Letters to the editor, July 14, 2018: Your say on political power, donations reform, and church sales

John R. Conway, of Riverside, has something to ask of the state's politicians.
John R. Conway, of Riverside, has something to ask of the state's politicians.

Plea to Politicians

THIS is a letter to all Tasmanian politicians, regardless of which party they belong to.

For just once, will you all get together along with appropriate bureaucrats and find the best health system operating somewhere on our planet.

It’s out there somewhere, but there has to be a better system than the one long-suffering Tasmanians have been putting up with for years.

Tasmanians are dying for the want of a health system that will at least provide beds for patients too ill to go home.

A search by computer and phone will find a health system that at least works.

There is no need to load up a plane with pollies and senior public servants to go on a six-week fact finding jaunt around the world.

It can be done very simply from Hobart.

And when you find the system (which you will) don’t play around with it for two or three years, don’t alter it.

Just put it immediately into play, it will be better than what we have now so it won’t be broken.

Don’t try to fix it.

You find money for many things, football and Dark Mofo to name just two, find money to fix our health system and save Tasmanian lives.

If you all work together, you will not only get votes, but also respect from Tasmanians.

John R. Conway, Riverside.


JOHN Denne (Letters, The Examiner, June 27) attempts to justify the indiscriminate and unprovoked attacks on the early men, women and children settlers.

This, and the wars between the nine early tribes, are typical of actions around the world 200 years ago where slavery, brutal treatment of convicts by the British and many other events would not be condoned today.

But we have all moved on with the descendants of the first Tasmanians and those early settlers enjoying the benefits of civilisation.

To promote a victim culture based on what happened to ancestors 200 years ago is a very negative attitude.

So one must question if those supporting the mantra espoused by John Denne really want to live harmoniously in Tasmanian society. 

Do they genuinely want reconciliation?

John Coulson, Dilston.

Christian values

WE don’t need to be Christian to be good or speak the truth, and the decision regarding abortion is not your decision to make Jack Sonnemann (Letters, The Examiner, June 28).

I understand the message of the upside down crosses to be the people’s outrage, Christian and non-Christian alike, toward the outrageous abuse of power continually perpetrated by Christian heirarchy.

Jesus would be turning over many a table in the ever-so-humble towers of church and state were he walking with us today.

He was there in spirit along with many people of every faith and culture with Mike Parr, the man entombed under the Hobart street.

Perhaps if you stepped down off that holier-than-thou pedestal, Mr Sonnemann, and listened to what Mike Parr has to say you may remember similar messages Jesus tried to convey 2000 years ago, or Gandhi, Diana, Martin Luther King Jnr, Nelson Mandela and every other mere mortal humanitarian whoever walked this earth.

Or is it just too close to home?

The sanctimonious and the powers that be in church and state didn’t want to listen 2000 years ago.

“They’re not listening still, perhaps they never will.”

Or perhaps some day soon they will listen, search their conscience and find the humanity within.

Deb Johnston-Andrews, Newnham.

Church sales

WHILE no-one, not even M. Scott (Letters, The Examiner, July 1) has the answers regarding the sale of church properties it is very disingenuous to dismiss the Archbishop as a "mainlander" and therefore unable to do the right thing.

The right thing is to make reparations for the sins of clergy and laity past and if selling grossly underused and expensive to maintain buildings, then so be it, as the majority of Synod voted.

Annette James, Beauty Point.

Women’s rights

ALL power to Enid Denman of Beauty Point for her letter (The Examiner, June 25).

It is disgusting that any woman should have her destiny decided in such a sexist way. And, just when is there going to a level playing field with a removal of tax on women's sanitary items? Condoms aren't taxed so just why should items that are essential to all pre-menopausal women be taxed? Come on government.

Richard Hill, Newstead.

Donations to parties

THERE has been much controversy over donations to political parties either being seen to influence, or actually influencing, the decision making, especially in the run-up to elections.

Solution: don't accept any donations, put out a policy pamphlet we can all read and a basic budget spreadsheet showing incomings and outgoings and where the money is coming from to finance promised policies. Save a lot of money, no negativity (which bores us all and means nothing), and we can judge for ourselves if the party can actually afford to cover those things they promise and with which they hope to win an election.

Dianne Scetrine, East Launceston.

Dark Mofo

DARK Mofo is dark as it is at the winter solstice. Bringing Australia's southern-most city alive at this time of year is pure genius. It is the inverse of summer and Christmas ritual. The upside down crosses are symbolic not demonic. No one is harmed. Dark Christianity is another matter, as recent history demonstrates.

Tony Newport, Hillwood.