Labor Party a disappointment
I AM political tragic, but I think a political realist. Many will say I'm a "Painted Blue" team member. They are probably right and I make no apologies. Watching Parliament Question time I am disappointed by the ALP's questions in this space.
Do the Australian Labor Party realise that this pandemic has changed our lives?
Albanese, Chalmers, Lee, Marles and many others who want the government to spend big and bankrupt our country as did Rudd, Gillard and stupidly Rudd again.
Their political point-scoring antics are wasted on people that can rationalise and I see their efforts as a pathetic and fruitless effort. I know the ALP are the opposition, but surely they can see the reasoning and not the expense they seem to have to use each time they are in government.
Thank goodness we have Peter Gutwein as our Premier and Scott Morrison as our PM.
Steve Rogers, South Launceston.
Humanities education fees
UNIVERSITIES must be ashamed they produced a cabinet of dunces.
The attack on humanities by doubling fees foolishly regurgitates the nonsense that humanities is vocationally useless.
These are some of the cheapest courses to deliver and have highly transferable skills. They teach people to organise persuasive arguments, to write clearly, and to think with objectivity - profoundly useful skills obviously absent in our ministerial decision makers. What is worse is that in the wake of the coronavirus and rising youth unemployment interest in further education will surge. We will need to hold these young people from the unemployment queues until employment levels return, not drive them away.
This government has spent the last seven years destroying vocational education and now wants to place financial obstacles in the path of humanities education, one of the most productive transitional degrees producing well-rounded products.
But then our problem is a government that is uneducable.
Dr Michael Powell, Springfield.
Marinus Link and World Climate
THE Marinus Link, a fast-tracked undersea power cable, could be a very important piece of infrastructure and if built needs to be part of a roadmap to lower Co2 emissions, both in Australia and more importantly as part of a world system.
Ross Garnaut in his book Super Power outlines how Australia can produce low-carbon energy to lower its emissions.
This energy can also be used to help lower the emissions of countries such as China, Japan and South Korea, by using our low-carbon energy sources to process raw materials and to produce hydrogen.
In this way, we can help reduce the emissions of Northern Hemisphere countries.
The high emitters, the USA, India and China and some medium emitters determine our climate.
At a local level, the Marinus Link power could be used to replace one of the coal-fired electricity stations on the mainland.
Theo Bakker, Norwood.
Intrastate tourism in Tasmania
MARGARET Dertesi (The Examiner, June 13) seems to believe it is much cheaper to leave Tasmania and cruise on the Mediterranean than to holiday at home.
I can suggest some world-class tourism experiences in Tasmania that are well within the $5000-plus budget that it would take to fly and cruise halfway around the world.
In the Tamar Valley, we produce some of the world's best cool-climate wines.
A full-day tour including lunch is approximately $150. She could cruise Wineglass Bay, the Gordon River, Bruny Island, Maria Island or the Tasman Peninsula to name a few. All offering world-class wilderness, wildlife, scenery and service for approximately $150-$250 each. Take the Wilderness Railway for $115 or, for a real treat, a day tour to fly, cruise and walk-in Tasmania's South West Wilderness for $599.
Adding all of these up would give nine days of world-class experiences for just over $3000. If she's adventurous, she could take guided tours to raft the Franklin, walk the Overland track, ride Blue Derby or dive the southern kelp forests each within this budget. Many of these experiences are an easy drive from Hobart and Launceston, but she would still have plenty in her budget for accommodation and meals - a comfortable $2000. Enough to compliment your meals of delicious Tasmanian produce with a fine Tasmanian wine - or two.
Shelley Ridgway, West Launceston.
Dying with Dignity Bill support
I WILL support those that support the bill.
I appreciate the fact that those that don't support the bill have had their own family experience, but if you want to become a leader of your community sometimes you have to decide on what the community wants. I support the bill because today we keep those that would have died naturally in their life kept alive for as long as possible with a copious amount of drugs and support systems such as palliative care simply because we as family members can't let go.
Peter Douglas, Karoola.
Devaluing bushland for prison
IN the Queen's Crown bushland how might we protect her Australian botanical, zoological and even fungoid subjects from a fire that might arise in the prison.
Seriously, how much of the Westbury bush block will be intact and fully eco-operational after we clear, road, double fence, fire protect and illuminate this little gem.
Is the stamp on the Westbury deal even more viral and below social license than COVID-19?