Short Takes Saturday March 17 2018

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FAIRFAX economistRoss Gittins, as speaker at the Newcastle Institute, gave a good explanation of how lobby groups influence governments and how the community interest often comes secondary. Now we hear that Minister Dutton is talking with the gun lobby in order to gain feedback. A bit like Trump asking the NRA for advice.And just the other week we were patting ourselves on the back after yet another massacre outrage in USA.Well, Malcolm?

Tony Sullivan,Adamstown HeightsWITHNewcastle taken off global Sydney’s rail network, removing it fromthe nation’s leadingdistance passenger trunk rail corridor, after decades of policyneglect, we should be thankful we’re getting seatsat allon our new but stillthird-world speed”intercities”, which are due tostart rolling, only just, at the end of next year. Say it again Sam: Newcastle – smart city.

Graeme Tychsen,Rankin ParkTONY Morley says that Jeff Corbett is giving a voice to what “most people think” (Short Takes, 15/3), but what are you basing that on? How could you possibly have any idea what most people think? You also said Mr Corbett’s critics are “wowsers”, but I think Jeff is rather narrow-minded with his views.I would suggest that he and his supporters are the real wowsers.

Adz Carter,NewcastleDON’T worry Jan Caine (Short Takes 15/3),the goal posts at Grange Oval will be back up soon after some tender loving care so that the Wallsend Maryland Tigers can roar again for another season. I hope I see you down on the hill cheering them on.After over 20 years filming every game of my three sons, the 27-year-old youngesthas finally retired. I was hoping to put my feet up, but alas my beautiful daughter-in-law has thrown a spanner it the works by signing up my granddaughter to the under 6s.

Gregory Grey, MarylandCHECKED state parliament and there’s our Scot Macdonald, talking about Wickham’s $660 million new station makeover andthe Newcastle light rail. YesMr Mac, you’ve removed a train that used to take my family Maitland to Newcastle Station in less than 45 minutes. Let’s compare the figures – Hunter Expressway, $1.7 billionfor 40km of road, or$660 million for 2.7km of light rail and a station. Where’s the value for money?

Garry Blair,MaitlandJOHN Fear (Letters 15/3), I fear you are simply a Newcastle East Ender having a whinge because things are not to your liking. The business people are an integral part of inner city Newcastle andthe main income of most coffee shops operating there.

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