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An introduction to AN ACT OPINION from the author

Posted on: 29 August 2012

Don Allan OAM, ATRI (Fellow) Rtd.,
17 The Pines Avenue, Sundown Village, Narrabundah, ACT 2604
Telephone: (612) 02 6239 7919 Mob: 0409 308 410
e-mail:; web:

A belief that has helped sustain me through life is: you’re never too old to accept new challenges. My new column An ACT Opinion on, starting Wednesday 29th August, is one such challenge that, hopefully, will be as successful as my nineteen years of columns in The Chronicle. However, taking up new challenges, even minor ones, can be costly, which is why many challengers, like myself, are forced to seek donations.

Let me say immediately that An ACT Opinion is not some quixotic fantasy or the seeking of fame or fortune, but a serious effort to help keep the flame of free speech and democracy alight in Canberra.

Sadly, trying to meet the expenses involved in producing the column on an age pension will not be possible unless I can recoup the loss of the small payment I received for my Chronicle columns.

So it is my hope that 100 Canberrans who, like me, believe free speech is necessary to keep a community informed so that the values, ethics and morals we live by in our democracy will not gradually deteriorate, will support me with a modest donation of $50 (96 cents per week).

I am heartened by the fact that many of the small number of people already contacted have made donations. I hope you can too.

A plus for donors is that they can contribute columns of approximately 500 – 1000 words to An ACT Opinion on a wide variety of subjects, for example, Art, science, education et al, with the option of non-attribution. Short contributions of not more than two hundred words will be welcomed from non – donors. On some occasions, contributions might be edited to avoid legal problems

Thank you.
Yours sincerely,
Don Allan OAM

Donation can be made by any of the following methods
1 Cash or cheque to the above address:
2 Electronic funds transfer (telephone for details)
All donations will be acknowledged.

The first An ACT Opinion column will be published Friday, August 31st.


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