Readers are evenly divided on whether we should allow seaplanes to land on Lake Burley Griffin, according to last week’s poll.
Sydney Seaplanes, which operated a test flight last December, is proposing four daily services between Rose Bay and Canberra, two of which would land on and take off from the lake, tying up at the dock near the National Museum of Australia.
Opponents like the Lake Burley Griffin Guardians say that such a service would set a precedent that would undermine the original intention of the lake.
We asked Should we allow seaplanes to land on Lake Burley Griffin? A total of 833 people responded and votes were almost evenly divided on the topic.
Your choices were to vote No, let’s keep the Lake peaceful and quiet. These options attracted 49 per cent of the total, or 408 votes. Alternatively, you could choose Yes, it’s a fun idea that will enliven the Lake. This attracted 51 per cent of the total, or 425 votes.
This week, we’re wondering what you think about Zed Seselja’s decision to prevent the ACT from being included in a bill that would restore territory rights to vote on matters including voluntary assisted dying.
When outgoing Coalition Senator for the Northern Territory Sam McMahon announced her intention to introduce a private member’s bill that would reinstate territory rights to legislate on the issue, she originally tried to include the ACT, but Senator Seselja indicated “he wasn’t keen to do that”.
The Howard Government stripped both the ACT and Northern Territory of the right under the Euthanasia Laws Act 1997.
The position puts him at odds with the majority of the ACT’s local politicians: ACT Labor and Greens politicians, and Opposition Leader Elizabeth Lee on behalf of the Canberra Liberals, all signed a letter to all Australian MPs and Senators alerting them to the Legislative Assembly’s unanimous motion calling for the Assembly’s ability to legislate on voluntary assisted dying to be restored.
But is it Senator Seselja’s responsibility to enact the wishes of the voters, or have they elected him on their behalf to make the best judgments he sees fit?
Oiled Pengu said: “He was voted in and has his own viewpoint. Why be upset? That is how democracy works. And no I did not vote for him but I respect the process.”
DB4 said: “In regards to euthanasia laws, our politicians must put their personal opinions aside and do what the people they represent want. Watching your parents die slowly and painfully is WRONG! Give us the choice over how we end our own lives.”
Janise Farrell wrote: “He doesn’t represent the ACT as a whole and it is highly likely that he doesn’t even represent the majority of Christians in the ACT on the issue of voluntary assisted dying. Survey after survey has shown high levels of support among Christians.”
Our question this week is: