NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO SUFFER
THERE is another pandemic other than COVID-19 that has been, still is and will continue across Australia unless all levels of government and the community take steps to stop it.
That pandemic is called domestic violence and many women and children suffer physical, physiological and in far too many cases death.
However, there is another group victims of domestic violence and they are men.
Like general and mental health, men don't report domestic violence as they see it as a sign of weakness if they come forward and seek help.
Similarly reporting harassment and sexual assault in the workplace is not reported for the same reason.
There is an enormous amount of resources for women and children seeking assistance from domestic violence, though there could be a lot more, as it still happens far too frequently and obviously the message is not getting through that it is not acceptable.
However, there should be more done and offered to men to come forward for help and encouraged not to see it as a sign of weakness, but seeking assistance in a situation that they shouldn't have to suffer.
Not one person in our national community should have to tolerate or suffer domestic violence.
Alan Leitch, Austins Ferry.
ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY
IT is interesting that whilst China has attacked our agricultural industries by imposing huge tariffs on our products, China continues to willingly import every gram of iron we can make available.
China has embarked on a massive program of arms production: will our iron form the backbone of a future attack on our democracy?
Malcolm Neilson, Bellerive.
HISTORY IN THE POLLS
I WANT to congratulate Premier Peter Gutwein on a successful state election campaign and an outstanding personal result at the polls. Looking at voting figures from previous Tasmanian elections it is interesting to note Mr Gutwein has achieved the highest primary vote ever in an election for the House of Assembly.
Mr Gutwein's personal tally in Bass already stands at more than 31,000 votes, with counting still continuing.
This is a huge vote of confidence in the premier by almost half of Bass constituents.
The previous highest individual vote winner was former Liberal Premier Will Hodgman with 27,184 votes in Franklin at the 2018 state election, the Tasmanian Parliamentary website shows.
Since 1959, no candidate has received more than 30,000 votes in a House of Assembly election before now.
Only five people have topped 20,000 personal votes since 1959. Will Hodgman achieved this feat in 2010, 2014 and 2018; ALP's Doug Lowe received 24,971 votes in Franklin at the 1979 election; former Liberal Premier Robin Gray received 21,615 votes in Lyons in 1986; former ALP Premier Jim Bacon received 21,391 votes in Denison (now Clark) in 2002; and now we have Peter Gutwein's result.
Mr Gutwein has more than doubled his personal vote from the 2014 and 2018 elections, with his handling of the COVID-19 crisis certainly stamping him as a strong and decisive leader.
However, Mr Gutwein's leadership as Treasurer since 2014 has surely played a big part in his voter approval.
He has built a strong and resilient Tasmanian economy, which helped us successfully weather the pandemic.
Only a strong Tasmanian economy can generate the revenue to meet the growing challenges in public health and create employment and wealth.
Senator Wendy Askew, Liberal Senator for Tasmania.
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