THE HIT 100.9FM DEBATE ... IS THERE A DOWN­SIDE TO MORE FLIGHTS TO AND FROM HO­BART?

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HIM PAUL HO­GAN This is go­ing to get ugly

BE­FORE you jump the gun and go cel­e­brat­ing the fact that we can all fly di­rect to the Gold Coast from Ho­bart air­port, pause for a mo­ment.

What this ac­tu­ally means is that there will be an in­va­sion. An in­va­sion of Queens­lan­ders.

Now don’t get me wrong. There are some gen­uinely great in­di­vid­u­als that have come from the Sun­shine State. But for every Steve Ir­win, Cathy Free­man and Mar­got Rob­bie there is also a Pauline Han­son, Clive Palmer and Bob Kat­ter.

If we start let­ting Queens­lan­ders in, specif­i­cally ones from the Gold Coast, we are re­ally open­ing up Pan­dora’s Box.

Well think about it! You know they won’t leave. They’ll out­stay their wel­come like a smelly un­cle from Launce­s­ton stuck to the fold­out.

Think about th­ese peo­ple. What are they ob­sessed with? High-rise, high-den­sity liv­ing on the wa­ter­front. They will set out to de­stroy our wa­ter­front. Do we re­ally want Sala­manca turned into the next Cav­ill Av­enue?

I’ve been to that place. And I’ve got the scars to prove it. I just don’t think that our wa­ter­front is quite ready for il­lu­sion shak­ers, drunken brawls and wet T-shirt com­pe­ti­tions.

And if the thought of overde­vel­oped McMan­sions isn’t enough for you, what about the white shoe bri­gade?

Have you ever seen what time Queens­land re­tirees get up and go for a “power walk”? Those blue and pur­ple-rinsed, overly tanned, shuf­flers march around at dawn like it’s a North Korean mil­i­tary ex­er­cise!

Now don’t get me wrong, I fully un­der­stand that we live in a global econ­omy.

The tourism dol­lar is vi­tally im­por­tant to the sus­tain­abil­ity of our fair city. But now that we have Mona, count­less world-class food and arts fes­ti­vals, along with some of the world’s most beau­ti­ful wilder­ness, can’t we just be a tad more se­lec­tive?

HER ES­THER WOODHAMS The dol­lars make sense

MY ‘BFF’ left Ho­bart six years ago and moved to the Gold Coast. I haven’t seen her since. Every time we at­tempt to book flights the cal­cu­la­tions sug­gest we’d have to take out a sec­ond mort­gage just to fund it. Never mind the two weeks’ leave it felt like I had to take just to get there. Once you add trans­fers to the mul­ti­ple flights and stopovers, it be­comes ap­par­ent it would be cheaper to travel to In­done­sia rather than Queens­land. Al­though, to be fair, it’s still not as long as trav­el­ling through Liver­pool St. Thank god for di­rect flights to the Gold Coast. The point of a hol­i­day is to es­cape ... and then to re­turn. I love a tan and a sunny cock­tail but can only main­tain a swamp butt for so long be­fore I’m beg­ging to get home. Like­wise Gold Coast­ers de­serve to freely en­joy Aus­tralia’s trendi­est city and all it has to of­fer ... be­fore re­mem­ber­ing life be­fore feath­er­down jackets and head­ing back north. You’re right Paul, some of our best known and best look­ing na­tional icons are from the Gold Coast. While you live in fear of im­ports such as Pauline Han­son, per­haps you for­get that we have Jac­qui Lam­bie? We’re sorted. In fact maybe we could prob­a­bly or­gan­ise a new politi­cian exchange sys­tem?

Be­fore Tassie es­tab­lished Mona and its place firmly on the in­ter­na­tional tourism map, you didn’t hear the other states screen­ing our res­i­dents at the bor­ders. Need I men­tion the dol­lars be­ing in­jected into the econ­omy?

Last year 1.2 mil­lion peo­ple vis­ited Tassie. Di­rect flights have en­hanced that. I failed maths, English and sci­ence. Re­gard­less, I can still cal­cu­late the end equa­tion.

Growth in tourism equals jobs, which equates to money. You know that stuff you have to hand over every time you pur­chase an­other tacky tat­too or Star Wars T-shirt Paul?

If we start let­ting Queens­lan­ders in, specif­i­cally ones from the Gold Coast, we are re­ally open­ing up Pan­dora’s Box. Gold Coast­ers de­serve to freely en­joy Aus­tralia’s trendi­est city and all it has to of­fer.

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