Deadline Day Nears
WE are in the midst of a world crisis.
Where has greed and overdevelopment got us? Are we happier, healthier, more secure in a home and a job? This focus on growth at all costs has not served us well. Maybe it's time to focus on the wellbeing of the people of Tasmania, our rights, and dreams for the future of the areas we have chosen to call home.
What right do governments have to destroy our dreams and peaceful way of living, devalue our properties to make way for developers, and give us no say in what is supposed to be a democratic process?
These crises occur to remind us that we need to change our thinking or this earth will no longer support us.
Time is running out. We have few chances left. For these reasons, I implore that this bill is removed without further hesitation.
We are being given the opportunity to start anew. New thinking, new ways of being and new governance. The mindset behind this bill is what is contributing to the rapid destruction of this planet. There must be someone out there with the courage to take the next step so we can embark on a happier and more sustainable future.
The deadline for public comments on the Major Projects Bill is April 9.
Janet Beswick, Dolphin Sands.
A virus of a Different Kind
WE awake each morning and are grateful for the strict measures that have been put in place to protect us and our beautiful state, and we thank the Premier and good governance for this.
We now ask that the same good judgement and leadership be applied to our robust planning scheme.
Developments that have merit will stand the test of time.
By legislating a fast track approval scheme, circumventing the existing tried and tested checks and balances, as would be the case if the major projects bill were passed, we are opening doors to our state that cannot be closed.
Perhaps a 'virus' of a different kind?
Premier please show the same compassion for Tasmania and close the door on this one.
Maureen and Colin Stevenson, Swansea.
BARRY Prismall makes a case that identifies politics lurking in ambush for a struggling Prime Minister and his government (The Examiner, March 29).
He targets Labor, notably Anthony Albanese as well as the four Labor state/territory leaders who are part of the COVID-19 National Cabinet - claiming they are undermining Scott Morrison's authority.
He makes no mention of Gladys Berejiklian, the Liberal leader of Australia's most populous state, doing exactly the same.
He makes no mention of WA Labor Premier Mark McGowan praising the federal government for their assistance in safely relocating international passengers from infected cruise ships docked in WA.
He makes no case for Mr Albanese whatsoever who has been overwhelmingly supportive of the National Cabinet but also critical of certain aspects of their policy. That is his job. He makes no mention at all that Scott Morrison does not have the grace or the nous to include Albanese in the National Cabinet.
A principle that both Robert Menzies and John Curtin honoured in the constitution of the Australian War Cabinet from 1940-1945.
Prismall is ultimately guilty of damning Scott Morrison with faint praise.
Tony Newport, Hillwood.
The idea of Lighting up the Dawn on Anzac Day is a lovely way of waking us up to remembering those who have fought for us in all wars. I would like to issue another challenge to brighten up the day and our local areas. That is to place a poppy on your letterbox or door, preferably made by you or your family members while in isolation.
It could be simply made by joining together a long piece of red material, even something like a tea towel or a scarf if you have one and then gathering one long edge to represent a poppy. It can then be dismantled later or you could be really clever and make one for keeps. I feel sure that there are many crafty people out there who will find other ways of making a poppy.
It could even be accompanied by our flag as I am sure most of us have one somewhere in the house no matter what size. Just remember that the poppy is for remembrance.
Angela Green, Norwood.
An ode to Vinegar
YOU cough and you start overheatin'. Many think it cannot be beaten. But I have a vaccine. That's not from the quacks' scene. And on chips, it can even be eaten.
Lucas Middleton, Wynyard.
Women Own Property Too
COULD we please retire the term 'landlord'? 'Property owner' is a much more appropriate term as, since the late 1800s, women have been able to own property too.
Andrea Dawkins, Trevallyn.
Suspension of Horse Racing
I SUGGEST that it has been a mistake to close down the racing industry with no warning to industry participants.
Racing has really struggled in Tasmania since the sale of the TAB and has had poor deals from successive governments. This could be the last straw for this large employer as horses which has done nothing wrong.
The government should get it going again as soon as possible, and at least give an early indication of when they need to be prepared well in advance before they can race.