Letters to the editor

Peter Godfrey, of Kelso, says he suspects the majority of Australians want the government to get on with making a decision about same-sex marriage.

Peter Godfrey, of Kelso, says he suspects the majority of Australians want the government to get on with making a decision about same-sex marriage.


THE statement by the gay and lesbian community that the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage may be true but it may not be.

There has not been any meaningful examination of  the majority of Australian to test the view either way, that is what a plebiscite will do.

Also remember a plebiscite result can be ignored by the government.

I suspect that the the majority of Australians just do not care one way or the other, do not want to be involved in other's private lives and want the government to get on with making a decision.

Plebiscites and referenda can be dangerous things as those who are not particularly interested in a topic are forced to think about it and make a decision.

The example of the British people's vote on Brexit should be a salutary example and a case of, be careful what you wish for, it may not come true.

Peter Godfrey, Kelso.


THE fact that there are many transitional fossils that support Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, may well be news to John Fry (The Examiner, September 11), but it is certainly not news to the world’s scientists.

While creation ‘scientists’ may be impervious to evidence not consistent with their religious ideology, the world’s real scientific community of palaeontologists, biologists, geneticists and so on, actually understand evolution by natural selection.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

David Tyler.


HOW long can our federal and state members continue to throw buckets of taxpayer funds to the University of Tasmania following the reported drop-out of 42.46 per cent?

Senator Birmingham has to act by clearly demonstrating to the broader community that UTAS’s level of governance and accountability is unacceptable.

The minister must investigate all options, including the possibility of the Northern campus forging links with mainland universities, thus becoming independent of Hobart.

Ian J.N. Routley, West Launceston.

Inner-city parking

OUR job in promoting Launceston as a vibrant city open for business sometimes seems like pushing stuff uphill with a fork.

I had meeting last Tuesday night that finished just before 7pm. When I got to the Paterson Street East car park, it was shut up tight.

There's a new sign showing closing time Monday to Wednesday at 6pm and midnight other nights.

My recollection is that the closing time was previously 7pm – certainly, I’ve never had my car locked in before and I rarely leave before 6pm. There was perhaps some justification for limiting opening hours when the car park was actually staffed by real people. However, now there are pay machines and no people, there is no rational reason for locking the place up at all - let alone at 6pm.

I could see my car and at least four others on the ground level - and who knows how many on other levels.  There is a $50 call out fee to liberate a car - and goodness only knows how long you'd wait for the sheriff to come. I ended up catching a cab home. Who knows what conniptions the new machines will have when I present my ticket there later today and it shows I have been parked there for two days?

Time to get real, council. Launceston is a major regional city and it does not magically shut down at 6pm three nights a week.

There were full restaurants in George Street, and many people out and about.   This will only increase as the weather warms up. This is insane.

Jan Davis, Launceston.

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