THANK you Josh Frydenberg, I will take the $75 one-off payment to offset energy costs, but if you think this will fix Australia's energy problems, you are wrong.
It all went wrong when governments, of all persuasions, started selling of essential services such as energy production, to the private sector.
From then on it was a case of maximum profit which consumers paid dearly for.
Energy along with essential services such as water and sewerage should not become privately owned as their prime motive is to make maximum profits not provide reliable service.
Governments should own and run these services for the common good, not to make a few people rich.
If governments need to raise capital to build essential infrastructure let them borrow from the private sector where interest rates are at all-time lows or raise taxes.
Jeff Jennings, Bridport.
I COULD not believe my ears when I heard Pauline Hanson's accusation that the Port Arthur massacre was a hoax.
This is an arrogant, ignorant, dangerous woman.
Anyone voting for her party should be exiled on Heard Island.
I would love to hear her voting tally, maybe one or two if her partner voted for her.
R. Greeno, Riverside.
Supplying Coal to Overseas
WITH the Labor and Greens parties wanting to close coal-power generation in Australia they want to force up electricity bills and cars to be electrically powered.
Can I ask, will you still supply overseas markets with coal and gas so they can continue to global warming as you say while Australia goes backwards?
Walter Christy, Shearwater.
Value of a Vote
I AM afraid that the coalition has really lowered the bar in an attempt to sway welfare recipients to vote for them.
A single vote $75 or the discount for two $125. I thought that the value of the right vote was beyond measure.
A Carter, Mowbray.
POOR people voting Liberal is like chickens voting for a fox.
Leon Cooper, Longford.
A number of issues were raised in The Examiner's editorial (April 4) that need to be clarified. There is no threat to the future of the John L Grove centre, which the state government permanently secured two years ago. In the 2017-18 state budget, we pledged $20 million to the centre over four years, welcoming it back into the Tasmanian health system.
The centre is now in safe hands with no question as to its future. It's pathetic for Labor's Bass MHR Ross Hart to now seek to cause undue alarm in the community when clearly he has no idea what's been going on without any of his assistance.
Readers can also be reassured that, in relation to Invermay traffic issues, the Tasmanian government has announced a $40 million package to expand the capacity of the Charles Street Bridge and redesign the local road network around Invermay Road and Forster Street as part of the UTAS relocation.
Design work has already started in conjunction with the Launceston City Council.
This is part of an overall $92.5m Tamar Valley Traffic Management Plan that includes upgrades to the West Tamar and East Tamar Highway and the Mowbray Connector.
Additionally, the issue of sewerage and the Tamar River is part of the $47 million Launceston City Deal with work already started on reducing the pathogens entering the Tamar Estuary from the surrounding catchments to be followed by upgrades to Launceston's sewerage treatment plants and the separation of some of the combined stormwater and sewerage system.
We work extremely well with the Federal Liberal Government and will continue to get results for our community.
Michael Ferguson, Bass Liberal MHA
IN MY opinion, negative gearing and house prices are two policies not fully resonating with a large part of the voting population and requires further clarification. As we know negative gearing was originally introduced to reduce the welfare budget by 50 per cent. It has turned into big business favouring the more wealthy.
Rising house prices would have better been explained as the cause being negative gearing caused by foreign investment.
Others, wealthy Australians using hardworking taxpayers money to financing their investment. It would have better to place a maximum amount of $2 million as a retirement fund, In excess of this amount charged at normal interest.
Although house prices may have fallen up to 20 per cent, in the past two years they rose 83 per cent in the prior two years.
The only people it concerns are those intending to sell and ignoring the percentage return on their original investment and those who bought at the wrong time.
What goes up will always go down before going up at some time in the future.
Do your homework.
Wally Reynolds, Perth.
Ross Hart on Trivago
DON'T know where Ross Hart got the idea regarding Trivago controlling accommodation prices. We travel fairly frequently and always book our accommodation directly with the resort, hotel etc. Suggest everyone do the same. Every place we have stayed suggest direct booking for the best price.