Bank lending practices
WITH the banking royal commission exposing unscrupulous lending practices by numerous banks, it seems unconscionable that federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has approved the "watering-down" of responsible lending laws which includes placing the responsibility and onus on the borrower, not the banks. This lucidly places the most vulnerable in society at the mercy of bank borrowing practices, with a potential deja vu scenario emerging based on past evidence.
Kenneth Gregson, Swansea.
Feral cats problem
ON my bike rides I often check on the wellbeing of native guinea fowl, and native hens at Tailrace Park along Riverside.
For the last few weeks, I've noticed there have been three adult regulars missing and a baby chick. I now know why. Crouched low in the undergrowth (at twilight the other night) watching my every move were three feral cats who then bolted at my approach.
The West Tamar Council and City of Launceston council together must take immediate action to trap these ferals or it will be too late to save our native wildlife that lives in this magnificent area. All who visit the area love to watch our native birds feeding, but those days are numbered.
A 'cat-astrophe' is fast approaching.
Robert Lee, Summerhill.
Your right to decide
I AND many others are insulted by the insinuation that Tasmanians don't have enough brains to make a decision for themselves, without influence about VAD.
Believe me, we have given this a lot of thought and also have watched a loved one pass in unnecessary pains and stress for all.
You have the right to decide for yourself but please allow me the same privilege.
Marlene Bruinewood, Kings Meadows.
Free Trade with Asia
SO the federal government has signed a free trade deal with 10 Asian countries including China and Japan.
What a joke when for instance China banned various items from Australia, purely for a political backhander for Australia's stance on the COVID-19 inquiry. Free trade agreements are worth nothing when action like this occurs, and if somebody did check on the so-called free trade, I bet some items that are imported to Australia still have tariffs or other taxes on goods produced. So how can they call it a free trade agreement?
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
A great climate change resource
IN (The Sunday Examiner, November 15) Senator Eric Abetz made a very significant comment. When asked if he believed the science about climate change he said "there was no doubt our climate changes but there was a debate about how much humans contributed to that change".
Last month a book entitled Climate Change- The Facts 2020 was published.
Edited by Dr Jennifer Marohasy it is a compilation of essays by 20 eminent climate scientists, economists and other experts.
They critique climate science while advancing our understanding of the climate.
They reveal the facts demonstrating the failings of key national and global climate organisations. They argue for policy making based on facts not emotion.
The book is an extraordinary resource for readers interested in our climate.