Support for workers
ON behalf of patients, carers and our many communities, Health Consumers Tasmania wish to acknowledge our state's health workforce as it prepares to care for us through these uncertain times.
Those of us who are frail or have chronic conditions are naturally anxious, as are those of us who care for vulnerable family and friends. We can only imagine what all health staff must be feeling as they not only care for their children, partners and elderly parents, but also put themselves potentially at risk on the front line to care for us.
To all those in the health industry, from general practice through to those working in hospitals and all those working behind the scenes, we acknowledge that you are already working under severe duress and that this may get worse before it gets better.
We thank you for your ongoing commitment and support to all Tasmanians during these uncertain times. Our sincerest good wishes over the coming months.
Bruce Levett, Health Consumers Tasmania.
Glover art dismay
I WAS very disappointed with the winner of the Glover Prize. It has been appropriately named a 'lambscape', and only in that context did it fit the bill.
After receiving his prize, the artist stated that his aim was to send up the festival, and in that he certainly succeeded. How could he make such a tactless, insensitive comment at the same time as being awarded $50,000?
Val Clarke, Kings Meadows.
I REFER to the article in The Examiner, February 29 and again on March 7 calling for action on Nazi symbols. Mr Jeff Schneider, president of Hebrew Congregation in Hobart, calls for the banning of the Swastika. This has been an emotive issue, however there are two sides to every story.
Nazi symbols have been put up for auction. Where did these Nazi symbols come from? Seventy-five years ago many of our returned servicemen who served in Europe and against the Japanese brought home war souvenirs they had captured from the enemy. Have the estates of these war veterans been put up for sale by their families, it may not be as sinister as we are led to believe.
The Nazi party stole the swastika symbol from the Hindu religion, reversed the symbol then incorporated into their party in 1933 until its dissolution 1945. The swastika has been part of the Hindu religion for the past 5000 years and also into the Buddhist doctrine for the last 2500 years.
To these religions the swastika means peace and good fortune. In the last few years Australia has welcomed an abundance of immigrants from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and refugees from Tibet. The Tibetan people have also faced genocide, incarceration and now they are to face further persecution because of their religious faith.
Perhaps common sense should prevail and the Swastika used for religious and cultural purposes be exempt from the ban Mr Schneider wants from the Tasmanian Parliament.
Colin Viney, Legana.
SINCE Covid-19 may end economic growth and cause a huge contraction in world economic activity (one that the biosphere desperately needs), our federal government should firstly initiate a universal basic income - a UBI more generous than Newstart.
Secondly, tax all the rich and corporations; and thirdly, fix our currency to an invariable value to stop any inflation from the possible need to print more money.
This would thereby ensure that the money supply and the velocity of money were both maintained (under government control), and so no casuals, gig workers, or other poor need starve, or turn to crime.
A society and economy based on living with the virus will organically emerge.
Bob Elliston, Bruny Island.
I NOTE with interest that Lyons landowners who will be immediately affected by state government developments find out via the media with smiling Lyons Liberal members in the background.
They smile behind the Corrections Minister and they smile behind the Education Minister.
Dear fellow members of the Lyons electorate, make sure you read the Liberal party's promises prior to the next election.
Make sure you know what they are and where specifically the promises will be located. Or just like the land owner in Brighton who will have part of their property compulsorily acquired for a school and the neighbours of the proposed prison site in Westbury who are at risk of getting a maximum security prison next door, you too will have a SkyHooks experience in the form of a horror movie on the 6.30pm news.
Beware the toothless Liberal Lyons, their lack of care for their constituents is shocking me right out of my brain.
This loyal Lyons Liberal will be accepting a different 'how to vote' card at the next state election.
Anne-Marie Loader, Westbury.
A different crisis
ALL anyone can talk about is the coronavirus. Yes, it is a disease and a risk. But who is remembering the people whose lives were shattered in the bushfires?
Loved ones lost, homes destroyed. Have they received money? Where are they living?
Have their insurance claims been rushed through? What help can still be given to them?
Not good enough for everyone just to "move on" because there is a different crisis.
Anne Brelsford, Legana.