Reader Philip Tobin asks how much damage has Pauline Hanson caused with her comments on vaccinations?
Reader Philip Tobin asks how much damage has Pauline Hanson caused with her comments on vaccinations?

We are not immune

PAULINE Hanson has admitted she was wrong about a vaccination test for our kids, a nice backflip on an area she clearly knows nothing about. One must question how much damage has she done from her irresponsible comments? Prevention and protection through immunisation programs are way better option than contracting any disease and even if there a few minor reactions, immunisations prevent millions of deaths every year.

If a child shows a reaction to a vaccination these are generally mild and short-lived. The decision to immunise or not rests with individual parents not with politicians who provide incorrect advice. Ms Hanson, after all, made the decision to have her kids immunised. My kids have been immunised and are better for it and as for the belief that because there is no current disease of that type around and “we don’t need to immunise” is a dangerous comment.  The world is a small place now with air travel commonplace creating the risk of disease spread. Come on Pauline get it right.

Philip Tobin, Breona.

Gas Crisis

CLEARLY the looming gas crisis is mainly due to interference by politicians concerned only they will win at the next election. Nether side of politics can win with Australia the certain loser.  Nor will it help to seek advice from those with vested interests like industries associated with fossil fuels, renewable energy and climate science. I'm sure the pub test wouldn't either.

Gordon Thurlow, Launceston.

Childhood Obesity

WITH ALL the talk of a childhood obesity epidemic, I find it appalling that a Launceston primary school had decided to run a fundraiser for their school selling a popular brand of doughnuts. I am a little perplexed as to why this school would choose to fund-raise this way when they should be concentrating on educating children on a healthy eating regime.

Gaynor Dillon, Kings Meadows.

Police Evasion

I’M SURE the majority of drivers after reading The Examiner’s lead story on March 4 will agree that is past time there is to be a crackdown on those drivers who attempt to evade police after illegal activity. The evasion offence list should also include those drivers who scrape paint backgrounds off their car number plates, making them difficult to read.

It seems quite obvious that the reason behind this is the probability that they have every intention of  committing a driving, or even criminal offence and they don’t wish to be identified. This type of number plate obliteration appears to be more prevalent than many other offences of a minor nature.

Bill Carney, Riverside.


THE GOVERNANCE problem with TasWater has been addressed by Premier Will Hodgman. Here the problem is resource management and provision, and it comes in the form of a fragmented, and inefficient, 29 council-run system. By addressing provision (that is infrastructure concerns) the government is demonstrating a form of leadership. The result is taking ownership of the problem, some would consider it responsible government.

Mr Hodgman’s agenda is relevant and appropriate. His focus is to fix infrastructure problems within five years instead of 10. Further, the agenda comes with two big pluses; cheaper water for consumers, and eliminating unnecessary increases in council rates.

The focus of this agenda is seen as a form of good governance, and it includes addressing cost related concerns. Some may question Mr Hodgman’s approach. The key to the justification is providing high quality resource provision, and as a result, protecting Tasmania’s brand globally.

Paris Shacklock, Devonport.