THE federal government actively encouraged Australians to get immunised this year.
As a result of this PR exercise thousands more people did with the result that vaccine ran out.
People were also encouraged to delay their vaccinations to fully cover them for the peak flu season. We got our our son vaccinated about six weeks ago and were told to have a booster four weeks later.
We tried to get the booster filled from the chemist at that time, only to be told (by a dozen chemists), that they had run out and didn't know if they would be getting any more vaccine in again.
Surely this is a public health issue that needs to be addressed, particularly when the federal government pushed the public to be vaccinated.
Now there is no more vaccine available the government has gone quiet and seems to hope this issue goes away.
Obviously public health is only important for this government when they want to look good, without following through on their rhetoric. This is two votes they won't have next election.
Derek Newton, East Launceston.
A fundamental question
THE excellent letter from Mr and Mrs Robinson (The Examiner, July 8) underlines the fact that the Anglican Church of Australia has never been a democracy.
As in any other organisation it has the face economic reality that building maintenance is an increasingly costly business.
It has however, overlooked the fact that salvation cannot be purchased even with other people's money.
What does it profit the church if it gains the whole world but loses its soul?
Throwing away our heritage, robbing both themselves and the community at large of vital cultural assets will not solve the problem of dwindling congregations but actually increase the decline.
Removing the physical evidence of faith will extinguish the flames of hope and faith and darken our world.
It has been said, and mentioned by Kierkegaard, that God builds churches and the devil builds chapels.
Generations of mankind have built places in which to worship our Christian God paid for by their labour, faith and love.
These places hallowed by our forebears are an essential part of our cultural heritage and that which has been put together by a once greater faith in our creator ought not to be split asunder by priests or accountants.
Len Langan, Longford.
High School extension
THE state government is making a great deal of the grade 11-12 high school extension program.
In the interests of complete transparency and to gauge the success or otherwise of the program could we please have the uptake numbers for the past two years?
Specifically the enrolment and completion numbers for every school site involved should be published widely.
Word has it that some of the numbers have not been impressive. Surely this a matter of considerable public interest. I will wait with bated breath for the information to be published.
Ralph Marshall, Launceston.
IT PROBABLY was not understood when we signed the Paris Agreement that we are at a serious disadvantage to just about all other G20 countries as they are well populated and small compared to Australia.
We now know that injecting too much unreliable generators has serious consequences, which the others will not experience as they have robust networks not only internally but also to neighbouring countries.
Thus we should pull out from the agreement and offer to sign up to one with lesser emissions reductions to reflect our unique situation.
Gordon Thurlow, Launceston.
TELL people you're a Christian and they run a mile from you and are never seen again. Tell people you're a football fanatic and they are your friends for life, provided it's the same team, of course. From personal experience.
Malcolm Scott Newstead.
IT IS rather hard to call our federal government cruel.
Elected with a thin majority they have had to fight an opposition that even votes against its own policies, but has made remarkable progress in many directions.
It is one of the constant failings of our electorate that it votes in a Labor government that wrecks the economy and then expects the Liberal Coalition to fix things up in a matter of weeks. The mess our present administration inherited from the last Labor government cannot be fixed overnight.
Look on the bright side and stay with them and things will come right. Vote Labor and things will get worse. They have proved this over and over again.
Len Langan, Longford.
HAVING watched Virginia Trioli tear Senator David Leyonhjelm's case to pieces on ABC’s 7.30 Report, I'm amazed to see that, when informed of Senator Sarah Hanson-Young's intention to take him to court that he is silly enough to invite her to bring it on.
Either he's all bluster or he's sillier than he looks. His disgusting behaviour has no place in modern society, he should be censured at the highest level.
Richard Hill, Newstead.
RACT thank you
A BIG thank you to the RACT for their kind invitation to attend a luncheon at Country Club Tasmania recently.
It was in appreciation for being members for 50 years, what a kind gesture to do this for their loyal customers. We had a lovely lunch and hats off to the young waiters and waitresses who waited on us, and everything went off like clockwork.
R. Rigby, Riverside.