POLITICAL DUE DILIGENCE
MANY would be encouraged to read the news Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie has vowed to revisit the trial sites covered by the government's controversial cashless debit card program (The Sunday Examiner, December 27).
Inevitably there will be many that consider the senator following the lead of her crossbench colleague senator Rex Patrick by going to the trial sites on fact-finding exercises to be both beneficial and admirable.
I would argue it is not incumbent on our elected politicians to do their due diligence when it comes to life-altering policies they are voting on?
When the time arrives for the Australian Parliament to vote on legislation governing the CDC, I am certain there will be many welfare recipients hoping the crossbench senators give the legislation that same due diligence and not use the legislation as political opportunism to further any political agenda they may or may not have.
Anthony Camino, Youngtown.
IGNORANT MOB MENTALITY
THERE'S a lot of people reading this won't agree but will be afraid to say so.
This attitude of naming and shaming simply introduces fear. The bride in Sydney wasn't an 'anti-vaxxer', she was simply a woman who wanted to get married and was frustrated by the system. People will become fearful of being dobbed in.
Australia will become like the old East Germany where even children at school were told to report on their parents.
You say that people must follow these rules but any discussion on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube on the efficacy of masks or social distancing is removed. This immediately makes intelligent, reasoning people suspicious.
Much of the reasoning put out by the media is illogical and unscientific and simply saying that it is science doesn't make it science. Your argument will appeal to those who are ignorant of the real science behind these rules and who have been whipped up into a frenzy of fear.
The media have let their readers down by appealing to the ignorant mob mentality.
Philip Braham, Acton.
TAMAR RIVER SILTATION
THE first step to reduce Tamar River siltation is to clean and remove all the old trees and debris from the North Esk, this will enhance flow and the natural movement will be assisted then arrange for the Hydro to release a heavy water flow from the Trevallyn into the outgoing tide to assist in the clearing of the boat anchorage area. It will also assist with flooding during winter months. It works, we did it every year when we had a farm that was bounded by a river. Clean it out in the summer and increase the natural flow of the water and silt removal.
Robert Greer, Norwood.
I CAN think of no better owner for this property than Errol Stewart (The Examiner, December 26). Mr Stewart has demonstrated over the years that he is a doer, one who gets the job done. I've had the pleasure over the last 16 years of living in a property rejuvenated by Mr Stewart, completely satisfied in every way. It will be exciting to follow what now happens with this most educationally historic property.
Dick James, Launceston.
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FAIR
"WE are one" is a small but important concession towards reconciliation.
We still have some way to go.
Compare: "Australians all let us rejoice for we are one and free. With golden soil and wealth for toil our home is girt by sea".
To: "We are one and we are many and from all the lands on earth we come. We share a dream and sing with one voice. I am. You are. We are Australian".
One song is alive with hope and vitality.
The other is mired in dreary, overblown 19th Century prose. If we want real change 'girt' and the rest of it has to go.
Tony Newport, Hillwood.
IT'S A VERY BAD IDEA
I AM against this proposal.
It's hard enough hunting with a rifle. In my hunting experience, you rarely get close enough for a bow and arrows to effectively and humanely dispatch a deer.
And I would question the accuracy of such a hunter.
Do not allow it.
Jeff Blackmore, Launceston.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
DAVID Broughton (The Examiner, December 28) quotes good, but old data to support his claim that CO2 emissions are not increasing the severity and frequency of some weather events.
Other research contradicts this proposition. In 2014, following on from the 5th IPCC report, Oxford University and other prestigious scientific institutions combined resources to study the attribution of climate change to the weather.
Their modelling shows that global warming can be linked to some weather events and that intensity is increasing. For example, the 2020 Siberian heatwave and 2019 tropical storm Imelda.
It is to be expected that frequency may not change much for some aspects of the weather. There are constraints on many cyclic earth systems that limit frequency variation.
Tides are an example of a natural system with a relatively fixed frequency but with multi-factorial variations in intensity.
Are there any atmospheric physicists out there who might like to explain what some of those weather-related constraints might be?