Letters to the Editor: Monday, October 9, 2017

A.R. Trounson from Needles has a number of questions for Health Minister Michael Ferguson about medicinal cannabis including its side effects and modifications.
A.R. Trounson from Needles has a number of questions for Health Minister Michael Ferguson about medicinal cannabis including its side effects and modifications.


I HAVE some questions for Health Minister Michael Ferguson, who endorses the Restricted Access Scheme for medicinal cannabis.

Mr Ferguson, name one active ingredient contained in cannabis that offers pain relief.

Have medical authorities removed all the tetrahydrocannabinol, or left just enough in to get the kiddies stoned or give false hope to cancer patients? Does medicinal cannabis work for all types of pain? Will panadol, panamax, panadeine and so on be replaced by cannadol, cannamax and cannadeine?

Will medicinal cannabis come in liquid form and replace liquid morphine?

What are the long-term side effects?

We all know that the THC is a mind drug (hallucinogenic, but what you’re not telling the public is what elements are left in the natural plant once the THC is removed?

Finally, just what modifications have been done to the plant and have they added any man-made synthetic chemicals to it?

A.R. Trounson, Needles.


ELECTRICITY power generation in south eastern Australia is largely managed by a trilogy of public companies.

They are AGL, Energy Australia and Origin Energy. As for all public companies it is their management’s responsibility to maximise profit in order to return a dividend to the company’s shareholders, pay themselves (often far too handsomely) and pay the company’s employees. 

AGL have foreshadowed closing the Liddell coal fired power station, located in NSW, by 2022. This will result in an annual 1000Mw deficit of electricity to the national grid. AGL don’t want to build a new coal fired power station (10 years lead time) nor do they wish to refurbish, at great expense, a power station that is at its life’s end.

None of the other power players want to build a new coal fired power station either.

Given the nature of free markets and supply-side economics, it is in the interests of the electricity power companies not to supply too much power that would otherwise drive free market prices downward.

The federal government need to ensure that an adequate supply of electric power at affordable prices is assured. If for no other reason than their own survival.

“Houston - we have a problem”.

That problem is not from “the enemy outside the gates”, in this case the Federal opposition. It’s “the enemy from within”, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, National Party Leader Barnaby Joyce and their coal mining cronies. What to do?

Ross Robbins, Trevallyn.

North Korea

THE WEST continually scolds China for not doing enough in relation to North Korea’s missiles, that in my opinion is actually China’s missile program. Such action, absolving them, China, from any criticism for doing so, having shown the world in recent years of their participation in some moves towards democratic principles and perhaps they can’t be blamed for doing so, virtually surrounded by US missile sites throughout  Europe and many other Eastern European countries.

North Korea know that the US dare not use their missiles because of South Korea’s close proximity and the ensuing massive loss of life and as for a military option they really need to remember their Korean failure in the ‘50s followed by the Vietnamese experience in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Don Davey, Launceston.

Las vegas versus Chicago

FIVE hundred and nineteen gun deaths in Chicago so far this year.

In fact, Chicago had 59 gun deaths just last month with the toughest "gun control laws" in the US. This is simply an average month in the Windy City. 

Bleeding heart politicians and lefty media hacks with their knee jerk "gun control" cries are certainly not the answer.

Jack Sonnemann, Lucaston.