COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE
SO health insurance is due to increase this month and the feds won't do anything to stop it. Surely they realise that the more people have to pay the more are going to leave, putting more pressure on our public health system.
At the moment we pay $376.40 per month, one-quarter of our pension. If we didn't have some super we would be another statistic in the public system and if it goes up more we will probably drop the hospital side.
When our caring PM considers approving another rise for the funds he should consider pensioners and others who struggle to find the money for their health or to mention those on JobKeeper, JobSeeker or the like. For a Christian, he shows very little sympathy for those less fortunate than him.
He tells people he wants jobs for all and that's why he's reducing welfare payments.
He should realise that jobs aren't that easy to come by and not everyone can become a politician and have a life long pension.
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY NUMBERS
I NOTICED the Greens are advocating for Tasmania's House of Assembly to return to 35 seats (The Examiner, January 2).
Treasury has estimated a cost factor of ongoing $6.1 million a year plus a setup cost and a one-off $5.8 million.
If all our MPs give back the 40 per cent pay rise they gave themselves, supposedly because of the extra work they were burdened with, it could well be cost neutral.
Amazing that with the extra workload, some found the time to be on various committees, most of which are paid positions.
Ron Baines, Kings Meadows.
LACK OF PLANNING
LAUNCESTON, Launceston, once again I read with disappointment the negativity surrounding potential growth and development for the city with more obstacles being put in place regarding the development of the Fragrance Hotel complex.
Did our forefathers go through this unnecessary procrastination in testing and retesting everything before commencing a new building project?
I do not think so, as they simply did not have the technology and just got on with the job at hand, keen to see the city develop and progress. The beautiful buildings they built back then are still proudly standing in Launceston.
It is time for some Launcestonians to back off and stop trying to prevent development.
Development, which incidentally will mean work for hundreds of people as well as offering further accommodation options to our vital tourism industry.
Frank Upston, Launceston.
THE PUBLIC SQUARE
THERE are organised activists in our society who are determined to drive the Christian voice and influence out of the "public square". Their agenda is obviously to destroy any notion of there being a loving God who gave us moral laws to live by and once they have achieved that, they will then proceed to tell us what we can think, say, and what is morally acceptable.
Anyone who dares to disagree with them will be "attacked", rather than debated because their "make it up as they go" philosophies can't stand against the Biblical truth that has survived for thousands of years.
Are people of faith up for the fight?