GET PAPERS IN ORDER
I AM staggered, but not surprised, that state governments cannot get together and ensure people can't travel by air to another state without the correct paperwork during COVID.
It shouldn't be hard after 20 months.
Common sense for highly paid public servants.
Alternatively, if a person deliberately flies to Tasmania (despite a big sign at the departing airport, and the message reinforced over the intercom on the plane before the door is shut), there should be a $50,000 fine for entering illegally without the correct COVID paperwork.
Additionally, if a person leaves their hotel during their 14 days of quarantine, they should be immediately sent to Morinville, the old quarantine station on Bruny Island, until the next rotation of park volunteers finds them.
M House, Launceston.
WHO'S RUNNING THE SHOW?
HOW does Someone escape hotel quarantine, and who is in charge?
Michael Robinson, Beauty Point.
SORRY STATE OF AFFAIRS
I WAS dismayed that another person has gotten into Tasmania, and this latest one without a G2G pass.
My question is, why are airlines letting them even get on the plane?
Hasn't the federal government given these airlines the authority to not let them on the plane without the pass?
If they are not given authority to stop this, why isn't a federal police person on duty to observe the boarding of every passenger onto planes to check them out?
We don't want the virus down here in Tasmania.
To date we have been kept safe, and rather smug that we are kept safe.
We all know that the medical system/hospitals are under stress now and would never cope.
There are certain individuals who just think that they are smart and won't do what they should.
Robin Walker, South Launceston.
VALE GRAEME PAINE
VALE Graeme Paine of the Old Nick Company, and icon of the Uni Revue for many decades.
His various appearances were eagerly awaited at the annual, aforementioned revue season, staged at the Theatre Royal in Hobart, and later at the Princess Theatre, Launceston.
Graeme has handed the love letter of theatre to his children, each travelling in different directions, seeking their own holy grail for the stage and arts.
He will be sorely missed by members of the arts community and audiences alike, but Graeme's talent was not always confined to the indoor theatre.
His impromptu, sideline commentary at university football oval games were cameo appearances not to be missed by supporters of the outdoor theatre.
Thank-you, Graeme for the unforgettable memories, and making a difference in people's lives - an outstanding legacy.
Kenneth Gregson, Swansea.
VOUCH FOR OUR SAFETY
I HOPE these interstate travel vouchers are only going to be available to people who have been double vaccinated and have negative COVID tests.
Once again the state government is trying their hardest to bring COVID to Tasmania.
Why don't tourist operators offer a reduced rate to Tasmanian residents instead?
I am sure that would be better than having empty motels, resorts and caravan parks and risking COVID coming to Tasmania.
Roger Lockhart, Longford.
LOWER THE LIMIT
I WRITE in support of Annabel Richards (The Examiner, October 12) call for a reduction in speed limits to save lives and express scepticism at some of the wild and incorrect claims by Robert Stonjek (The Examiner, October 13) that because cars are crawling around at 80km/h, people pay less attention, and so accidents can go up.
And that speed limit reductions cause traffic congestion.
On Tasmanian back roads?
Where does he get this from?
These claims are nonsense.
Most back roads in Tasmania with tight bends and bumpy surfaces are unsafe at 80km/h, yet carry a speed limit of 100km/h, which only encourages inexperienced drivers to drive at the limit.
Annabel is right, speed limits in Tasmania need to be reduced by 10km/h (at least) to save lives. The government needs to take the lead on this and challenge why people like Mr Stonjek would want speed limits to remain at dangerously high levels
Mark Westfield, East Launceston.
AS VICTORIA and New South Wales slowly emerge from pandemic lockdowns, what will be the mental health effects on society members who have adapted to the lockdown paradigm as the new normal?
Kenneth Gregson, Swansea.
TRIP NOT WORTH THE RISK
WE ARE canceling our proposed six-week trip to Tasmania booked for early in the New Year. This would have been our fifth trip to Tasmania and we are both double vaccinated but the 90 per cent vaccination requirement by the Tasmania government makes the trip too uncertain.