The dingo is a unique animal with special spiritual and cultural significance to Indigenous Australians, many of whom consider the dingo their totem animal.
It features in Aboriginal cave paintings and dream stories dating back thousands of years before the white settlement of the continent.
What consideration is given by the government to indigenous cultural beliefs when the “recognition to the land” declaration allows on behalf of all of us the killing of dingoes under the false label of “wild dogs” in Tidbinbilla and Namadgi National Parks.
It is a disgrace to Canberrans and an insult to the Ngunnawal people if we allow this cruel slaughter of a totem animal to continue.
Jenny Goldie (Letters, June 16), like too many others, seems to have swallowed gallons of the “renewable energy” Kool-Aid and is unable to discern the broader issues from the narrow views of her favorite experts.
There is no such thing as “renewable energy resources”; they are just energy collection systems as the laws of physics state that energy cannot be created or destroyed.
It can be converted from one form to another, which is what the solar, wind and hydropower capture systems do. Only hydro has a built-in storage system that can be supplemented with dams. Unfortunately, Australia has neither the topography nor the reliable rainfall to provide everything it needs.
If the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing or is blowing too hard, the other collecting systems do not produce electricity and therefore need backups. These are mainly coal-fired with some gas-fired. Since they are both fossil fuels, they are belittled and opposed by the green mindset to the point that some are closed by states and others threatened with closure are not adequately maintained.
The current crisis stems from the obstinate rush for “renewables” without regard for the unintended consequences.
We should not be fooled by the proposed storage systems. The world’s largest battery proposed to replace the output of a power plant would do so in just minutes. Hydrogen has a molecular weight of two, is prone to leakage and has a low energy content.
The least worst carbon dioxide-free energy generator is nuclear.
Michael Lane, St Ives, NSW
It has not been transparent or accountable in its decision-making. What is needed is a publicly available infrastructure plan that justifies the projects and their timing.
The Canberra community could then consider the rationale for why projects such as light rail are considered higher priorities than alternatives such as housing, health care, football stadiums and conference centers.
A move downtown by the ACT Liberal Party and the rise of local green-blue independents would pressure the increasingly tired, lazy and arrogant Barr administration to improve its governance.
The ACT has one senator for every 220,000 people. Australia has an average of one senator for every 340,000 inhabitants.
If the population of the rest of Australia were as well represented in the Senate as the Canberrans, we would have to increase the number of senators outside the ACT from 74 to 118.
Several correspondents, most recently David Purnell (Letters, June 16) argue that the ACT should have more than two senators.
That would exacerbate the ACT’s over-representation in the Senate.
Australia may have entered a period after the recent federal election with a “sensible centrism” of the right-wing and left-wing variety that is actually working to pass at least some overdue and necessary reforms.
The new federal government, combined with the current cohort of state prime ministers, really seems to have the real potential to make a real difference over the next three years.
A combination of political energy, policy intelligence and cooperative inclination has taken the place of what had become arguably one of Australia’s most counterproductive governments, despite the success of elements of the response to COVID.
The challenge now is to squeeze all the value we can out of centrism, from enhanced productivity to value-added and more things to achieve sustainability, health, housing, the indigenous divide and much, much more.
It will, of course, take more than the current variety of centrism to drive the scale of change needed in Australia to approach the sub-optimal performance, inefficiencies, inequalities and injustices embedded in our economy and society.
The final challenge of the next three years is for the Greens, Teals and Independents, along with members of the major parties, to build momentum for the more ambitious policies needed to drive bigger reforms in the next and the next and the next. next term to stimulate the government.
Stewart Sweeney, Adelaide, SA
As someone who has been against the culling of kangaroos since I first heard about it (since 2016), every winter I felt overwhelmed with hopelessness over the fact that I had hundreds of gallons of water in the reserves for 2019 and 2020 with the same rose. are now destroyed in the cold of the night.
Every night when 6:00 pm comes, I take a moment to think about the rose and hope that some of them can escape.
This cull is hugely traumatic for the rose, with their gang structures decimated and orphaned joeys left to die from the elements. But this cull is also traumatic for me and all the animal lovers I know.
We will always remember this trauma.
Young women look to the media and your coverage of these trials to decide whether or not to come forward with their own stories.
I felt like the headline was downplaying a very serious issue. I expect better from The Canberra Times†
I edited your headline for you: “Supposed rape victim is traumatized and emotional in her own rape case”.
It’s reassuring to learn that complex systems science and thinking are being used effectively to address major economic and social upheavals and help business overcome challenges, and that it can be done in plain English (“Don’t give up systems thinking.” “. yet”, canberratimes.com.au, June 16).
By comparison, CIT appears to have been sold a series of slang words designed to create both a false sense of security in the minds of the main payers and leadership group, as well as silence from those lower down who likely had qualms about more rounds of human resource development craze and fantasy.
The costs of not turning off this financing tap go far beyond the financial and reputational damage done so far.
The Israeli court ruling against Mohammed El Halabi is devastating. The accused, former Gaza director of the international organization World Vision, has been in custody for six years.
Israel keeps its so-called evidence secret, while independent forensic assessments of World Vision activities show that the allegations of fraud and terrorism are completely unfounded.
The court proceedings took place in Beersheba, where 2017 marked the centenary of the World War I Battle of Beersheba and the famous attack on the Australian light horse.
The then prime ministers, Turnbull and Netanyahu, applauded each other.
No Palestinians were invited to the ceremony. Israel did not exist in 1917, the country was called Palestine.
This is how Israel works – denying the existence of millions of Palestinians.
The treatment of the innocent Mohammed El Halibi is outrageous.
The Australian government must protest on his behalf and take firm action against Israel’s continued acts of injustice and cruelty.
How the wheels of history have turned. We are now building military ties with Japan, the only country to have bombed Australia.
Rod Matthews, Melbourne, Victoria
Ex-Liberal Hugh Crawford (Letters, June 15) says Zed did not represent his voters. But the 70,000 people who voted for him thought so.
As I walked through Commonwealth Park and along Kings Avenue, I was amazed at the number of rabbits grazing on the lawns. Do they not pose a major threat to the Floriade displays?
Martin Butterfield, Civic
With regard to Peter Moran and others on herd immunity (Letters, June 15), Sweden went for herd immunity and had 1,874.87 deaths per million. The UK, which has had countless lockdowns, has had 2,632.26 deaths per million. Do the math and obey the science.
FACIAL RECOGNITION DEFAULT
A memo to all organizations thinking about using facial recognition security systems. Think again. They won’t be of much use to anyone until customers stop using masks.
It is therefore recommended to wear warm clothes on these cold days to save energy. Gosh, what a new idea. The days of dressing to a ridiculously wasteful thermostat setting should really be behind us. A lasting reduction of energy waste must become a top priority.
I read the “Decriminalization Defended” letter (Letters, June 17) and realize that the people behind the decriminalization of ice cream struggle with worthless justifications like “…forbidden fruit attracts some personality types to drugs…” Really? I’m not convinced.
In response to Douglas McKenzie (Letters, June 17), you can always use hot spells as clear evidence of global warming, and cold spells as plain old-fashioned weather variability, especially if you want to push a certain point of view from impartiality.
The “small” government philosophy, including the sale of utilities such as power, is paying off – for the new owners.
Minister Rattenbury has repeatedly boasted that the ACT has 100 percent renewable electricity. So why is Canberrans being asked to use it sparingly due to reduced supply due to the high cost and reduced availability of coal and gas? I’m sure the price of sunlight and wind hasn’t gone up lately.
I am confused. Commentators are holding David Pocock in brackets with the Greens to give Labor a majority in the Senate with his vote. I thought Pocock was an Independent?