John Glover Prize
JUST back after visiting the John Glover exhibition.
Interesting as usual with artists impressions of their ideas of landscapes.
I think John Glover is scratching his head over at least half of them.
I must admit that I came out feeling somewhat bemused and thinking that the granddaughter, who is 10, could have done a better job.
I know it's all in the eye of the beholder but really.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
Aged Care services
FIGURE this one out.
Around 2008 across Australia there was a rapidly falling number of GPs willing to visit aged care facilities as the income was about half the amount that could be earned working in surgery.
The Labor health minister at the time, Nicola Roxon, recognised the problem and stemmed the flow by introducing an annual incentive payment for GPs of up to $5000 that depended on how many residents they visited. The incentive payment was successful as sufficient GPs continued to provide medical cover to aged care facilities.
Despite the Royal Commission, on April 30 current Health Minister Greg Hunt plans to remove the incentive payment and to add insult to injury on March 1 his government actually reduced the Medicare rebate residents in aged care facilities are eligible for when a GP visits.
These two puzzling savings measures will almost certainly trigger another mass GP exodus from aged care and risk a return to the bad old days where residents struggled to find a GP able to visit them.
Donald Rose, Summerhill.
Failure Of Governments
WITH intolerance and unrestraint ostensibly evident, and a tendency for mob-like lynching omnipresent on social media, cowardly acts of alcohol-fuelled violence, at times resulting in death or permanent disability, it may be a time to contemplate a societal and individual sense of responsibility.
With the legal drug of alcohol pervading society, with its detrimental health and societal problems if consumed in excess, it may be time for example to address the legislative failure of present and past governments regarding illegal drugs, with a health-based scientific approach, combined with a form of decriminalisation, instead of increasing penalties, running failed and expensive law and order campaigns, especially at election times, and criminalising the very activity that only increases profits and therefore supply to maximise income.
This failed, recalcitrant indulgence by successive governments, has the potential to risk or threaten the very essence of a functioning democracy.
Kenneth Gregson, Swansea.
Coal and India
RESEARCH indicators show India now has 15 out of 20 of the world's most polluted cities on earth. As some stage once said, coal is good for humanity, yes they sure need more coal don’t they?
Peter Taylor, Midway Point.
WHAT happened to the Tasmanian education system?
Out with the traditional three r’s or asseoir, rester and chercher as they were called in Europe when I was a boy.
Obviously, something needs to change for the sake of our grandchildren.
Médor Epagneul, Greens Beach.
ISN’T it time our trusted and unbiased national broadcaster asked Bill Shorten whether he believes our best economists’ unequivocal opinion that Labor's policies will lead to much higher power prices.
And keep asking him (like they do with the Liberals about coal) until he gives a clear answer.
Gordon Thurlow, Launceston.
THERE seems to be a lot of misinformation about transgender folk out there.
Last week there was a letter to The Examiner from a lady stating that the proposed changes with regard to gender on birth certificates were based on a few people who believe boys can be girls.
As a psychologist, I can confirm that gender dysphoria is not a choice, just as being gay is not a choice. Let’s just accept people for who they are and avoid the blatantly false information that is being spread by conservatives and groups such as binary. Our daughters are not at risk from trans folk.
Bev Ernst, Dilston.
Sport ground positioning
INTERESTING that Brian Roe cited Sydney’s 2000 Olympic Stadium as a dodgy investment (Costs of competition, The Examiner, March 10) because it is, mainly through being 15 kilometres from the central business district and not anywhere near a major mass transit hub (as Melbourne’s 1956 Olympic equivalent clearly is).
It’s NRL crowd average from 409 games is 17,736; its AFL average, rather ironic really, given the old Sydney jibe about ‘aerial ping pong’ is 44,400 from 44 games.
Melbourne’s VFL made the same mistake in building its VFL Park at Waverley 20km from the business centre (and as far from public transport as seemingly possible), and the SANFL did the same with its Football Park 15km west of Adelaide’s central business district.
All three are now gone.
Relevance to Tasmania?
Hobart’s Bellerive Oval is triply misplaced: not in the business centre surrounded on three sides by dormitory-suburb housing, and accessed by one bridge over a deep estuary (not just a ‘river’), often claimed to be the deepest sheltered harbour in the Southern Hemisphere.
North Hobart Oval, anyone?