Climate Change discussion
ON Christmas Eve Amanda McKenzie of the Climate Council wrote about a New Year that will define us on climate change.
The federal government is not a peak alarmist organisation and makes decisions and policy for all Australians.
To say that energy and climate will be the most important factor in the next election is arguably questionable.
Polling shows Australians want action on a whole range of policy.
When it comes to using natural resources for power, why isn’t the new generation of safe nuclear power being considered?
Fifty-five new nuclear projects are under construction worldwide delivering by far the lowest cost of power.
I am bemused about the Adani coal mine project as the coal is still in the ground, but yearly the airline industry pumps 60 billion gallons of jet fuel into our atmosphere and the climate council are surprisingly quiet about this fact.
It is not surprising to me that there is a collective movement that seeks the truth, because their freedom is at stake.
Gary Daly, Riverside.
Container Deposit Scheme
A spokesperson for Environment Minister Elise Archer says that the government has to be sure a container deposit scheme for Tasmania needs to be cost-effective and in the public interest (The Examiner, January 4).
How can it not be in the public interest to invest in the reinforcement of the “clean green” image that our tourism marketing is founded on?
How can it not be in the public interest to ensure that a larger proportion of material enters the recycling stream, improving the viability of recyclers?
As a bike rider, I see at close range the mess that is spread along our country roads.
Even the iconic route to Cradle Mountain is not spared the roadside trashing.
The Marsden Jacob Associates report showed that one of the major benefits of a CDS would be a significant reduction in litter as containers would have a market value.
Who knows, the 10 cents a container may also reduce consumption in the way a “sugar tax” is intended.
In the meantime, while we lag behind the rest of Australia both in this reform and in the development of an overall waste management strategy, can we please try to raise the value that Tasmanians place on a clean environment?
Malcolm Cowan, West Launceston.
IN response to Labor Senator Helen Polley (The Examiner, December 23) why not focus on the best energy policy for Tasmania rather than unwarranted demeaning personal attacks.
The Tasmanian Economic Regulator recently identified our state as having the lowest regulated electricity prices for both residential and business customers in Australia.
Our Tasmania-first energy policy aims for Tasmania to have the lowest regulated electricity prices in the nation by 2022 and to be fully self-sufficient in renewable energy by the same date.
There is a lot more work to do but we are on track.
Guy Barnett, Tasmanian Energy Minister.
AN interesting thing has happened in my household.
My husband used to be very keen on cricket, so I asked him why he was not watching it anymore. He said, after the scandal of Australians tampering with the ball, he has no interest anymore.
My very elderly father-in-law has said the same thing.
A lifetime interest, just snuffed out.
And the Australians involved in the scandal thought they could get an advantage by cheating.
Anne Brelsford, Legana.
SO many lives are lost to bushfires, most thought of as having been purposely lit.
So why not charge those found to be responsible with attempted murder because is that not exactly what it is?
So Come on Canberra, make it so.
Don Davey, Launceston.
IT would appear Adam Brooks may not be returned at the next election, but can some unbiased person tell me why he should not get out and about while on sick leave if he wishes.
Or would he be expected to stay indoors with the blinds drawn like our great grandfathers did when they were unwell?
Lyle Cook, Shearwater.
PETER Doddy’s letter (The Examiner, January 7) panning the Liberal party makes for interesting reading until he mentions Bill Shorten who would be sitting back quietly using the old adage “give them enough rope and they will hang themselves”.
Hugh Boyd, Prospect Vale.
FEDERAL Labor’s policy on teacher education admission regarding ATAR score, to supposedly raise the quality of teaching is one dimensional, is simplistic, and not evidence-based. With the quality of politicians like Fraser Anning, a decade of parliamentary turmoil and lack of government policy and direction, it may be prescient for all members of Federal Parliament to consider their worth and contribution to the Commonwealth of Australia?