A JOB WELL DONE
LEGALISING assisted dying in Tasmania is a great job done (The Examiner, March 6). After watching several family members struggle at the end of life fight it's a blessing for them as well as their family no one should have to struggle with dying a cruel death. Hands up for our government.
Tammy Barker, Mayfield.
LAW DOESN'T MAKE SENSE
HOW can you legislate this bill and force doctors to take a human life when they have promised to save lives? There is much talk against suicide, isn't this assisted suicide?
Kerry Hingston, Launceston.
WHAT ABOUT LIFE?
IN response to Rob Inglis' article (The Examiner, March 2) regarding the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Act.
I am so very thankful for the members of State Parliament who stand up for the lives of our most vulnerable.
This bill is awful. The fact that a bill enabling people to opt out of life and to enable others to end their life is tragic. I am truly saddened that as a state, we feel our only option for those struggling with mental or severe physical (including terminal) health issues is to help end the person's life.
It is saddening when someone tells us they no longer see value in their lives that we would endorse that evaluation as opposed to telling them that their life matters, every single minute of it. Thank you, Guy Barnett, Elise Archer and Michael Ferguson.
Alyssa Buist, Legana.
TIME TO BE TRUTHFUL
WHY is it that Liberal ministers Guy Barnett, Michael Ferguson and Elise Archer have made foggy legal statements against the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill?
Constituents can understand when a politician takes a stand on religious grounds - so why aren't these three telling it like it is?
Guy Barnett said: "We run the risk of creating a legal quagmire without approaching this debate with an abundance of caution".
Elise Archer wrote: "There is no denying this matter is complex and the advice provided by government agencies' only raises additional concerns for me, not least of which impact on our criminal law".
Not a mention of the fact that the religious affiliations of these three politicians prevent them from supporting the bill.
Give us some credit. We accept the impact of religious views. Be upfront. Treat us like intelligent human beings for a change. Or is there a reason religion can't be mentioned?
Politicians should be truthful with the people they expect to elect them.
Sharon Webb, Deloraine.
VACCINES ARE NECESSARY
IN REPLY to Paul Skelton's letter (The Examiner, February 23) regarding anti-vaxxers.
I agree with his view regarding these fools who just crave publicity.
I write as one who has had vaccinations for many things. I am 87 now and first had a vaccination in 1950 before going to sea.
Most of my life has been to parts of the world where vaccines were essential, and I am now awaiting my next vaccination.
For those idiots, fools, and brainless people, I would like them to remember the president's words: "Think not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".
P. Grout, Summerhill.
IT'S time to redirect the Duck Reach Power Station outflow to the Gorge mouth. Dredge and internalise the marina and yacht basin. Block set the North Esk below the bridge. Narrow the river from the George mouth to Tamar Island using large blocks. All wetlands will be retained by an internal lake system. Now it's up to the boffins.
Richard Dixon, Prospect.
OUTSIDE THE SQUARE
IF the captain of a ship has been accused by a crew member of sexual assault, it would be expected that she or he will be investigated by authorities who are outside the vessel. An Attorney-General, as the First Law Officer of the Crown, cannot fairly be investigated by the institutions that she or he presides over. There must be a separate, investigative body created to deal with what is a unique situation.
Ed Sianski, West Moonah.
GUTWEIN GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
IT HAS been very evident that COVID has supported the incumbent governments across the nation for those elections that have occurred.
However, the state government has done an OK job managing the pandemic. What plans do they have going forward? Nothing it seems. It seems as though you will have to wait until the elections to find out.
At least Tasmanian Labor has a plan for jobs and our future which will get our economy back on track, and build more houses for those who are homeless or at risk.
Adam Barnett, Perth.
RESIDENTIAL AGED CARE
I WELCOME Peggy Barker's comments (The Examiner, March 3) applauding the quality of care afforded our loved ones in aged care facilities in our region.
Contrary to the recent media defence of the reported criticism of quality care in the industry I can only relate to the high standards afforded to my wife Margaret when resident at a prominent South Launceston facility for 22 months.
In general, the property is modern, very well furnished and equipped for the needs of its residents.
But, of course, it all depends on the staff who administer the services required.
To this end, I am forever grateful to the nurses, carers, lifestyle staff and management who constantly devoted their efforts to the well being of those in their care.