Tassie cider to fill Mercury void
WITH the announcement of Mercury Cider production moving to Melbourne soon, the door is open to Boags Launceston to produce a new product line of Cider Tasmania a natural crushed organic apple, Tasmanian natural organic hops and natural organic grown beet sugar (as grown during WWII here in the North -East) and Ben Lomond Mountain Spring Water.
With a bit of sense, they could sort the Ciders into types of apples for five years: Granny Smith, Cox's Orange Pippin and Lady in Snow.
The sugar content will be minimal mainly natural and light for ciders and diet ciders.
Produce in 400ml, 800ml and small barrels with a refund on containers from bottle shops for container and top.
Apple waste to go to either animal feed at no fee or compost.
Preferably use recycled glass with larger screw lids like old milk bottles.
We do not want chemical hops or powdered apple sourced from overseas. "A cider a day helps keep the doctor away".
Mike Grey, West Tamar
Water vapour and climate change
CLIMATE change deniers have enough scientific knowledge to be plausible but not enough to understand.
It is well known that water is a potent greenhouse gas, accounting about 60 per cent of the warming effect. Unfortunately for David Houghton's argument (The Examiner, November 16) water is a gas only at or above its triple point. vIt condenses out of the atmosphere when it is cold. If CO2 and other and other non condensing greenhouse gases had not increased the temperature, water vapour would not have increased either. Also more water in the atmosphere may cause more clouds thereby reducing the temperature. Unless the scientists involved in global organisations can not tell the temperature then the trend has been increasing in an unusual fashion for the last 150 years or so. Amongst other evidence that this is from burning fossil fuels (where does 1.5 trillion tonnes of CO2 go to?) is the carbon isotope ratios.
Richard Pickup, Karoola.
Reducing the unemployment rate
THE seasonally adjusted Australian unemployment rate was 7% for October 2020. Tasmania's unemployment rate was 8.2%.
A policy response which the Australian Government could adopt would be to allow employees to opt out of the compulsory superannuation system.
Those employees who opt out of compulsory superannuation would receive a 9.5% pre-tax wage increase. That would be likely to increase aggregate demand in the economy and in turn increase the demand for labour. Given that many people are struggling to make ends meet, adoption of this suggestion might improve lives and enhance business conditions. The proposed redirection of superannuation flows should not cost the government money compared to other policy responses involving increased government expenditure. The tax concessions which superannuation receives are a real cost.
By improving the choices available to employees regarding their own money, reducing the unemployment rate and not adding to government costs, the policy proposed might even help win the next election for a smart government.