OUR Tasmanian Director of Public Health, Dr Mark Veitch, has provided good, up-to-date health advice on COVID-19 for Liberal state Premier Peter Gutwein to make the right decisions.
No matter what your political leaning, this has allowed Tasmania to be in an enviable position. Social distancing measures have prevented further large lock downs. A great result.
Federal Liberal was fixated on a budget surplus and was caught unprepared. Most of their response has been unplanned and knee-jerk. Their push to reduce living standards for our most vulnerable continued even while the pandemic was rampant in Wuhan back in early January.
Aged care funding, along with pension increases and self-funded retirees’ income continued to slide. This left these people defenceless and the result has been truly horrible.
The razor gang has learnt nothing by already announcing there will be no pension increase next time it is due. There are billions on the table. Share it around more.
Clive Stott, Grindelwald.
Aged Care inquiry
THE report on the elderly homes in (The Sunday Examiner, August 23) leaves you with a sickening feeling. Never has it been exposed before, to this disgusting level of neglect. Not all but an overwhelming majority.
For the government run establishments it is a disgrace and for the privately run homes it is absolutely shameful. Poor management in the pursuit of profits, for these vulnerable souls, overriding care and compassion is beyond doubt the pits.
One elderly care centre even admits one nurse for 148 elderly patients. Unfortunately the elderly are without a voice and cannot complain.
There is no excuse, although the buck stops with Prime Minister Scott Morrison who is showing great leadership during this pandemic, he has been let down by a dithering incapable minister, Tasmania’s Richard Colbeck who needs to without question lose his portfolio.
These elderly citizens who have contributed so much to the shaping of our country with taxes and hard work, and who are now frail and defenseless need the care, respect and security of current governments in their twilight years.
This revelation is stain on Australian values. And those in charge and guilty of poor practices should be exposed and held to account. Thank god I still live in my own home.
Peter Doddy, Trevallyn.
TOGETHER with roadkill, comments about the extent of rubbish on Tasmania’s highways and byways are a frequent criticism made by tourists, yet our roads continue to be guilty on both counts.
Our scorecard for both roadkill and litter is high, and it does Tasmania no credit.
As well as being unsightly, the careless habit of tossing drink bottles, cans, cigarette butts, takeaway food containers, onto roadside verges creates a serious environmental and public health hazard.
Plastic pollution is poisoning our waterways and oceans, and the impacts on marine and aquatic life from ingesting plastic are shocking. It’s also a serious health risk for us.
Toxins and poisons leach into the soil from discarded rubbish and take decades to fully decompose.
Our food is being grown in this soil.
Tasmania markets itself on being clean and green.
Let’s ensure it is so with cleaned up roadsides free from rubbish.
Anne Layton-Bennett, Swan Bay.
I ABSOLUTELY agree with Lyons Labor MHR Brian Mitchell that it is totally unacceptable that commemorative medallions being issued to WWII veterans have been made in China. This is nothing short of an insult to our service men and women.
We have the skills in this country (and may I say, would be proud to produce such an item) to show gratitude to those who have served our nation.
It’s not too late for the government to admit they have got this one wrong, and source an Australian-made medallion for our wonderful Australians.
Nothing less than Aussie made, for Aussies who gave.
To our veterans – thank you.
Robert Lee, Summerhill.
HEALTH Minister Sarah Courtney has defended cutting hours at the Mersey Community Hospital’s emergency department (The Examiner, August 21).
Ms Courtney said “the reduced hours was because of difficulty getting locums”.
Open your purse a bit further Ms Courtney and start paying a mainland wage.
A. R Trounson, Needles.
Abuse in Sport
I HAVE just finished watching the spectators being escorted out of the ground after hurling abuse at a Sydney Swans player.
I agree that rules are there for the obvious reasons for the protection of the players and spectators but thing that concerns me are the players attitude and conduct.
It must be a worry to say that being a player nowadays, you can be hurt to the point of not continuing on with the game because someone called me a name and insulted me.
Are we getting too soft skinned for what people might call us and we get offended and can’t continue on with what we were doing?
I would like to see what the footy players of old would think of today’s action on the field
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
I FEEL so safe with the borders closed and praise the Premier for his wise decision.