Trump and the Queen

Mercury (Hobart) - - OPINION - Colin Bur­ton Lachlan Trevor Moore Bag­dad

TRIUMPHALI­SM abounded when Don­ald Trump went to see the Queen! Amer­ica’s 45th Pres­i­dent was an­gelic, even say­ing some nice things. Later at the ban­quet, chan­de­liers sparkling, he and the Queen hit it off. Pomp and cer­e­mony was the or­der of the day. Make no mis­take, this was not about I love or hate Don­ald Trump week, but es­sen­tially about the al­liance between Bri­tain and the United States. This al­liance to which Aus­tralia be­longs is of vi­tal im­por­tance, es­pe­cially now when cer­tain non-demo­cratic pow­ers are on the rise. We must love one an­other or face the con­se­quences! equates to about $150 per pas­sen­ger a day. This dis­pels the myth that cruise pas­sen­gers ar­rive with­out pro­vid­ing lo­cal eco­nomic ben­e­fits. Cruise tourism in Tas­ma­nia is very small by na­tional and in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Care­ful plan­ning is im­por­tant and cruise lines are al­ready ac­tively en­gaged with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure they’re able to max­imise the ben­e­fits of cruising in a re­spon­si­ble way. How­ever, claims of over-tourism are com­pletely un­founded when dis­cussing the rel­a­tively small num­ber of cruise vis­i­tors in this part of the world, and Tas­ma­nia’s abil­ity to nur­ture jobs and cre­ate in­no­va­tive ex­pe­ri­ences for vis­i­tors will be in­creased as the cruise in­dus­try con­tin­ues to plan for fu­ture ac­tiv­ity in line with Tas­ma­nia, our des­ti­na­tion part­ner.

High­way short­falls

IT’S good to see the high­way through Bag­dad is now com­plete. We have what’s in essence a four-lane high­way only us­ing two lanes for 20km, no over­tak­ing ar­eas and now the speed limit is 80, it was 100. It’s only been open a few weeks and there are sev­eral pot­holes al­ready. Can’t we build roads in Tas­ma­nia?

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