Not indicative of Aussie spirit
HOW disappointing are the comments of Saul Eslake.
If we don't try something new, something outside of previous experience, then we are doomed to be second rate.
We Australians pride ourselves on our innovative spirit. Innovations are seen as challenges, not as restrictions. Bob Clifford of International Catamarans has always been an innovator and there are certainly other builders in Australia capable of taking on such tasks. And, after all, it is largely the fitout we are talking about, the hulls having been constructed in Asia. Have faith in Australian industry and workers, Saul and I are disappointed in the stance being taken by Labor, rather than their wholehearted support of Australian workers.
Dick James, Launceston.
Practice what you preach
I refer to Barry Prismall's column (The Sunday Examiner, November 15) regarding bursting the Canberra bubble, in which he opens up on recent behavioural relationships and the like, involving high ranking Liberal Ministers Tudge and Porter, leaving serious questions concerning hypocrisy.
Mr Prismall is quite correct when he refers to the hypocritical issues surrounding these two politicians careers, and points out that both of these gentlemen have form when it comes to issues that they stand for within the corridors of power, aligned to their own behavioural conduct outside the forum.
Both Ministers Tudge and Porter have placed themselves as highly rated responsible enforcers when it comes to strong moral values, openly using the parliament to influence their own individual careers, however by their actions they have sought to be judged upon the pedestal for which they climbed, and then suddenly surprise, surprise, the closet door opens up and out fly the skeletons.
While on the subject of hypocrisy, perhaps Mr Morrison also has form, on the one hand he openly espoused his religious beliefs, which was well and truly on display during the last election, and again another surprise when the election dust has settled we have ourselves a $100 million sports rort scandal engulfing his own office.
Now the question is quite simply, whether or not this is hypocrisy or just where religion and politics collide? It doesn't matter which mob is in government, in a nutshell, the lesson is, if you are going to take the high morals ground and tell everyone what good fellows you are, you also have to practice what you preach.
Allan Carey, Riverside.
Tasmanian rates need review
IT WAS interesting comparing council rates throughout Tassie, but hiking rates up with little return does not impress.
My neighbour in the next street pays $500 per quarter less, has the same size block and home and is also on tank water like me.
Also look at the state of our third world regional roads with high speed limits. All needs a big review.
Les Eldridge, St Marys.
Time for the tiny house?
IT is time for the smaller house to reappear. One that is well built and insulated, to provide the most important need for everyone, a roof over one's head and the basic shelter that is beautiful, but not out of reach for those living on low wages.
Sharon Langerak, Hadspen.
Port Arthur feeds true crime
I understand why people would be upset but there is no difference between other movies or crime documentaries about other horrific events in Australian history.
What about the families of those victims, for example Ivan Milat and so on.
Quade Belcher, Devonport.
Think of Port Arthur victims
I personally think that a film about, sorry I don't want to mention his name of the Port Arthur massacre as we were there not long before it happened. I shudder when I hear about it. RIP to all those poor souls.
John Campbell, St Leonards.
Port Arthur rocked Tasmania
ON A beautiful autumn day on Sunday, April 28, an insignificant lone poor excuse for a human took it on himself to kill 35 innocent men, women and children and seriously injure 23.
As well as leaving witnesses and emergency service personnel a life of torment from what they had to deal with.
It rocked Tasmania to the core and changed Australia and the world forever.
All sides of politics have handled the aftermath and put in the support to affected families and the community of Tasmania.
Now someone wants to make a film out of this tragedy just to make money.
Nothing good is to be made out of this and the federal government must just say no, end of story.
James Russell, Norwood.
Shock over movie plans
AS SOMEONE who had close connections with the Port Arthur massacre, I am truly shocked to discover that Martin Bryant is to be portrayed in a movie about the cold blooded murder of 35 innocent people.
This is not an attempt to understand how and why the atrocity occurred.
This is about money and notoriety.
Many people suffered immensely from the events of that horrific day and are still hurting, including the camera crews and journalists called on to cover this day of shame for Tasmania. I certainly won't be paying to see any film based on the murder of 35 people. Your premier should have the guts to go on record and say this film won't be shown in Tasmania.