A DRUNKEN conversation between my great-grandfather and an over-opinionated leporid at the Launceston Club has caused so many problems.
Party primary votes: Liberal 155,079, Labor 89,341.
Such results, in any other Australian lower house, would have a government with a huge working majority and carte blanche to implement their legislative agenda.
Again it is up to Clark (electorate).
Also shattered over the unsuccessful run of Judas, oops, I meant Ms Hickey.
I love my old home state and the way it is flourishing, but minority governments fail and Tasmanians don't deserve to wallow in this uncertain malaise.
Jonathan Clark, Melbourne.
O'CONNOR'S BANTER OF HATE
I WAS sadly disappointed in Greens leader Cassy O'Connor's speech after the election. Instead of relishing in a reasonable result and highlighting plans for the future, she went on with banter of hate.
Both other leaders at least, whether successful or not, congratulated each other for a hard-fought and well-run campaign.
But not Ms O'Connor, she spent an extra-long address on poison and hate.
I am a strong Liberal supporter, however, have no animosity towards the Greens.
Their path is a noble one highlighting the need for climate change.
But the Greens leader's speech was venom-filled, far too long and totally out of place. Like many, I would rather hear their plans for the future and can they make a difference. Boring, hateful and unnecessary.
Thank you to both other leaders for their humble, informative, gracious, and civilised speeches.
Peter Doddy, Trevallyn.
I AM disappointed in the health restrictions placed on Agfest at 10,000 people per day. Did the bureaucrats consider that there will be 512 exhibitor stands at Agfest? That there is a minimum of two people per stand on average, some with many more.
That equates to well over 1000 exhibitors alone, these people will not be moving around and will be working in a sanitised environment.
It is therefore suggested that the number of tickets taken up by the public will be far less than 10,000 visitors moving around.
They can have 78,000 on one day at a football match in Melbourne, it doesn't stand to reasonable logic.
Bram Holland, Launceston.
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
OUR congratulations go to the students, staff and musicians from St Patrick's College who performed the High School Musical last week.
We applaud the cast who did such a beautiful production.
It was really hard to believe they were high school students and not professional stars from interstate.
It's awesome to see the dedication from each and every one as they rehearsed over the past 12 weeks.
Congratulations St Patrick's College on a wonderful performance.
Helen and Linden Hearps, Youngtown.
INDIA FLIGHT BAN
NOT allowing people to return to Australia from India during a pandemic is abominable. It seems that when it comes to border protection, goodness, integrity and justice are tossed out of the window.
Whether it's denying people who are fleeing persecution the right to seek asylum, or the current closing of borders to Australians who have ties with India, the Australian government is prepared to use any draconian methods available to achieve its objective. This includes the threat of imprisonment and substantial fines.
People arriving from overseas must already spend 14 days in quarantine, irrespective of which country they come from.
It should not be too difficult for the Commonwealth government to commission additional quarantine facilities for people who are fleeing a desperate situation.
Ed Sianski, West Moonah.
ASYLUM SEEKER COMPASSION
WHEN Launceston was founded, public floggings and hangings were a feature of daily life. They aimed to deter crime, and still Van Diemen's Land was a by-word for misery and depravity.
It took people of compassion like the Rev John West, a founder of The Examiner, and resolute leaders like Sir Richard Dry, who saw convictism at first hand, to convince the colonial government, and finally London, to end transportation. The vicious and vindictive system just didn't work.
We, as citizens, need to urge the government and opposition to end their policy on asylum seekers. It is expensive, unjust, brutal and secretive in operation.
Its impulse is to treat some individuals inhumanely in the belief it is for the greater good. It isn't. We become complicit in its injustice and inhumanity.
Mike McCausland, Riverside.
THE Liberals continue to destroy our state's greatest asset; its environment, its world-class and precious forests. And for what? Pathetic returns that in no way compare with what they offer us if they were preserved. What a bunch of destroyers. That's the thing about the right - it's all about money. That's all that matters.