I SUPPORT Max Wells, who sensibly asks what right the Nationals have to prevent climate action and deny our children a better future. (The Examiner, October 22).
Young Australians are increasingly anxious and outraged about worsening global heating, and rightly so.
Across every electorate in Australia, including coal-mining regions, a clear majority of voters want increased climate action (Australian Conservation Foundation Climate Poll, 2021).
Science now demonstrates that we need decisive action this decade, but neither the Coalition nor the federal Labor Party have a credible plan for emissions reductions before 2030.
Federal politicians are out of touch with their own constituents and are demonstrating their moral incompetence.
It is a disappointing state of affairs.
Thankfully, state governments are showing some leadership.
As voters we must keep putting pressure on our elected representatives for action on climate. Our children are relying on us.
IN RESPONSE to correspondence from Max Wells (The Examiner, October 22) asking what divine right do the Nationals have to deny his children and grandchildren a better future through their climate change inactions, may I respectfully ask the following:
Are the climate change inactions practiced by the Chinese and Indian governments not a greater risk to his family?
Any arguments that they are developing countries should not mitigate their responsibilities towards Earth's future inhabitants.
May I also respectfully suggest, if able, he may like to source some of the scientific papers or books written about the subject of elliptical orbit and their impact on climate change by Michael E Wysession, a professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
Also worth a read are scientific papers on the phenomenon of Milankovitch cycles and the effects of changes in Earth's movements on its climate over thousands of years.
THANK-YOU to Dr Fiona Reynolds and Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton for sharing their journey. Lindy has survived half of her life living with the trauma of the death of her daughter Azaria and her daughter Kahlia being taken from her. My question to Lindy was going to be, how did she survive prison?
Lindy's strength, trust in faith, being innocent, and being a model prisoner who helped so many, and her ability to pick up the pieces and live a rewarding, fulfilling life, answered my question.
THE management at Boag's brewery may be concerned about forthcoming container deposit legislation, but my main concern is that the deposit paid should easily return to the person who paid the deposit.
If the deposit doesn't return to the original person, then the scheme would simply be a tax that achieves little, with no incentive not to chuck containers in the recycling bin currently provided.
Should we clean and accumulate rubbish waiting for a Good Samaritan to visit, or drive to a refund centre no matter the distance?
DICK James (The Examiner, October 21) says upward rather than outward is the key to supplying much-needed housing. Has he not noticed that none of the recent upward proposals for Launceston CBD has been for housing in any way?
We do need better housing and medium density (up to four floors) would be a good way to go if done well. But is there enough money in four floors for developers, who make more money sprawling single houses into our orchards and vineyards or shoving as many hotel/office floors as can be squeezed into a CBD planning scheme?
DICK James raises a valid point - that with an expanding population, soon there will be no choice but to build upwards rather than outward to provide residences for the growing population.
Nowhere is this more obvious than at Legana, where the last commercial apple orchard is about to disappear in favour of yet another residential estate.
However, Mr James misses the point that it has nothing to do with proposed high-rise development in Launceston.
As far as I am aware, there have been no development applications lodged with Launceston City Council for high-rise residential accommodation within inner Launceston.
If there were, providing they were within the five-storey limit, as recommended in the 2011 Gehl Architects Report, commissioned by and provided to Launceston City Council, I doubt there would be any opposition to such a proposal.
RACT chief advocacy officer Garry Bailey, formerly chair of the Road Safety Advisory Committee, knows lowering the speed limit on roads does not work. Just request a copy of the Kingston trial, which failed to produce the required result. Be careful. Once lowered, it will never return.
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