Ian Hunt writes: Why do we have calls for increasingly hostile relations with China, when there are no corresponding calls for hostility toward Saudi Arabia? Does this bias have anything to do with the long established influence of the US in Australia and the fact that the US appears to want hostile relations with China so that it can disrupt its economy and leading technologies in order to maintain US supremacy in the world economy?
Richard Shortt writes: Another example of governments, fearing the use of the toxic term tax, abrogating their responsibility to lead and to implement policies — even if they are unpopular — to help make our lives function better. Instead, they will rely on drivers self excluding because of wasted time. Drivers will either change their work hours, work place or opt for a public transport option when available. Some, if able, may even simply drop out of the workforce. Leadership means doing the tough calls as well as the feel good stuff, just staying in office is not leadership.
Mark Dunstone writes: The worry about congestion taxes on roads, and to a lesser extent the existing congestion costs, is that it treats roads as only an economic resource. But roads are public places and thoroughfares. Are we to allocate their use according to capacity to pay? Already we have motorists claiming a greater right to use roads over other users such as pedestrians and cyclists because the car and truck users “pay the tax” (and cause the damage).
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