THE AFL’s two draftees from Launceston, a town of 70,000 inhabitants, will weaken their club’s teams.
I cannot find what compensation North Launceston and Launceston receive, if any, from the AFL for making the draft, as they become the centre of attraction in a two-day media TV spectacular rivalling the Brownlow medal.
The loss of these two players from their respective clubs will be very hard to replace.
The AFL could well afford a payment of $200,000 to each club.
Hugh Boyd, Prospect Vale.
I MUCH prefer flying in choppers than planes.
Flying over the Batman Bridge with Dad beside me was a great experience.
Kurt Fearnley brilliantly proved with enough support disability is no barrier to experiencing the grounded journey that is the Kokoda Trail.
My inspirational Dad proved age is no barrier when he trekked the Kokoda at the age of 71 years old. Over 10 years on and he still treks the Tassie highlands.
Rather than commercial choppers in the highlands, why not support anyone wanting to break down the barriers that prevent them from best experiencing the grounded journey that is the Tassie highlands.
My best experience of the wilderness is not helicopters and sleeping in any chalet.
It’s the peace and tranquility. It’s the hardships, the terrain, the conquering of my fears with the lowest impact on the environment possible. It’s the being one with nature.
Deb Johnston-Andrews, Newnham.
Schools and Renewable Energy
BEFORE school teachers get too excited about the French President’s aim of replacing coal with renewables, they should try to understand that France has had 80 per cent nuclear energy working safely and reliably for many, many years.
But all is not lost, as this is an opportunity to teach how renewable targets are greatly affected by the amount of reliable generation present in the system, the population density and size of a country, together with proximity to adjacent countries with spare generation capacity.
Learning not to jump to conclusions before understanding the issues would be a great lesson in life for all.
Gordon Thurlow, Launceston.
Julie Bishop for PM
AS a lifelong Liberal supporter I am incensed at the behaviour of many of their colleagues, most especially towards women.
Makes one wish for earlier days when they could be challenged with “pistols at dawn”.
They are further weakened with the resignation of Julia Banks, and further threatens the return of Labor under Bill Shorten.
This can only be avoided by strong leadership – by the only pollie with the strength, resolve, experience, and respect of the Australian electorate in Julie Bishop.
Do it now Julie, before it is too late.
Don Davey, Launceston.
FEES for non service, I experienced this recently and the insurer RACT Insurance advised me that “it is in your contract”.
Does that make it fair?
Michael Fruin, Frankford.
Climate change not the greatest threat
THERE are many people who say that climate change is the greatest threat that our planet faces and it must be stopped no matter what the cost.
Climate change, along with war, over population and all the other problems that we face are all symptoms of the failings of human nature and the predatory, adversarial culture we live in.
Better ways of generating power could be developed if it wasn’t seen as one system competing against another.
The main cause of over population is the age-old fear of our country being overrun by a larger, stronger country, therefore we must increase our population.
I suppose I am being naive, but all of these problems could be solved if there was more trust and cooperation, and less emphasis on competition and aggression.
It is possible, if we don’t destroy ourselves first.
Malcolm McCulloch, Pipers River.
Real cause of climate change
I READ constantly about climate change and the danger of coal, but never do I read about the thousands of highly inflammable planes that fly daily at 30,000 feet and produce nitrous oxide and carbon by the tonne.
Surely this could be the real cause of climate change.
I would like to hear other people’s opinions on this as it seems to be a well kept secret.
Vera M. Green, South Launceston.
Strike for climate change
SCOTT Morrison is haranguing the school students for going on strike for climate change.
With all the shenanigans taking place in both state and federal parliaments, these future voters are making their voices heard, as they did in Trumpland regarding the NRA.
As students are going to be the beneficiaries of the inaction of governments, I applaud them for having the courage to stand up for their convictions.
After all, it doesn't seem that our politicians are brave enough to stand up for anything.
If they do, they get thrown out of the party and are history.