Law needs reason

Katrina Williams’ letter (Letters, February 1) is strong on emotion but short on fact. She says she doesn’t know whether the judge or the law society is more wrong for the acquittal of James Cook, and she refers to the ACT’s "out of touch judges&q…

Liberties threatened

On Australia Day, when we proudly sing, "Australians all, let us rejoice, for we are young and free", we should also remember the Anti-terrorism (No2) Bill which was rushed through Federal Parliament on December 6.
Along with ma…

Zoo cruelty

For over five years, David Hicks has been confined for 23 to 24 hours a day in a single cell at Guantanamo Bay, deprived of human contact, natural light and fresh air.

Years ago, similar prison practices in Australia at Katin…

Evacuation a choice

I refer to Commissioner Dunn’s response (CT, January 5) to my letter regarding the power to evacuate property owners during a bushfire.
Commissioner Dunn acknowledges that the power to evacuate does "exist", but is "designed for a…

Right to fight for your home

I support the call by Lance Williamson (CT January 2): the Government should heed the McLeod Inquiry recommendation that property owners should have the right to remain and defend their property against fire, if they choose.
Such bodies…

Right to fight for your home

The Times’s editorial (December 30) contained some wise advice for property owners regarding fire management. It is a pity the law does not reflect that wisdom.
The McLeod Inquiry report on the 2003 bushfire recommended (R57) that property…