Letters to the editor

Tuna comments disappointing

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Letters to the editor should be no more than 300 words and can be emailed to kaitlyn.fasso-opie@fairfaxmedia.com.au

I WRITE in regards to  the article ”South Australian Fishing Alliance responds to quota comments”, published in this paper on September 14, 2016

I found the comments by the chief executive officer of the Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association Mr Brian Jeffries in this article arrogant in the extreme by a very wealthy group in our society with indifference to the many anglers in South Australia and the rest of Australia for that matter, who wish to access a community resource in their pursuit of their recreation with minimal impact. For the majority of  anglers catching a southern bluefin tuna is a bucket list never achieved.

I am disgusted by the comments of the SBTIA CEO. I have written many times to the Port Lincoln Times over the past 18 years on various issues and now find it disappointing to find the need to come out of retirement  to challenge those comments in the article by a more privileged group in our society.

TREVOR WATTS, South Australian Recreational Fishing Advisory Council executive officer (retired), Yeppoon, Queensland

PATS concerns troubling

I am very disturbed to hear that PATS is causing so much hardship to many patients, especially pensioners like Ron Stone, featured in your story in the Times (Sept 13). 

It is bad enough coping with poor health without the additional worry of having to travel away and then pay up front for transport and accommodation requirements.

I would challenge the good people of Qantas and Rex Airlines to assist by filling empty seats with people in need at this time.

The airline agencies know the people who travel on a very regular basis as they usually do their bookings for them.

Both Qantas and Rex airport and airline staff would be aware also.

Often the appointments are sudden and the patient can't take advantage of flight 'specials' and they and PATS have to pay the full tote odds.

Being a pensioner also, and waiting for a PATS reimbursement that I can just manage, I wonder would Rex and Qantas loose by assisting this way?

I think that the goodwill they would receive be beneficial to them, and the smiles and financial relief would be a tonic for all. Surely something can be arranged.


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