SOMETHING MORE MEANINGFUL
PRIME Minister Scott Morrison's recent changes to the wording of Australia's national anthem which he claims is more ''inclusive of Aboriginal people'' is laughable.
Before the British invasion of Aboriginal lands and the establishment of a new white nation, an Aboriginal nation existed and still exists in this country.
Aborigines have never agreed to be part of the new white nation.
The words ''for we are one and free'' ignore Aboriginal sovereignty, promotes assimilation and further supports the racist idea that to live in Australia you must live and act like white people and fit into the white nation.
This one nation type approach further divides the country and ignores Aboriginal identity and history.
If the Prime Minister was sincere in his inclusion of Aboriginal people he would be developing a treaty with Aborigines, scrapping the wording of the national anthem altogether, and replacing it with the lyrics of Yothu Yindi's hit song Treaty.
Nala Mansell, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre campaign co-ordinator.
100 PER CENT SUPPORTIVE
IN RESPONSE to debate about bow hunting and fallow deer control in Tasmania, I am 100 per cent in support for this.
Hunters are very disciplined and there have been very few hunting accidents nevertheless resulting in deaths.
Hunters bring huge benefits to the community both directly and indirectly.
These benefits include billions of dollars injected into the Australian economy, additional jobs, increased tourism, licence fees, the list goes on. Indirectly hunters have better health and fitness resulting in less health care expense for the community.
Hunting also provides a great social opportunity and network for people in particular men who would otherwise not have this social opportunity.
The increase in social opportunity builds community and reduces mental health conditions. Hunters and their friends also benefit from a healthy, organic, free-range meat source. Which is also environmentally friendly and sustainable.
We must support hunting and hunters in any way we can.
Phillip Kolera, Ipswich.
STRANDED WITH LITTLE HELP
THIS week on the gravel road from St Helens to Ansons Bay I was travelling with my daughter and my three grandchildren aged five, two and one.
We had a flat tyre and were about five to six kilometres out of Ansons Bay. Several cars drove straight past us, even though we had our hazard lights on.
It was raining very heavily so we didn't stand outside just assumed, incorrectly, that someone would stop to ask if we were OK.
A lady stopped but by then we had managed to get help from two local Launceston men. They went out of their way in the mud and heavy rain to change our tyre and see us safely on our way. Shame on all those people who would drive past and not even ask if we needed help.