TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL
My wife and I are more of those 100-plus Tasmanians that are stranded in NSW, unable to return home to Bicheno. We were originally going to home quarantine, but this option was lost on July 24 with our G2G pass being denied.
Now we are up to our fifth G2G application and our bank account is rapidly being depleted paying for accommodation and living expenses in a rural, COVID-free NSW town.
Losing faith in our country and leaders when individuals continue to be denied entry to their own state, denied access to their own home and possessions and not trusted to do the right thing and home quarantine.
As a former police officer, rescue firefighter and teacher in both NSW and Tasmania it's a huge kick in the guts to have been a once respected and trusted member of society to be now treated like a criminal or illegal alien.
Technology has existed for years to monitor people in home detention and we now have Apps to do same. But myself and many others have been pushed aside and into the too hard basket. Shame Australia, shame.
Russell Locke, Bicheno.
FANTASTIC to see the Gutwein Liberal government living up to its pre-election promise to fund a $4 million, two-year dredging program o clean up the upper reaches of the kanamluka/Tamar Estuary in the latest budget (The Examiner, August 27).
It will be even more fantastic to see the work actually taking place and see similar dredging funding commitments in future budgets - at least until such times as the 64 per cent of sediment sourced from the catchments which ends up in the estuary has been significantly reduced.
One looks forward to learning more in respect of the promised $4 million "governance group". Hopefully it will be a truly independent body comprising knowledgeable and practical people to give it credibility and integrity.
Jim Collier, Legana.
A RESPECTFUL SUGGESTION
In calling for the COVID vaccine to be made mandatory in the event of a future outbreak of COVID in Tasmania. Susan Goebel, (The Examiner, August 26) is there not the potential to create a multiple tired society? For some individuals the choice of whether to forego receiving the vaccine is not always about an individual's likes or dislikes.
There will be many people who will have major health concerns with one or both vaccines. Think of those with underlying cardiac issues and those with underlying clotting issues.
While I fully appreciate the multitude of conundrums faced by both governments and communities throughout the pandemic, I will respectfully suggest, if some in the community have limitations placed on their ability to live their normal lives based on their inability to have a vaccine on medical grounds, which is inevitable.
The virus has an alleged civilized civilization on the ropes.