Worth lis­ten­ing to this man

Mercury (Hobart) - - LETTERS -

JOHN Kelly’s devel­op­ment of the State Cin­ema cre­ated the jewel in the crown of North Ho­bart. The State Cin­ema at­tracts a wide de­mo­graphic who ap­pre­ci­ate the wide range of films, the re­laxed style and el­e­gance of the State Cin­ema.

As pres­i­dent of North Ho­bart Traders As­so­ci­a­tion Mr Kelly has high­lighted the park­ing prob­lems of North Ho­bart that are ad­versely af­fect­ing all busi­nesses in the area. Will the Ho­bart City Coun­cil act on this ad­vice from a per­son who has clearly demon­strated his un­der­stand­ing of how to suc­ceed in busi­ness?

El­iz­a­beth Os­borne North Ho­bart

Lis­ten to prison warn­ing

PETER Hoult’s let­ter about un­der­fund­ing of Ris­don prison and the sig­nif­i­cant cost of op­er­at­ing a rea­son­ably re­sourced prison built at West­bury was in­for­ma­tive, and timely (Let­ters, Novem­ber 15), as yes­ter­day’s re­port makes clear, Ris­don prison re­mains un­der re­sourced (“Prisons failed to pre­dict de­mand,” Mer­cury, Novem­ber 20). Doubt­less, read­ers will re­call reg­u­lar crit­i­cism of the in­ad­e­quate re­sourc­ing of the Ris­don prison by unions and oth­ers in re­cent years. Why would a prison built at West­bury be dif­fer­ent?

R.J. Walker Moonah

Wild trout spe­cial

I READ “Trout, chop­pers, no easy fix” (Let­ters, Novem­ber 18) with in­ter­est. Trout are part of what makes Tas­ma­nia’s pris­tine WHA great, a fan­tas­tic wild fish­ery. Tas­ma­nian an­glers will strongly re­sist any at­tempt to lessen or de­grade the sta­tus of our Tas­ma­nian wild brown trout by any group, or­gan­i­sa­tion or po­lit­i­cal party. Trout fish­ers will not let the sta­tus of our mag­nif­i­cent trout be eroded like it has been with our wild fal­low deer.

S. Broadby Bel­lerive

Step up for kids

AN­OTHER Global Cli­mate Strike has been called for Novem­ber 29, but our kids are in the mid­dle of ex­ams so can­not take it on. Why should they do all the heavy lift­ing — aren’t we leav­ing them enough trou­ble? Let’s step up as grand­par­ents (and par­ents, aun­ties, un­cles, teach­ers etc) and sup­port them by run­ning this strike with them and turn­ing out.

As a GP, even if there were not the dif­fi­cul­ties at the Royal Ho­bart Hospi­tal, I know early in­ter­ven­tion is best. We can keep peo­ple out of hospi­tal with good pre­ven­tive care, but how about our planet? We are al­most out of time for in­ter­ven­tion in the cli­mate emer­gency and this is be­yond pol­i­tics. Ac­tion is our only hope. Come with me to Par­lia­ment Lawns at 12.30pm and send a strong mes­sage that we are re­ally wor­ried about our grand­chil­dren’s fu­tures. We will not ac­cept treat­ing our protests as worse than caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm or grand theft.

Clare Smith Glebe

Rid­ers and driv­ers, unite

READER Gor­don Williams hits the nail on the head (Let­ters, Novem­ber 20). We will never re­move cy­clists from roads, just as we will never re­move cars. Mo­torists and cy­clists should be united in ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture, cre­at­ing a safer en­vi­ron­ment for peo­ple on bikes and bet­ter traf­fic flow for peo­ple in cars. Why not leg­is­late at state and coun­cil level that ev­ery new road and road up­grade through­out the state must pri­ori­tise safe bi­cy­cle lanes as part of the pro­ject?

Wes­ley Sparks Moonah

Face-offs and in­sults

SUE Hickey’s Talk­ing Point hits sev­eral nails on the head with one mas­ter­ful blow (“Small House equals smaller ideas,” Novem­ber 20). Wedg­ing, putting party in­ter­ests be­fore the public in­ter­est, all MPs to toe the party line what­ever they or their con­stituents think is right, over­loaded there­fore in­ef­fi­cient min­is­ters, all add up to small ideas and in­com­pe­tent leg­is­la­tion. Part of the prob­lem is cer­tainly the shrunken House but be­yond that Sue ques­tions the West­min­ster sys­tem, where govern­ment and op­po­si­tion face off and in­stead of de­bat­ing is­sues in the public in­ter­est, as was the in­ten­tion, hurl in­sults in shout­ing matches in be­hav­iour that wouldn’t be tol­er­ated in other in­sti­tu­tions.

But there are al­ter­na­tives, New Zealand’s multi-party sys­tem be­ing a shin­ing ex­am­ple, as Sue points out. Other ex­am­ples are some Scan­di­na­vian sys­tems and the use of cit­i­zens’ assem­blies. The truly sad thing is that those who could fix our sys­tem are the very ones who are least likely to do it: our party politi­cians.

John Biggs Sandy Bay

Green men more likely

FOR decades, head­lines have es­poused joy­ous rev­e­la­tions of bridges, ca­ble cars, mono­rails, tun­nels, footy teams, hos­pi­tals, fer­ries, you name it, and I won’t even men­tion Mac­quarie Point. Yet here we are, less than nine weeks from the dawn­ing of 2020 and what do we see? Traf­fic gridlock, coun­cil and water rates in­creas­ing way be­yond in­fla­tion, stupid park­ing me­ters, ob­scene hospi­tal wait­ing lists, hous­ing chaos, divi­sion ev­ery­where, as un­funded public ser­vice su­per­an­nu­a­tion and pen­sion schemes and politi­cian and coun­cil salaries grow fat­ter and fat­ter, while none of the projects see the light of day. I reckon they’ll dis­cover lit­tle green men on Mars be­fore any of these head­lines get en­tered into the Tassie score­book as facts. I’ll cer­tainly never live to see ei­ther event!

Steve Bai­ley Glenorchy

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