NORTH DESERVES EVENTS
NO Christmas parade in Launceston, no Festivale in February, other events cancelled, yet in Hobart they are having their food festival after Christmas, and are talking up having an important cricket match down there. Go figure.
I guess nothing can impede these necessary get-togethers such as cricket (scandal-ridden though it is) or football where it all seems to be about close contact.
Fair's fair. If Hobart can enjoy these things why can't we up North?
Glennis Sleurink, Launceston.
PAINE TREATED POORLY
CRICKET Australia, so-called cricket experts in the media and the keyboard warriors need to be ashamed of themselves.
All your negative comments have caused Tim Paine to take extended leave from all forms of cricket.
There is no doubt he was in the wrong in the text scandal but he was cleared of any wrongdoing by Cricket Australia.
He was given the captaincy of the Australian cricket team when it was at its lowest point after sandpapergate and helped the team achieve respect again in the cricket world after a long, hard road.
Now when he needs support all he is getting is negative comments from the majority of pundits. One little mistake and he is discarded and treated with disrespect.
The pressure on him also affects his family and friends but no one seems to care.
Tim, be assured you do have people that support you and admire you and are as disgusted as I am at the way you have been treated. From a national cricketing hero to the cricket rubbish heap, talk about the tall poppy syndrome.
Alan Leitch, Austins Ferry.
RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION BILL
ALTHOUGH requiring further scrutiny, I welcome the government's Religious Discrimination Bill.
The bill is needed because people of faith are increasingly facing hostility, cancel culture and legal action for making reasonable statements of faith, whether in the workplace, privately or online.
The bill at least will allow faith-based institutions such as churches, schools, hospitals, aged care facilities and charities to employ staff who support the ethos of the organization rather than employ someone potentially hostile to their organisation.
Even a club or political party would expect the freedom to do the same.
The bill however appears not to deal with the overreach of employers into employees' private speech; the misuse of hate speech laws against religious expression; threats to churches from conversion laws banning prayer and counselling for unwanted same-sex attraction, and increasing attacks on the right of Christian schools to operate according to the doctrines, beliefs and teachings of their faith.
Hopefully the senate will take the opportunity to accommodate these reasonable requests.
Rod Force, Sandy Bay.
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