates cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia to ordinary customers.
The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg advised the public to shop around. How thoughtful.
He thinks ordinary people have enough time and the means to do so.
I would expect the Treasurer to be more practical and press the banks to honour the rates cut in full and not make airy-fairy and ridiculous comments.
The banks don't care about the plight of the ordinary people.
Sankar Kumar Chatterjee, Evatt
Peter Elford, president of the Gungahlin Community Council is justifiably concerned about the halving of office space in the latest plan for the town centre to 100,000 square metres ("Office buildings the 'engine' driving Gungahlin: community council", canberratimes.com.au, October 1).
It is essential the ACT government reserves sufficient land for offices so it can respond to potential major office demand. Such employment would support to businesses at the centre, increase the efficiency of the light rail and reduce road congestion.
The ACT government needs to increase its efforts to promote Gungahlin as an employment location. It would be short-sighted to convert office land to residential as there is no shortage of residential sites at the Centre.
Mike Quirk, Garran
Terminology in the climate debate is a mess. I am a scientist who thinks we are in natural global warming cycle and that rising carbon dioxide have made some contribution to that warming.
I do not think we are in a catastrophic situation as climate change during the past 200 years has been in steps; a situation not consistent with the rising carbon dioxide levels from industry; increases that have been continuous, but not in steps.
Does that make me a climate denier? I also think that as the world warms the temperature gradient between the Poles and Equator (the EPTG) is not as steep so there is milder mixing of air between mid-latitudes and polar regions; a situation leading to a declining frequency and severity of storms in mid-latitudes and a theory closer to the actual BOM data.
Does that make me a climate denier or a scientist looking for answers? I also note ice ages with carbon dioxide levels much, much higher than today, so I see Tony Eggleton's comments (Letters, October 2) as simplistic.
Howard Brady, Casey.
It is a matter of deep concern that the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, is seeking to privatise the visa processing system.
Surely, visa processing is a matter of national security and should remain within the public sphere. If a for-profit corporation is running the system, you wonder what guarantees are being put in place to minimise risks of visa fraud and data security.
I gather the apparent front runner to win the billion dollar visa processing contract is Scott Briggs, reportedly a friend of the Prime Minister and a former colleague of Immigration Minister David Coleman.
Jenny Goldie, Cooma, NSW
Rental change risks
My sympathy is extended to ACT landlords on the impending introduction of the new rental laws.
The worst aspect of the new laws is the right of tenants to have pets. I rented my million dollar property to a professional couple who allowed two bull mastiff dogs to reside in the house.
The damage these dogs did to the internal furnishings of the house and the total destruction of a garden irrigation system cost me $90,000 to rectify. The couple later abandoned the property and failed to pay a large amount of outstanding rent.
Good luck, Canberra landlords; you will need it!
Colin Toll, Bungendore
In China's defence
Fred Bennett seems to have covered all of China's sins (Letters, October 4).
Could I draw his attention to the fact that the bits of rock claimed by China in the South China Sea were uninhabited, unlike the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean where entire populations were removed by the UK (with the support of the USA) for the same sort of purposes that China has undertaken.
In addition, the United Nations General Assembly referred the issue of the Chagos to the International Court of Justice in 2017 and that Court decided on 25 January this year that these islands had been placed under British administration against the will of the inhabitants and that they (including the US base on Diego Garcia) be relinquished.
Of course the British government rejected any jurisdiction of the court to deliberate.
Does this sound similar to China's actions in the South China Sea?
Perhaps Mr Bennett has not given due attention to the past 200 years of Chinese history, its domination by the "great powers" and the catastrophic civil wars during the last century.
That the Chinese suffered some 17 million casualties during the 10 years prior to and during the second World War in blunting the Japanese should arouse some sympathy.
I also think that perhaps some attention might be given to whether any other political system would have been able to handle the size of the Chinese population and the problems of poverty and so forth it faced after 1949.
Roger Terry, Kingston
Cause for despair
It was with despair and incredulity that I listened to Scott Morrison's address to the United Nations.
I heard only spin, obfuscation and a slippery evasion of reality.
Australia is not doing enough to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions.
Yes. Australia is doing a "bit", as he so aptly put it. But what is needed is a lot. As rich country we have the capacity to lead the world and "punch above our weight", as we do in many other arenas.
With one of the highest per capita carbon emissions in the world we also have a moral responsibility to do much much more.
To ignore the compounding evidence of our changing climate is wilful blindness.
Global warming is real. Its impacts are already effecting our ability to survive on this continent.
Whatever was claimed in his speech, Australia's carbon emissions are increasing not falling.
If he doesn't want children to have "rising anxiety" he could give them the hope that they need by implementing policies that will actually guarantee the necessary reduction in carbon dioxide levels.
So far he is failing Australia, failing future generations and failing the children of today. And they know it.
Geoffrey Nelson, Ainslie
TO THE POINT
A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE
I know little about NRL and the rules and am disappointed the Raiders lost in a gallant effort. It seems absurd that if a ball collides with a trainer from one team, while the trainer is on the field of play, the team is allowed to retain the ball. Surely this is equivalent to an extra player on the field and should invoke a penalty.
Clive Dyer, Wanniassa
I heard the Roosters fans are going to adopt the tackle count restart sign as their Viking Clap.
Greg Gerrard, Weetangera
JUST ASK KERMIT
It's not easy being green.
Allan Gibson, Cherrybrook, NSW
Next year's Raiders' Members' pack should include a navy cap with a big, bold, lime green 6 on it with "2020" underneath. Six for, well, you know, "six again!". 2020 to remind everyone that Raiders' fans have that sort of vision.
James Mahoney, McKellar
OFF THE MENU
So that's it for the green tram then? Damn. I was looking forward to that.
N Ellis, Belconnen
GOOD AND BAD
The Raiders displayed dignity and grace in the face of adversity and defeat. It is a pity the same can't be said of so many of their supporters.
M Moore, Bonython
SAME OLD, SAME OLD
The PM's claim ASIC's criminal charges against CBA over CommInsure show the regulator is doing its job doesn't hold up. If upheld, the charges will result in a penalty of $1.8 million in fines against an $8 billion profit. No individual has been charged. It's the same old "go easy on the big banks" approach.
Keith Hill, Isaacs
Great satire Roger Dace (Letters, October 7) to suggest a royal commission into climate change. The master stroke was to suggest Ian Chubb as chairman; a perfect way to enrage deniers into speechlessness. Think of the panic over how to rationalise Chubb's recommendations into ongoing inaction.
Eric Hunter, Cook
With about the same four degree visible lean will our Telstra tower become as famous as the one in Pisa?
(Photo "A big role to play", October 5, p3).
David Willenbourg, Royalla, NSW
JOB WELL DONE
Good to see the silly backpackers have been repatriated from Iran. Foreign Minister Payne is a quiet achiever. When in a foreign country Australians must adhere to that countries rules, like not flying a drone near a military area.
Adrian Jackson, Middle Park, Vic
A SILLY IDEA
I can't believe the eastern states of Australia are persisting with daylight saving. The cost of electricity is a major problem yet people are turning on lights an hour earlier and, in the heat of summer, rushing home earlier to turn on air conditioners. People ignore the fact their states are going to be an extra hour out of step with all the major trading Asian countries including India and China.
Ken Waters, Maida Vale, WA
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