I have been very concerned about the way in which overseas investors/developers have been allowed to purchase large amounts of land both on the mainland and in Tasmania.
It does not benefit the local people at all and really should be re-assessed by local councils. As a mainlander who moved down to Tasmania quite a number of years ago, it is really sad to see how much development has destroyed the local environment.
Sydney has already been destroyed by the overdevelopment, so I really hope that Tasmania is not heading the same way.
Margaret Gray, Smithton.
Tasmania's clean green image?
WHAT hope has generation 'Y' got inheriting a pollution-free planet, when I see a member of the public belonging to generation 'X' literally squash a drinks container and proceed to kick it down a kerbside stormwater drain, and only metres away was a rubbish bin.
Yes. I told that person what I thought of them (not in French though).
It seems Tasmania continues on its merry dance of illusion and deception as being the clean green state when our wombats are getting mange; devils are decimated by tumours, native forests logged, fish farms polluting waterways.
As well as 40 years after South Australia implemented a container refund scheme Tasmania still procrastinates over implementing even a basic refund system which in one swoop could eliminate the actions of the can-kicker above.
Robert Lee, Summerhill.
Trust the science on smoking.
IN response to Jack Sonnemann (The Examiner, November 17) questioning why the Australian authorities never stopped any adult from smoking, despite the deaths it directly caused, the short answer is the revenue raised for the government that goes into consolidated revenue.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians have consistently been told to trust the science and believe in the data.
For some years now the science and data surrounding the use of tobacco unequivocally states that if you use tobacco products, at best, it will be the cause of some of your health issues.
At worst, it will ultimately be the cause of your premature death.
Therefore, for all intents and purposes, the following question should be asked.
Is it not both immoral and unethical for the federal government to receive a vast revenue source from the sale of a product that science and data conclusively prove can be deadly?
Anthony Camino, Youngtown.
China tensions hurting exporters
THE continuing dispute between China and Australia over export items to China is just getting beyond a joke while the Federal Government keep going head to toe with China who is never going to give us any leeway on this our exporters and farmers etc. are losing out big time.
Australia just recently was all smiles at pulling off a massive trade deal with the Pacific Pact minus India who pulled out because Australia still wanted China a part of it. The only one with any common sense in this is India, Australia should be trading bigger than ever with India and bugger China and its almighty dictator.