THE federal government has been advised to shut down the small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme.
This is another blow to making our energy cheaper and cleaner.
Roof-top solar panels should be encouraged for every household. Please, federal politicians, do not shut down this important scheme.
Bob Elliston, Bruny Island.
WHY do we have to have one emergency centre at the hospital to deal with all different types of patients?
Why don’t we have one centre for genuine emergencies, as we now have? One centre for non emergencies, that is sprains, cuts and minor injuries and one centre to deal with drug and alcoholic patients.
If there were separate designated areas, I reckon it would cut waiting times by a hell of a lot.
But of course government bodies do not want simple solutions, they want to have an inquiry on the enquiry on the said inquiry.
Rex Greeno, Riverside.
Banks and Energy
IT IS hard to understand what constitutes a white collar crime in our legal system without penalty.
Our recent bank inquiry has disclosed practises that are quite doubtful in legality. Charging for services not given, blatant continued charging after death, and much more.
And now an inquiry into energy pricing that is doubtful because of its complexity, but declared definite over charging. The amounts suggested of overcharge are quite substantial and in the eyes of many unacceptable.
The CEOs of these companies often claim to substantiate their huge salaries in the millions per year that it is justified by performance.
These revelations, do they not indicate poor and misleading performances. Under their leadership these serious accusations have emerged.
Surely if guilty the legal system must declare fault and administrate deterrents. Personally I am confused to say the least.
Peter Doddy, Trevallyn.
SOCIAL Affairs Minister Dan Tehan calls for an anti-discrimination bill on the grounds of religion or non-religion.
It seems he is really calling for special exemptions for religions, from the several and soundly conceived, Anti-Discrimination Bills already in place.
At the core it seems that our modern laws protect the same people that religious lore claims should be persecuted or shunned, and who should certainly not be employed, or engaged with in any business activity, by religious organisations or individuals.
A discriminatory action done because of personal bigotry, or because of a religiously inspired bigotry, is still bigotry and our state laws should make no distinction.
It is nonsensical to claim that having faith is a virtue, where that faith means believing against evidence, reason and experience, and to then give those suffering such a tendency to mis-judgement, special exemptions from the laws our scholars and legal experts have judged to be fair, equitable and just.
No special religious exemptions I say.
The old days
BACK in my day, we weren't allowed to kick across the goal.
Now, when a player in the AFL tries to play on there is always an opponent standing too close to the mark.
Bring back the 15-metre penalty.
It's too harsh, and the other interstate teams take full advantage.
The great John Northey would have given us all a spray.
Horst Lake, Devonport.
Time ticks over
FINALLY, the calendar hath clocketh over.
The day has come on when the Gold Coast Suns has existed longer than university (1908-1914).
When will they learn?
Reynold Hampson, Beauty Point.
TASMANIAN entry into the AFL may have a better chance if the AFL was split into two divisions, as suggested by AFL great Mick Malthouse.
Further approval from the current television station that bought the rights for more than one $1 billion may oppose this idea, if they supported a two-division system, AFL boss Gillon McLachlan would surely follow.
Investing more than a billion dollars into any business would give you clout in the approval of any major change that may arise.
There is one major obstacle confronting acceptance of a Tasmanian side.
Where would they have their home base?
The mighty dollar will be the deciding factor.
Hugh Boyd, Prospect Vale.
Our own team
IT IS probably fair to say that a majority of Tasmanians believe that we are entitled to an AFL team of our own.
But it's a very different question whether they believe we should have one.
The set-up of an Tasmanian-based AFL team will be a huge cost, at least initially to the economy and who knows what the implications might be for other sports, community organisations and local footy.
Quite apart from whether we leave our rusted on loyalties to support a Tassie team.
This debate could go on forever.
So how about a postal vote for everyone on the electoral roll with 16-year-olds plus included?
It would be a genuine indicator of what the community at large really wants rather than what other say they want.
Brian Roe, Launceston.