Time to end restrictions
ON behalf of the people of Tasmania, I am calling on Premier Peter Gutwein to put an immediate end to the coronavirus restrictions in Tasmania.
It is clear and evident that this pandemic is not as lethal as has been touted.
The most at risk, the elderly and those with severe pre-existing conditions are the ones that require the greatest attention and have probably received the least across the board. It is nonsensical to permit full-contact sport, but players are not allowed to shake hands at the end of the game.
It's time to stop hurting our young people, if it's good enough to play footy, surely it's good enough for our young people to be out dancing, or to stand at the bar for a drink.
Life is for living, and we are far from living a life Tasmanian people are used to.
As an isolated island state, we are in the best position of just about any place in the world. I have all faith in our services to control this virus, but it should not stop us from living and enjoying the bounties our state has to offer.
Robert Newitt, Australian Federation Party Tasmania chairman.
Doctor billing and medicare
IT is disappointing that medicare has stopped the bulk billing service.
Doctors are now charging too much out of pocket fees and making it difficult to make ends meet. Medicare should reconsider this telehealth service to all.
I am a pensioner and find it hard as I have quite a few medical issues which need regular doctor visits.
Kaye Reid, Hobart.
Travel vouchers debacle
SO my partner and I decided to set a timer on my phone so we did not miss out on the vouchers second time round. We were on the website page five minutes before 7pm.
Ready to go, when it was 7pm the website crashed and took over a minute to reload each time. Which either brought us to the "page cannot be found" message or trying to unsuccessfully click on the travel voucher link. This went on for 40 minutes until it finally brought us to an event portal. Extremely frustrating.
Then one hour passed and the page loaded only for us to be told that the vouchers are all gone, thank you.
We were on both phones and computers on two different browsers and still couldn't get through or find the register button to receive a voucher.
Massive fail on the website and have no idea how anyone got them?
Lynzie Goodacre, Acton.
BECAUSE of prejudice, some trans and gender diverse Australians live in fear of abuse, refusal of services or violence from strangers and families.
So it is bizarre that Senator Claire Chandler thinks she is a victim because one of her constituents followed a legal conciliation process that aimed to clarify concerns and protect marginalised groups.
What a world we live in where an elected representative condemns her constituents' concerns rather than act on her responsibility to hear them.
I want leaders who listen with compassion to stigmatised groups like trans-Tasmanians, and who look for positive solutions.
Will Senator Chandler display these qualities?