Prison officers akin to teachers
I totally applaud the comments by Ivan Dean (The Examiner, October 20).
Mr Dean is in a position to know what he is talking about. The new prison must emphasise rehabilitation above all else.
Recidivism is an expensive cost to our state. Far better to have programs encouraging ex-prisoners, such things as subsidised housing and ongoing support to find employment. The prison should be set up to provide skills to inmates with workshops, adjacent gardens, orchards and animal husbandry facilities, all designed to generate skills and positive attitudes.
Mr Greg Barnes could well be a consultant on this. Let us have a prison system that develops skills and rewards rather than one meting out constant punishments and negativity and lockdowns. That is yesterday's thinking and a most wasteful way in which to operate. To be a prison officer ought to be akin to being a teacher.
Dick James, Launceston.
Travelling the Midland Highway
MY recollection of driving from Devonport to Hobart in the late 60s was of the challenge it was. We planned maybe six stops in transit, had the car serviced before and took every tool possessed for just in case. Loved it, miss it still.
Rob Foster, Devonport.
We are one, and we are many
THE Chinese Communist Party is indeed an existential threat to all who value freedom of expression.
It is true that Chinese citizens living, working and studying here face the threat of recrimination towards their families in China if they are outspoken in any way.
That said it is not helpful to imply that "there are many compliant sympathisers here wanting to change Australia forever" (The Examiner, October 27).
Your approach and Senator Abetz's leads to scapegoating all Chinese living here.
It's unsubtle, it is simplistic, and it will not make China go away.
Professor Hamilton and Andrew Hastie have important things to say.
However, they are not privy to the kind of inquisition to which you aspire - just as the ABC is not complicit to some kind of misguided disloyalty to what it is to be Australian. We are one, and we are many. Long may it remain so.
Tony Newport, Hillwood.
Congratulations to Mike Gaffney
I FULLY support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill and congratulate Mike Gaffney for his persistent efforts to get this bill through the Tasmanian parliament.
Our mother was eventually diagnosed with MND, and although she was looked after with love and care in the Whittle Ward, her quality of life changed for the worst, and it was not the way our mother wanted to die or the way we wanted her to die. In such circumstances, people suffering from a terminal illness should have choices to end their life with dignity.
Michael House, Launceston.
Tasmania deserves normality
I believe Tasmanians should have been allowed to get back to normal whilst still respecting social distancing before borders are opened to other states entering without 14-day quarantine.