Families Are Affected
I STRONGLY believe that FIFO workers should be exempt from isolation each time they return home to their families.
Firstly, these workers are working underground risking their lives and what keeps them going is coming home and spending happy enjoyable times with their family. For example, going out fishing, taking a family drive, being able to take and collect their children from school. One family I know does not have a house to be in a different room and mentally and physically this on top of risking their lives will not only affect the worker but the family unit.
The mines have strict rules in place and I am sure they will add more to ensure their workers are well and safe to work and to be around others. Please lift this isolation quarantine rule for all FIFO workers.
Marlene Penfold, Longford.
How am I Included?
I'M not sure how the rules apply to me as a seafarer, I work away on ships and not locally. I tried calling the hotline to get some information but it says if I have questions then I must look at the website. If I go and work on a ship for up to five weeks and then fly home to Launceston there is no information on whether I am to self-isolate or not.
Gordon Smith, Norwood.
Health is Everything
PEOPLE just need to realise if you don't have your health you have nothing.
They need to just suck up the fact that they will be inconvenienced with quarantine restrictions for a short time.
What's worse is sending people to work on resource projects outside of our borders working with nationals from places like East Timor who have where medical facilities are poor and quarantine is an unknown word.
The chances of contracting a disease is huge and nobody wants to bring a virus back home.
Mark Taylor, Mole Creek.
LET FIFO workers come home and not self isolate so they can see their families as my partner is a FIFO worker and only home for six days every two weeks.
Emma Hughes, Launceston.
Local Council Adoption
I RECOMMEND we abandon the present "horse and buggy" type councils in favour of a ratepayer-friendly model effectively removing politics from local government.
My suggestion to implement existing state government laws to select an improved model of councils to administer local affairs.
In their place, effective October 2022 we Tasmanians install in each existing community a civic or urban group of no more than six appointed ratepayers to serve for a minimum of four years, replacing all outgoing councillors throughout the state.
The appointees together with the general manager as chairperson to assume the role of previous councils.
These appointees would pay no rates on their own home while in service.
No other income is payable. General managers are already well compensated financially. The six persons to be selected and appointed like our present jury duty system.
Using the jury selection process there is ample time to appoint "civic monitors" in all councils before October 2022.
This model would provide ratepayers with competent administration while saving billions of dollars financing expensive councillors.
Barry Campbell, Blackmans Bay.
Short Crime Memories
MARCH 10 saw the start of the crimes against humanity case start in the Hague on the downing of the passenger jet over Ukraine, a serious murderous act and hopefully the Ukraine and Russian offenders are truly identified and given sentenced as absentees.
But wait as the International Criminal Court does this too so they must deal with the civilians murdered by warplane missiles on passenger busses crossing a bridge in the recent civil war in Europe others have been tried and convicted on war crimes, so why not the pilots or is it friendly no touch.
The same question of the US Marine Armoured Unit that killed at least 5000 Panamanians in their own shanty homes to capture one drug lord Noriega an ex-CIA member.
This was planned from the top generals down and an enquiry by the US Senate accepted 5000 killings while Panama claims 10,000. Noriega is still housed in a motel while his CIA South American nasty file is out of reach of the US.
It's time the word collateral damage was altered to civilian murders by media in war, the Vietnam My Lai murders are looked at as the tip of an iceberg.
Mike Grey, West Tamar.
CEO Pay and Workers
FOR years and years chief executives' pay of private companies has gone out of control into millions of dollars.
We are now into a situation where many people may or will lose their jobs.
If chief executives give up their million-dollar pay packets and use this to help prop up their company, many of these jobs may not be lost. Qantas sacks 20000 workers, I wonder how much the chief executive earns or has earned.
Is he protecting his income or the company? What about other chief executive's who earn millions, how much is enough and how much could their money mean to others who need it just to feed their family.