John Madelly snr, your contribution (Letters, March 25) is common sense. Fixing Canberra Stadium (and the AIS Arena while we are at it) is the way to go.
My better half and I regularly take the free buses to and from the Brumbies. On the way home we observe 75 per cent of the passengers happily disembark at Civic after a 15-minute ride to possibly go out on the town.
We would join them, but starting at 10pm the likelihood that we could get home safely on public transport before midnight after a meal, a drink and a dance (in our footy attire, of course) is zero.
The same issue would apply if the Brumbies and others ever got to use a new stadium in town. So, Zed and the two Andrews, how about you all focus on upgrading Canberra Stadium and the AIS Arena, and making the public transport interface to both even better than it is at present?
I smell a developer rat in the enthusiasm for running down the once first-class sporting facilities and adjacent carparks at Bruce.
Are our years of campaigning for safe travelling for our kids in the 1970s and 80s to be undone just because the Greens want to get more pushbikes on the roads?
We fought for mandatory helmets to protect our kids from hideous head injuries (try telling a youngster to wear a helmet if it's not compulsory); we worked to ensure the creation of off-road bike paths and underpasses (now left crumbling while cyclists use main roads and expressways); we trained kids to walk facing traffic, to walk across pedestrian crossings with their bikes, to take care of pedestrians (ring your bell) and keep off footpaths and so on.
Yet we now have members of our own Assembly advocating a free-for-all to encourage more cyclists to crowd on to roads and public paths with little regard to safety. What about the babies whose carers carry them in flimsy, dangerous bike trailers? Please try to stop the nonsense and save us and the planet safely.
The Solomon Islands is said to be finalising a deal with China which would see Chinese warships based within the Solomons.
In 2017 Australia's ABC ended 88 years of shortwave radio broadcasts into the Pacific and northern Australia.
The ABC's former shortwave frequencies are now being used by China Radio International, which is China's state-owned overseas broadcaster.
Senator Zed Seselja has been Australia's Minister for International Development and the Pacific since December 2020.
Was seeing to the reinstatement of ABC broadcasts to the Pacific on the senator's to-do list? Where are our strategic thinkers?
ScoMo and co really must go. To move a few detained refugees to New Zealand, as proposed by New Zealand in 2013, is one of the more cynical and desperate moves of this government to date. It's embarrassing for the nation after making those innocents suffer for nine long years.
I have written previously about the behaviour in question time of senators Wong, Keneally and Gallagher. Their constant interjections, talking over other senators and bullying not only reflected poorly on the standard of question time, but more so on their credibility. Given the current allegations being made against these senators, I seem to have been vindicated.
The Greens want to abolish student debt. This is a poor idea. The average university graduate gains a larger lifetime income. They should repay the Australian people some of the cost of that advantage. Gifting it to them would just be a handout.
It might make sense to the Greens because the tertiary educated are their primary constituency. If so then it looks the same as the Coalition government's handouts to its own electorates and would also find itself on the corruption spectrum.
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