NOT CATERING FOR TOURISTS
It’s obvious to Blind Freddy that, of course, those bringing their car will travel further and spend more.
If Tasmania actually catered for tourists we would have trains and tours to explore our glorious state.
Shame our government does not have the fortitude to do something for our state. Tassie is so backward. How does one go to Mt Wellington without a vehicle?
Jillian Jones, National Park
HELPING INDUSTRY RECOVERY
The federal Liberal government is demonstrating why the Australian public placed their faith in them at the last federal election. The initiative is significant, and comes in the form of an additional subsidy for vehicular traffic on the Bass Strait T-T ferries.
The subsidy translates to a saving of $240 for a return journey (Adv., Jan 7). The subsidy initiative addresses how the coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism industry in Tasmania in an unprecedented way. The cold hard reality is expressed in the form of the Spirit of Tasmania bookings dropping by 85 percent.
To illustrate the federal government’s approach, Assistant Minister for Industry Development Jonno Duniam states: “This new boost will bring more travellers to our island, providing the kick start to 2021 that we need to rebuild tourism”.
This initiative is the key approach to begin tourism recovery, and further, the feds are already considering extending the time frames involved.
Paris Shacklock, Devonport
Both Labor and Liberals have benefited for years from overly generous political donations from certain businesses and industry groups.
It would be naive to think conditions aren’t attached to such generosity.
It’s also widely accepted that the last state election was “bought” for the Liberals by a gambling industry determined to ensure pokie machines would remain in pubs and clubs, despite a weight of evidence that has shown pokies to be socially harmful, and economically irresponsible.
Our democracy has been corrupted as a result of a system that has failed to put a cap on political donations, and where many months pass before the identity of the donors is known.
Donations should be capped at no more than $1000 and the voting public has the right to know immediately who has donated how much, and to whom.
Mr Gutwein has delayed releasing the report into political donations for well over a year. No prizes for guessing why.
Anne Layton-Bennett, Swan Bay
WHAT ABOUT BLM PROTESTS?
Richard Herr was horrified about the riots in Washington DC (Adv., Jan. 8).
Have you conveniently forgotten about the six months of riots by Black Lives Matter with 12 lives lost and $2 billion in damages? As to fascism that is the claim of BLM plus their communist manifesto.
Don’t get me wrong. I think both of these incidences were wrong and unacceptable, but you cannot condemn one without the other. Let us call out things because truth demands it and not just when it is in keeping with our own personal morality or political beliefs.
Johanna Kenzie, Latrobe
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