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I refer to your story on Kim Green (The Examiner, February 8) and, as a disabled scooter rider, I sympathize with Mr. Green. Having pre-arranged disabled taxi transport, I had a similar experience after attending the recent Test Match in Hobart. After the game I contacted the driver directly to arrange a collection point and was informed that he was too far away and would not come. The taxi company said they had no other taxis available. After doing the right thing and booking in advance, how would even an able-bodied taxi customer, let alone a disabled customer, feel if they found themselves without transportation, late at night and away from home with no other means of transportation? READ MORE: School-related teenage self-harm Fortunately, I managed to arrange alternative transport by a wonderful driver from another taxi company, who picked us up from Glenorchy. If that hadn’t happened, I would have slept rough or begged for help from the Tasmanian police. The excuse that they lacked drivers is not enough. If they run out of drivers, don’t take the reservation. I don’t know what remedies are available against a taxi company that does not meet its commitments, but certain sanctions should be available. Maybe they should lose their disabled taxi license if this continues to happen as it seems to. Needless to say, I will never use the well known taxi company I dealt with again. I just can’t trust them. MARK Westfield (The Examiner, February 4) thinks lowering the speed limit will lead to lower road tolls. One could point out that New Zealand has a 100km/h speed limit and a higher road toll, but the conditions there are quite different. The gold standard is testing under Tasmanian conditions and two such extended trials were conducted in Tasmania which found that lowering the speed limit had no statistically significant effect on road trauma in these regions. This is hardly surprising, as road trauma results from a wide range of causes; the current speed limit is not one of them, as demonstrated by testing. READ MORE: Courtney’s resignation sparks debate over House of Assembly figures Speculation by armchair experts can never trump scientifically conducted trials. The government has no plans to lower the speed limit, but two-lane highways could benefit from a 120 km/h limit, which would reduce traffic and increase safety. HAVING earned a degree in Dementia Care from UTAS last year, I have every interest in seeing our federal government take funding for senior care seriously. Workers in this sector have proven to be essential to the well-being of a cohort of vulnerable people who have spent their lives helping to build our society. They have a right to the best care possible, and this can only be achieved by ensuring that people working in elderly care are properly trained and compensated. Two years under the shadow of COVID have only amplified the existing problems created by government neglect. READ MORE: Mowbray woman fined after PayWave spree with stolen bank card The dominant ideology of liberalism has underpinned this situation where the dominant classes are left to thrive, while those of the opposite spectrum are left to themselves, as best they can. The Morrison government’s $800 bonus for aged care staff is a drop in the ocean. Until the people who work in this vital sector are paid a realistic salary commensurate with their responsibilities, the aged care sector will never attract or retain suitable employees. Focus groups and marginal voters are a deadly brake on democracy. Election observers and strategists are constantly watching where they can appeal to popular sentiment and retain or win a marginal seat. Australia’s rural/urban divide now makes this task much more difficult. The price we pay for such pragmatism is the disappearance of leadership. There doesn’t seem to be a real appetite to lead and drive much-needed change. Indeed, the word progressive has been used as an insult against those who would legislate for a better future. Hence the decades-long drag on climate change policy. The negative gear barricade. The rhetoric around tax cuts and minimal government. If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that we cannot finance and manage change – climate change and pandemics in particular – by relying too heavily on the private sector. None of us need more government in our lives. What we need is government planning and funding when our lives depend on the very responses to what are quickly becoming predictable events. What do you think? Send us a letter to the editor:

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