Respect, not perception
THERE seems to be no limit to the imagination of highly paid advisers in their quest to make political masters look good. Consider the stupidity over the Armistice centenary. After the effort to have veterans acknowledged on plane flights, as they do in the US, was dismissed as unnecessary by veterans, a plan has been hatched to award a medal to mothers of the fallen. Hobartians have our bridge at the Domain that serves no practical purpose, destroys vistas of the river at the Cenotaph and is ridiculously expensive. But it makes our politicians look good. Consider the cost: a third-world national power grid, crumbling infrastructure and the rise of China in the Pacific, which seems to have surprised Canberra. We should commemorate the service of our veterans with respect and sensitivity and not disrespect them by political pointscoring.
Stirring up trouble
HERE we go again, the greens stirring up trouble against another industry. They won on our forestry industries and put people out of work and financially ruined others. Now they are aiming at the fish farm industry. How many lives will they ruin if they manage to destroy this industry? How petty are the greens to campaign to have status of sustainability removed. Next they will aim at tourism and cruise ships. They are never happy unless they are stopping what is creating jobs and a future for this state.
Good faith pay talks
AS a former practitioner of the sometimes arcane art of industrial relations, I have been astonished at the amateurish approach of the State Government to the
Watch out for heritage
THE proposed redevelopment of the Welcome Stranger site shows us a very unwelcome stranger. That stretch of Davey St is one of the most important streetscapes we have. The development is overwhelming and looks like huge boxes on end. We welcome development but it must respect the streetscape and scale of our heritage areas. People are drawn here by our wonderful heritage, yet much of the development threatens to destroy this and make Hobart much less of a drawcard. Increasing residential density in the inner city is vital to the city’s revival. Bad planning in the past has seen so much of the inner north given over to the motor industry which should be in industrial zones. Well-designed, dense, reasonably scaled housing would help Hobart’s problems and economy. Naturally developers want to take advantage of the boom. This is good, but the council needs a strategic plan for the city as a whole that protects its special asset.