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When it comes to grumpy, what really irritates me…  

When CLIVE WILLIAMS analysed the things that irritated him he found most of his gripes could be grouped under a few headings: doubtful art, discourteous behaviour, unsympathetic building development, poor use of English and a couple of contemporary issues.  

Letters / 30 years on, the waterfront plan’s an ‘old lemon’

Letter writer JACK KERSHAW calls for the tram to Woden to be re-routed.

Talking points taking over the planning debates

"Those in the know wondered whether the 45 groups listed as members of the Conservation Council knew that their names were being used to support the work to destroy West Basin’s ecology and biodiversity," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN. 

Why caring landlords deserve some good press 

More than ever during covid, the role and responsibility of landlords in ensuring all Australians have a safe, affordable and secure place to call home has been under the microscope, writes MICHELLE TYNAN.

The stakes are getting high now the election’s done

THE tomato plants of Canberra have clarity and the real prospect of a productive future now the ACT election has ended, says "Seven Days" columnist IAN MEIKLE.

Perpetual government will fail democracy

"If the Liberal Party doesn't find some way to form an alliance with a credible territory-wide minor party or high-profile and electable independents then it's highly likely the Labor/Greens coalition will govern for many years to come," writes columnist JON STANHOPE.  

GPs are the key to ACT health recovery

"The next ACT government must become more strategic with health funding. Investment must be based on getting the best bang for every valuable health dollar," says Dr ANTONIO Di DIO, president, Australian Medical Association (ACT). 

Pressure on when the population pie starts to shrink

ClubsACT CEO GWYN REES traces the ACT's population drift to the onset of high government taxes.

How politicians have deserted climate change

"In the most critical threat we have ever confronted – climate change – our federal politicians have thrown down their weapons and run from the battlefield," writes "The Gadfly" columnist ROBERT MACKLIN.

Labor flags as wild cards make a run for the line

"Has the same complacency that has plagued Labor in government followed them into the election campaign? It seems to me that this time around the Labor campaign lacks drive. There is a sense below all the hype that they have almost given up," writes political columnist MICHAEL MOORE. 

Letters / Canberra can survive a change of government

Andrew Barr is unpopular, Alistair Coe is of a lower profile but that is not a disqualification. History is full of new leaders proving their opponents wrong, says letter writer MARTIN GORDON, of Dunlop.

Why West Basin’s worth a wander

"By trashing West Basin, the Labor/Greens government is considering the benefits for the developer lobby, not the benefits of climate change; open, green parkland; biodiversity and a peaceful lakeside haven," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

It’s that time for dirty tricks and shady tactics 

Shifty moves and politicians getting their sticky hands into your privacy colour this week's "Seven Days" with IAN MEIKLE. 

Election excitement: Coe appears without a tie!

"Even though I would count myself as someone who watches politics closely, this election has been a hard slog." Nothing to see here, says "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN has worked out why women got a raw deal in the federal Budget...

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Who'd be in small business, muses cartoonist PAUL DORIN...

Why won’t this deaf government listen to people? 

"This government rarely responds to the issues raised by residents – except to ignore or deflect them and to pretend that people have been consulted – as opposed to being told what is to happen and that it is not negotiable," writes "Canberra Matters" columnist PAUL COSTIGAN.

Grumpy / How Canberra was ‘sold’ to developers

Prominent architect JACK KERSHAW, of Kambah, is grumpy about the way town planning is being overlooked in the nation's capital. 

Letters / West Basin spin confuses public consultation

"Regardless of the West Basin infill, the apartment estate can still be stopped," says letter writer JULIET RAMSAY, of the Lake Burley Griffin Guardians.

Cartoon / Dose of Dorin

Cartoonist PAUL DORIN shares the taxpayer's lament...





Notable Australians protest War Memorial plans

MORE than 70 notable Australians have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister in support of the Australian Heritage Council and opposing the $498m Australian War Memorial redevelopment.


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