LETTERS: ‘Fast train needed to spur regions’
It’s clear from the impact of COVID on the airline industry, and the challenge in providing regional services, that a very fast train service linking regional areas with major capital cities along the eastern coast of Australia is well overdue.
Air travel is expensive, uses large quantities of fuel and struggles to meet the needs of regional areas.
A dedicated fast train would open up tourism opportunities, could provide greater connectivity to major regional centres with links to smaller ones, and reduce the reliance on road and air travel.
When major infrastructure projects are needed to be considered to create jobs after COVID, a very fast train system from Melbourne to Cairns is well overdue to be on the national agenda.
A fast train network in Queensland would likewise open up regional areas to new opportunities and lessen the reliance on overly expensive regional air services.
Joe Jurisevic, Tewantin
LOSING STAND ON COVID
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk proclaimed she would “stare down those people who are trying to tear Queensland apart”.
“Now if it means I have to lose the election, I will risk all of that if it means keeping Queenslanders safe. I will always stand up for what I believe to be right in this state,” she added.
It seems our Premier has become emotional of late in regard to criticism she and her Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young have rightly received in regard to her government’s tough border lockdown.
I do not condone the death threats allegedly received by Dr Young but I cannot help but question her reasons for going public about those threats.
Is it because she wants to garner sympathy from the Queensland public after receiving heavy criticism of her decisions for permitting movie stars and AFL players to enter the state and quarantine in accommodation of their choosing when she would not give a young woman from the ACT the opportunity to attend her father’s funeral?
Or is it because Dr Young now realises her decision was wrong in all respects?
In the meantime, Premier Palaszczuk has attempted to give the impression that she is tough and resolute and showing leadership even though she has already given her reason why she may have already lost the election by announcing the excuse she has for her government’s monumental failures during five years in government as “standing up for Queenslanders and keeping them safe during the COVID-19 crisis”.
Michael Shaw, Noosaville
PLEA FOR SYMPATHY
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s admission that she is willing to lose the election if it means she continues with her border lockdown appears to be a plea for a sympathy vote.
No one would envy her position at this time, but she was chosen Queensland’s leader at the last election and her decisions have an effect on every one of us, whether they are decisions emanating from the Chief Health Officer, or her own.
The election is in the near future – it will take care of itself.
Meanwhile, perhaps she needs to learn to be more consistent.
Claire Jolliffe, Buderim