Letters to the editor | December 5, 2017

A file photo of swift parrots at Tasmania Zoo.
A file photo of swift parrots at Tasmania Zoo.

Swift Parrots

TEN years of research into the critically endangered swift parrot by scientist Dejan Stojanovic, was destroyed along with nesting trees these birds rely on to survive as a species, at Tylers Hill near Dover.

Apparently the “sustainable” in Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) does not apply to this rare species.

But it’s OK. The forest coupe was “legally” logged and jobs were created out of the destruction of this known critical habitat.

Elsa de Ruyter, St Helens.

Don Burke

LISTENING to the hordes speaking up against Don Burke, just think for a minute about what you are doing.

What about his mental health? Is this revenge for evil deeds of the past?

What is the difference between what you are doing now and what you accused him of doing? It’s still harassment, it’s still denigration, it’s trial by the mob.

Robert Stephens, Summerhill.

Christmas Trade

I WAS so pleased to go into a locally owned bookshop this week, and find them rushed off their feet and doing a roaring trade. How nice it is to see people buying locally.

Christine Best, Trevallyn.

Citizen of Australia

THERE is very simple answer to the inherited dual citizenship: as people take Australian citizenship, swearing allegiance to the Queen of Australia, it should require that they also renounce citizenship of their country of birth, thus becoming truly Australian.

No more country of origin rights/entitlements, such as passports and pensions etc. I realise that, that might cause heartache to some, but I believe that when one takes citizenship of Australia, it should automatically sever ties with country of origin.

I believed I was an Australian, because I became an Australian citizen. I therefore believe, I should be eligible to stand for the Parliament of Australia as a committed Australian. If this not so, then what is the point of taking citizenship? Australian citizenship is it would seem, a quagmire.

Further, I believe as some of you letter writers have said, if one is born in Australia that alone should be sufficient to allow them all the rights of … well probably Aboriginal Australians, as most white Australians have foreign lineage. 

Mary T. Bates, Exeter.

Open heart

ATHEISTS, agnostics and believers around the world celebrate equality, love and diversity with the overwhelming majority of Australians. 

November 15, 2017 we wept tears of sadness, anger, joy and hope. Sadness and anger that this same-sex marriage plebiscite wasn’t a marriage equality referendum. Genuine equality does not need to be voted on, which is the reason I chose not to vote. For too many years every abuse known to planet earth inflicted upon LGBTIQ Australians and around the world for simply having the audacity to not be born heterosexual.  Joy for the resounding yes to same-sex marriage. (Renewed) hope for the future of humanity, which came with the overwhelming ‘yes’.

Every road block possible has been placed along the journey to set genuine marriage equality in law here in Australia.

Lovingly nurtured in the Christian faith I live in hope our predominantly Christian parliament will be in the near future, with an open heart, respect in full the human rights of every Australian and make marriage equal in law. 

I live in hope our predominantly Christian parliament stops pandering to the prejudices of the 1930/’40s and starts listening to humanity 2017, because not one of us can thrive in half-hearted equality, where only some of us are equal.

Deb Johnston-Andrews, Newnham.

Water Bores

WHILE skimming through The Examiner my eyes caught the words “water bores” and I naturally thought of two outstanding examples, being Peter Gutwein and Miles Hampton who are at loggerheads over our water supply.

On further reading it turned out to be about drilling for water, although I believe the premise still stands.

Ron Baines, Kings Meadows.

Tamar Highway

I HAVE just received the West Tamar Council Beacon newsletter to residents, which promotes the councillors and mayor and all the wonderful things they have achieved, but not one word regarding the state of the West Tamar Highway.

Some 50 patches have just been placed on the road in the left-hand lane leading south from Beaconsfield to Exeter. The size of the patches range from 2 metres in width to 50 metres long.

It is fact becoming a joke when the only way into the Beaconsfield mine and Heritage Centre is the “highway to hell”.

Surely the ratepayers should be kept informed as to what action the West Tamar Council has done in the past and intends to do in the future regarding the state of the road. There is a state and federal election coming in the next 12 months.

Bob Fitz, Riverside.

Asylum Seekers

ANNE Brelsford (The Examiner, December 3) expressed great concern regarding the 600 male refugees located on Manus Island.

A question directed to Ms Brelsford statement is that, among all the terror and violence that has and is evidently prevalent in the country by which the refugees have fled, why must the female members of the refugees be left behind?

This topic alone challenges the ideas and assumptions inflicted onto the refugees community.

Am I correct in acknowledging that the majority of the 600 men are not ‘genuine’ and are nothing more than ‘queue jumpers’ and ‘economical asylum seekers’ who rely solely on people smugglers in order to enter Australia illegally?

Darrell Matthews, Launceston.