Nicholas Stuart in his article "Most important issue is missing" (April 18, p35) has nailed it.
His closing sentence, which I endorse absolutely, states: "This is our last chance to do something about the environment: its importance overwhelming every other issue combined".
Anthony Albanese has everything to gain and nothing to lose by promising to cut all use and mining of fossil fuels, and commit to a 75 per cent reduction in emissions on 2005 levels by 2030.
In Ross Garnaut's words, Australia can be a "superpower" in renewable energy and battery technology, and retrieve a future for our progeny.
Legendary Summernats pioneer Chic Henry was so much more than a car enthusiast with a high-octane lifestyle.
Chic was a loving father, astute businessman and passionate, caring family man. He will be sadly missed following his death.
I was lucky enough to know Chic when I moved to the ACT to work for The Canberra Times. His family welcomed me as their "adopted son" when I lived with them in 2006.
He was warm, wise and adored recounting hair-raising yarns - always with a sprinkle of exaggeration.
Chic's Summernats legacy will never burn out and may he forever "rev" in peace.
Mr Morrison is fortunate he is not facing Jim Chalmers as leader instead of the fumbling Albo. He is young, has the smarts with a Ph.D, and is very articulate with numbers and facts at his fingertips.
More importantly, he is a Queenslander which would have attracted more seats in Queensland as Rudd did when he was leader.
Holding only six out of 30 seats in Queensland I feel Chalmers would have made a difference.
Keith Hill (Letters, April 16) uses a few quotes from politicians to describe Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
One of them was from a disgruntled outgoing member who many would struggle to name.
Mr Hill must be a very sensitive soul if he has never heard words similar to those to describe co-workers in a workplace. What Mr Hill fails to mention is the lack of action from opposition leader Anthony Albanese for the ongoing bullying of their own Kimberley Kitching, that possibly contributed to her death.
If Albanese did not know of the alleged bullying from the "mean girls" Wong, Keneally and Gallagher he is even more clueless than he has shown in the past week or he is lying that his deputy, Richard Marles, who knew about it, did not tell him, which I find hard to believe.
Albanese presents himself as little more than a cardboard cut out, as shown by his word-for-word plagiarism of actor Michael Douglas in the movie The American President.
He has had a free ride from the media for the last three years in trying to dig up false accusations of Liberal politicians Porter and Tudge and claims Morrison has a "women's problem", yet when bullying happens in his own party he does nothing, choosing to ignore it and pretend it didn't happen.
It may be comfy and easy to criticise from the comfort of the opposition for three years with the media on your side but when you want to be the next leader of the country, you really should know the unemployment rate and the official cash rate.
You can talk the talk all you like, but you need to be able to walk the walk.
Wasn't it Albanese who famously said during the pandemic lockdown that the PM has only one job. Looks like he is finding out the hard way. If only it was that easy Albanese.
Locally there have been good things and bad things about this Easter. One good thing is that in some areas we are celebrating nature's resurrection power by enabling our garden waste to rise up again as life-giving compost.
However it is indeed a bad Easter thing that our local coffee shop no longer takes soft plastic waste because it says the ACT government cannot recycle it. Also, we see that the same government has still not installed some nice long picnic tables and benches in the green public spaces in our suburb, despite our requests.
We need these elementary props to encourage us to celebrate our humanity over a shared meal.
Perhaps the passing of this Easter can remind us to recognise the simpler joys we can still enjoy in this country as we mourn their catastrophic loss elsewhere.
It's utter nonsense for the ALP to say that blunders during the early part of an election campaign are not as important as those towards the latter end.
First impressions are very important as they are the ones that stick. Additionally as the trend to pre-poll voting is likely to surge owing to people's aversion to crowds due to COVID the final two weeks are meaningless to a vast proportion of early voters.
Early voting has the effect of changing the election dynamics.
Scott Morrison's "Mr Speaker" triple-slip at a press conference on April 17 is easily forgivable and forgettable for someone whose natural speaking mode, anywhere, is the breathless, speak-under-concrete, technique he adopts in Parliament.
Absurd to call it a gaffe and it was little reported. Except, what if it had been Anthony Albanese? It would be played and played by certain sections of the media as "Albo's seniors moment"; "Albo misspeaks"; "Albo living in alternative universe"; "GP needed to fix Albo's GPS". Etcetera.
As is evident after only one week of campaigning, much of the Australian media is already editorially biased against the ALP. Even the ABC can only manage a 55:45 balance - in favour of the Liberals naturally - because it is terrified of them complaining about a "lack of balance". The Canberra Times does better. It is after all The Canberra Times, and needs must.
Add to that an uninterested electorate, poorly educated in assessing and resisting the dishonest and insulting psychological manipulations of the estimated $500 million to be spent on "electoral advertising", and Australian democracy will slouch to its foregone conclusion on May 21.
Marise Payne spent an awkward few minutes on Insiders trying to avoid answering David Speers's question as to whether she thought Deves should be dropped as candidate for Warringah.
After multiple obfuscations which didn't answer the question she settled for it's "a matter for the NSW Liberals".
Obviously Marise hasn't been paying attention. The NSW Liberals didn't pick Deves, it was Morrison's captain's pick; it is his problem alone.
When right-wing and anti-women's rights Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernadi introduced a bill in November 2017 to reduce access to publicly funded abortions according to some poorly evidenced criteria, Senators Anne Ruston and Zed Seselja were two of the few government members who voted for it ("Ruston has 'big heart' to take on health", canberratimes.com.au, April 18).
The majority saw it for what it was; a sneaky back-door way to hugely complicate women's access to a specific medical procedure, with complete removal of Medicare coverage for such procedures the ultimate goal for the future.
I consider that the photograph of Parliament House and surrounds published on April 11, p18 in the Allhomes section was magnificent and would generate a sense of pride in many Canberrans viewing it.
I recommend The Canberra Times publish daily, in a prominent position, a similarly good photograph of a Canberra building or landscape.
I'm sure many Canberrans would look forward to such a photograph in the same way they might look forward to the daily cartoon. I think the photographs would generate pride in our city.
Readers could be encouraged to submit photographs for publication, just as they submit letters for publication, or as some currently submit photographs which are displayed at the end of the nightly TV news on one of our major TV channels.
Canberra's different seasons would add to the photographs available, as would the initiative of photographers.
So Scotty says he saved 40,000 lives from the pandemic last year? Presumably they were all vetted for the political tendencies of their electorates?
Albo's Labor Party is promising to create jobs by resurrecting Australian manufacturing with $15 billion in capital support. ScoMo's Liberal Party is also promising to create jobs. The weakness of ScoMo's promise is that he made it while visiting a factory that is planning to downsize its Australian operations and relocate to Vietnam. Way to go ScoMo. That's the way (not) to do it.
I was awakened by loud groans this morning from the graves of John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke. Then I read (in The Canberra Times) that Anthony Albanese had refused to support increasing the Job Seeker payment. I cannot believe it.
Yes, M. Flint (Letters, April 13), Scott Morrison has indeed been spruiking the unemployment numbers. But, given his history, who's to believe him?
Yes there are bunnies on City Hill (Letters, April 14) and Capital Hill as well. The can-do bucks thrive on the mantra "have a go to get a go" and consent is just a hurdle to get your leg over.
Yet another mass shooting in New York subway. The media reports end with the statement "not believed to be terrorism". The United States has so many mass shootings surely these are domestic terrorism events?
Recently there has been an outburst of "climate action now" through stickers and dialogue. Unfortunately, there has been a complete dearth of it corollary, "climate action? how?". Over to you Bandt and Albanese.
I agree it would be best to stick with the PM and the LNP because at least you know they will continue to stuff things up. The Opposition Leader and his party are unproven and might just get things right. This would be a shock to everyone. What would we have to complain about?
I am annoyed with The Canberra Times for publishing United Australian Party propaganda. It is outright lies. The UAP says it will have maximum 3 per cent home loans for five years. A political party cannot demand banks or the Reserve Bank to make that a policy.
I saw in a dream Trump saying "we will help in rebuilding building the Ukrainian city of Maruipol and the Russians will pay for it". By the way, did Mexico pay for the American southern border wall?
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