It's over Will
WHILE Tourist and Heritage Rail in Tasmania languishes, not so much for the need of capital, but because of the sole priority this government affords the plethora of cycle activities.
In 2017 the Tasmanian government established a $6 million cycle tourism fund as part of its drive to make the state Australia's premier cycling destination.
It's part of the new Tasmanian Cycle Tourism strategy, released by Premier Will Hodgman, who is also the Minister for Tourism.
This is aside from all the other tourist dollars already spent on bikes: 2015 - 80 kilometre track at Derby, $3 million; 2019 - 120 kilometres track in George Town, $4 million.
Let's look at the facts for a change.
Less than 10 per cent of Australians ride bikes regularly.
But 100 per cent of Australians and international visitors are able to ride trains.
So what percentage of tourists does the cycling lobby plan to serve?
The 2017 national cycling participation survey results, published by Austroads and the Australian Bicycle Council, suggest that Australian cycling is in free fall and has been since 2011, when the national cycling participation strategy was launched with the aim of doubling Australian participation by 2016.
From 2011 to 2017, the data show almost 640,000 fewer Australians aged 2 years plus riding a bike at least once per week and about 1.4 million fewer having cycled in the year prior to the survey.
As noted by the Australian Bicycle Network, "The latest results from the cycling participation survey are shattering".
While bike riding across the world grows, Australia's participation languishes and falls away.
And here we are, our government focusing on 10 per cent of the tourist population.
Stuart Bryce, Chairman, North East Residents and Farmers Inc, Lilydale.
BULLYING does not make you a better person.
I cannot stress this enough.
People need to understand that bullying is wrong in so many ways.
You might think that you, as a bully, are powerful.
You think that putting someone in their so-called place is your God-given right, just because you have no understanding of another's life or past.
It is happening more and more every day in schools, workplaces and even at home.
Why do you think that flaring up and making your opinion consummate is right?
The other person, sometimes, has no idea of your mindset and the issues you are having to deal with, so please do not use bullying to make your mark.
This needs to be ceased, period.
Felicity O'Neill, Westbury.
WASN'T Australia always the land of a fair go?
Where have we gone wrong lately?
A given fact is that our government accepted some people from an African nation that were incriminated for having been involved in a murderous incident from our big friends, the US, only because the authorities there didn't know what to do with them.
On the other hand, there is a family from Sri Lanka that fled from prosecution and personal harm, having been integrated into a small community, having been working there and paying taxes, but all of a sudden we found a law in our country that forbids us to treat them like human beings that need our protection.
They have been manhandled by authorities and their children have been traumatised.
They have been shuffled around this country, and beyond, and all because we have a government that seems to have no human bone in their bodies.
Ute Mueller, Lapoinya.
Tamil family and Dutton
MOST Australians are now aware of the struggle of one small Tamil family from Biloela who are very keen to call Australia home.
Mr Dutton, in his role of overseeing immigration matters, asserts that making an exception to visa and settlement rules for this family would create a terrible precedent.
I note that when Mr Dutton (or his friends) needed an au pair, or two, many rules were apparently suddenly very flexible.
Similarly, the word around the traps is that wealthy people, who want to gamble in Australia, find various rules pushed aside with surprising ease.
The Liberal government?
It couldn't be so, could it?
Anne Brelsford, Legana.
TWO young children, both born in Australia who are legally Australian citizens, and if made to return to Sri Lanka along with their parents may, more than likely, be harmed, possibly killed.
Is that what you want on your conscience Peter Dutton?
Should this take place, the Liberal party will fade into obscurity.
C'mon ScoMo, show some of the Aussie passion you're always on about, and override this pathetic, heartless decision.
After all, many of us voted for you, but won't again should you not intervene.