Shame on you, Minister Vassarotti. Shame. Shame. Shame.

One of reader Sonia Cottee’s photos showing trails of blood left by injured and dying kangaroos on Red Hill.

Reader SONIA COTTÉE, from Red Hill, is very, very angry with the Minister of the Environment. And she’s not afraid to tell him.

Dear Minister Vassarotti, After 10 days on the highway, today I returned to my daily walk to Red Hill.

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The calm and serenity of my walk was shattered beyond belief when I came across the BLOODY EVIDENCE left by injured kangaroos during your so-called “humane slaughter”. I am shocked, disgusted and appalled by what I have seen.

I read two letters to the editor published in “CityNews” (June 23) describing the horrors of the kangaroo slaughter on Red Hill. I couldn’t believe I was reading about such cruelty in my neighborhood.

Do you really employ people to come and wash away the trails of blood left by injured and dying kangaroos? If you are, the attached photos show there are areas they have forgotten. The bloody evidence is sickening. SHAME ON YOU. SHAME. SHAME. SHAME.

This cruelty must stop – NOW.

Your absolute disgust.

Sonia Cottee, Red Hill

The rights of kangaroos as sentient beings

THE ACT government introduced a bill in 2019 to legislate on animals as sentient beings. He also introduced a wide range of reforms to strengthen animal welfare laws. Under these conditions, is it not time to apply it to the kangaroos that are slaughtered each year?

The ACT community highly values ​​animals and science tells us that animals are sentient, feel emotions and pain and this is now recognized by law.

We then have no doubt that shooting thousands of Canberra kangaroos day after day during the months of May, June, July affects this entire population of beings.

It states that we have a duty to take care of the mental and physical well-being of animals.

So there you have it, the law has spoken.

Alex Kuch, via email

So tell us, how did the CIT board of directors lose its moral compass?

Given CIT’s ongoing integrity and funding debacle (“‘Stan’ Steel stumbles into ‘another beautiful mess'”, “Seven Days”, CN June 30), it is reassuring to find that the “CEO of CIT with the Chairman of the Board of Directors meets regularly with the Minister in charge of competences and representatives of the government departments of the ACT.” (CIT Annual Report 2021, page 28).

The minutes of these meetings should reveal the extent to which the Minister’s official notification of concern 15 months ago about a particular CIT contract with a company of Patrick Hollingworth was followed up and monitored in subsequent meetings and in how willing the CEO and Chairman of the Board were to receive additional funding. the same direction at later dates.

The annual report also talks about processes such as CIT’s new “strategic compass 2025”, but does not indicate the external inputs for this claimed transformative approach and what has been gained and lost so far from the different series of “sessions weeks” staff endured to “understand the new perspective of dealing with increased complexity in our work and the industries and community we serve”.

Hopefully ongoing investigations will shed some light on the links between troublesome contracts and the development and implementation of this strategy and all that flows from it.

The 2022 report should avoid embossed words, and buttress claims about “transformative work through our ‘evolving together’ approach to understanding the complexities of the CIT system” and avoid blithely repeating a key stated achievement of 2021: “enhancing capacity management through continuous transformation work with the management team” (page 20).

Given the lack of lucidity and transparency to date on all of these issues, the next CIT annual report may also need to include a special chapter on how and why the CEO and Board of Directors have lost their moral compass these last years.

Sue DyerDowner

How Steel Could Save Us Billions!

Complexity thinker Patrick Hollingworth’s message is simple: adapt to change or fail. If Mr. Steel, as Minister of Transport, followed this advice, he could save us billions in taxpayer dollars.

With the manufacture of increasingly high-tech electric buses in Australia, the tram from Spain has become superfluous. The same is true for high-density housing that produces the urban heat island effect.

The resulting heavy use of air conditioning results in high energy consumption, and for those who cannot afford it or who work outdoors, these temperatures can be fatal.

Could Mr. Steel please pay me $8 million for this important mentorship?

Robin Underwood, via citynews.com.au

Trade commissioners, a “waste of money”

THE media storm over the NSW government attempting to appoint John Barilaro as State Trade Commissioner in New York did not address the costs/benefits of States appointing their own overseas Trade Commissioners and paying for their interview with the money from state taxpayers.

Whether such positions are really necessary, besides providing largesse to ex-politicians and others, has not been addressed by the media.

The federal government already provides trade commissioners around the world and I believe, given my experience in the Trade Commissioners and Trade Promotion Branch in the former Department of Trade and Industry, that such appointments are a waste of money, a view supported by my high-level contacts at DFAT and the Treasury.

It’s time to pressure state governments to justify this spending and explain the selection process used to determine these appointments that should be open to independent review.

Ric Hingee, Duffy

Moore ignores two telling facts

MICHAEL Moore’s enthusiasm for the election of Senator David Pocock (“Pocock’s job is to build trust for ‘all the people’”, CN June 22) ignores two revealing facts.

First, a comparison of the aggregate Senate primary votes received by Labour, Greens and Liberals in the ACT in the 2019 and 2022 elections shows that the Labor vote fell by 5.9 percentage points from 39.3% to 33.4%, the Greens 6.8% from 17.7% to 10.9% and the Liberals 7.5 percentage points, from 32.3% to 24.8%. Those votes largely shifted to Pocock who got 21.2% of the primary vote.

Rather than showing “an extraordinarily poor performance for the Liberal Party [Zed Seselja]“As Moore claims, it was a poor showing from all three major parties.

Second, this vote reversal, which resulted in the election of Pocock, was primarily the result of the “teal” bandwagon of climate action that lacked an implementation plan.

If Senator Pocock wants to “build trust”, he must first articulate a realistic energy policy instead of the default misinformation he was elected on, which ignored the long and costly task ahead to put in place. a low-emission electricity grid.

John L Smith, Farrer

Skeptics can count on Sky News

THE current climate change alarmists featured in CityNews continue to ignore the elephant, etc., undermining their reliance on ‘climate science’.

Luckily, we skeptics can count on the Sky News team to drive a media ‘bulldozer’ through their questionable ‘climate solutions’ which threaten to plunge us all into blackouts and financially unacceptable taxes and bills. !

Colin Blair, Curtin

Where is the climatic evidence?

DR Douglas Mackenzie (Letters, CN June 23) claims that a previous writer, Max Flint, gave a catalog of false and misleading claims about climate change.

Well, a lot of people are saying the same thing about those pushing renewables.

I think it’s time for climate change supporters to read Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences Ian Plimer, Australia’s best-known geologist, in “The Spectator” on June 18. A professor of geology, mining and ore deposits, he asked the scientists Dr Mackenzie wrote about, to provide evidence that climate change was caused by humans. To date, none have provided evidence.

How much of Australia do proponents of renewables want to cover with wind turbines and solar panels? The cost could be as close to the $10 billion that Dr. Mackenzie claims nuclear power plants will cost.

Then there is the elimination of turbines and solar panels. They must be buried and not recycled, and this is done every 15 to 20 years. So where are they all going? In the United States, it is too difficult to remove them, so they are left in situ, collapsing and withering the countryside.

Vi Evans, MacGregor

I was pointing out where he was wrong

MAX Flint (Letters, CN June 30) claimed that I had “disparaged” him. I was pointing out where he was wrong and what is the truth.

He continues to stray from the truth in his last epistle. Climatologists and other experts have known for decades that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels (coal, oil and its derivatives) initiated the process of global warming – now warming – 160 years ago, and continue to cause average global temperatures higher than ever before. -increasing rate. This rate is now about 100 times faster than at any time in the last ~1 million years.

Carbon dioxide is now joined by growing volumes of methane from melting Arctic permafrost sediments in warming oceans, our mountains of garbage, coal mining, and fugitive emissions from natural gas wells and grids. pipelines.

Mr. Flint also greatly exaggerates the warming influence of water vapor and clouds. As any meteorologist knows, both are too transient to have a longer-term influence on Earth’s climate.

Dr. Douglas Mackenzie, Deakin

When the bus wins over the car

Letter from RE Leon Arundell “Public transport emissions are a ‘myth’” (CN 23 June): A car emits 2.7 kg of emissions for a 10 km trip; and with an average load of 1.46 passengers, the emission per passenger (including the driver) is 2.7/1.46 kg or 1.85 kg.

Buses cause 2.5 kg of emissions per person for a 10 km journey. If the bus

carries 60 people, the emissions are the same, i.e. 2.5/60 or 0.04 kg of emissions per passenger. In fact, the emission per person decreases as the number of passengers increases.

The result of Transport Canberra is thus better than that of individual cars as soon as the number of passengers exceeds three, which is almost always the case, especially in the situation of daily journeys which is envisaged.

Jack PalmerWatson

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