Banish those who refuse to isolate
THERE have been reports of people refusing to isolate after they test positive for COVID-19. I would like to suggest that those who refuse to isolate and protect others in the community be transferred to Christmas Island Detention Centre. It is sitting empty, has a nice location and is easy to make sure people do quarantine. People who refuse to be isolated when positive are possibly committing murder if they pass on the virus. When AIDS was still a major concern people who knowingly passed it on were charged with manslaughter, why not those who deliberately and selfishly pass on COVID.
Peter Godfrey, Nunumara.
ABC funding cuts a shame
IN RECENT years Australia has suffered from a series of disasters, not only to the environment in the form of droughts, bushfires and floods but also from the social upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is even more vital therefore that we have a broadcaster upon whom we can totally rely (particularly in emergency situations) to supply us with up to date information based on stringent and unbiased research, plus quality drama and locally-based programs.
It is a tragedy therefore that the ABC continues to be severely underfunded by the federal government, with the resultant loss of over one thousand positions in the past few years while over the same period Foxtel has received $40 million.
Estelle Ross, Riverside.
Casualisation of the workforce
THE thoughtful observations from Adam Holmes (The Examiner, August 1) on workforce problems and casualisation on the young deserves praise as it stands out against the usual analysis.
It has been casualisation that has most damaged the prospects of the young but it has also had wider systemic effects through underpaid wages, poor conditions and inadequate training. This has directly caused the problems with the Victorian hotel quarantine and nursing homes in Victoria and NSW at a huge social cost. The solution from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is even more ‘flexibility’ – read casualisation – more of the same dead hand on the lives of all but particularly the young.
Michael Powell, Springfield.
Sharks and seals correlation
YOU don’t have to be a marine scientist to realise that swimmers and surfers look like seals to sharks. (Scientists comparing how seals, swimmers and surfers move through the water, The Sunday Tasmanian, August 2).
A shark sees an object swimming, floating, whatever and takes it for food until it takes a bite, deciding then whether to continue biting or it doesn’t like the taste. That is why there have been many reports of sharks biting boats; they are tasting to see if it is their natural food.
While swimming in the ocean is going into the shark’s kitchen with all its inherent dangers, it also has to be remembered that it is their natural environment and until proven otherwise to them, everything is edible.