Banks too big to care
WHAT is with banks nowadays? When I was growing up in the ’60s and ’70s your first purchase was usually a motor vehicle and if you had a permanent job there was no problem. If you want a loan today you practically have to sign over your firstborn to get the loan. If you have a bad credit rating there’s no chance of getting credit even if you go to smaller companies or credit unions.
They have gotten too big and just going for the almighty dollar for so-called profit to their shareholders and not thinking about who they are supposedly helping to get ahead in life.
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
FARMERS who are looking for fruit pickers should be aware that the unemployed are caught in a situation where initiative is demanded and penalised at the same time.
When people take up part-time or seasonal work, their Centrelink payment is clawed back. After paying income tax, this amounts to double taxation and financial discrimination. It would be easier, fairer and saner to abolish fortnightly income statements and clawbacks, and have an EOFY accounting.
This would improve the mental health of both recipients and staff, and save the government hundreds of millions in monitoring. Other groups would not tolerate the bigotry, harassment and scape-goating inflicted by sociopathic politicians. Businesses are always squealing about red tape.
How about showing solidarity with the unemployed?
Peter Needham, Bothwell.
COVID-19 economic effects
THE effect of the coronavirus on economies, both local and worldwide have been devastating and many industries have gone to the wall, but it seems that larger countries and organisations have responded with aggressive trade practices. China has boycotted some of our products because we dared to question how it all started.
Closer to home, while small businesses are struggling, large shopping chains are flooding our newspapers with advertising.
They even have the nerve to plaster their name all over the cover of our newspapers as if they were more important than worldwide news. Don’t they realise that such pushiness turns people off and can’t replace friendliness and good customer service?
Malcolm McCulloch, Pipers River.
Gel blaster toys conundrum
THESE toys are fun and educational for responsible teens to elderly people.
A safe and environmentally friendly gel comes out at the end. They’re much cheaper than paintballs and that’s why I became interested in the sport a couple of years ago. Seeing youth sitting on a couch playing CoD and GTA is at the detriment of their future health. Why we can’t have the same legislation Queensland has beats me.
I am all for doing an L-plater type thing in Service Tasmania to make sure you’re going to have these stored safely. I’m not interested in the real thing and if you’re going to be hunting or target shooting you pay much more for that privilege. All this is doing is creating division.
Robert Hall, Devonport.
Correct view of COVID-19
IF we keep listening only to the health professionals instead of taking a holistic view of COVID, we will end up with more deaths from suicide than the virus itself. Sweden was the only country to get it right.
Rod Force, Sandy Bay.
Tasmania fallow game deer
THE Greens want deer removed from WHA, yet they openly oppose firearm ownership and hunting. No doubt their misguided push to reclassify deer as feral too is their veiled attempt to use horrifically cruel 1080 poison and viruses. Learn your history, deer were gifted to Tasmania as game animals and deserve to have a partly protected status. Hunting conservation works, it just needs to be co-ordinated so hunters can access national parks.
James Pickin, Hobart.
Major Projects Bill power
MORE power stolen from the people to support short-sighted greed that will erode lifestyle and make us slaves to tourists.
David Dennis, Hobart.
Health system shame
PHILLIP Hall (The Examiner, August 27), I know just how you must have felt and the embarrassment incontinence people have to put up with but if you are on the public waiting list it’s a different setup.
We can’t just front up to emergency and expect to be treated.
I am on the waiting list as category one.
The letter I received from the hospital stated I would be notified within 30 days 40 days. Later my doctor rang to check how it was progressing and was informed I would be waiting eight months.
Maybe I will get my name in the back of The Examiner before then.
No worries Phillip, it’s a world-class health system alright.
Allan Slater, Ravenswood.
State prison visits via Skype
AS to the government’s point about high-risk prisoners being able to see their families more easily, I recently saw an interview with, I think, the head of prisons who said in this pandemic where prisoners could not have visitors, it was way more beneficial to have a zoom communication.
This way the dads or mums, or both, could be shown around the house and even into the kid’s bedrooms etc. No need to travel.
Marjorie Burrows, Westbury.
East Coast Information Centres
IF Glamorgan Spring Bay councillors do not realise the importance of tourism to the economy of East Coast communities and that the information centres are a fundamental element of the tourism industry they should resign or be sacked.