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Journeys : Jun Jul 2012
www.audioclinictas.com.au THE WORLD’S SMALLEST FULLY WIRELESS HEARING AID Call 1800 057 220 to arrange your personal demonstration and FREE hearing check-up (valued at $90) $500 DISCOUNT TO JOURNEYS READERS Present this advertisement at test appointment to receive a $500 discount off your Intiga purchase. (Discount applies to a pair of Intiga 10 or Intiga 8 devices . Not available with any other offer) Audio Clinic Tasmania is very pleased to introduce Intiga, a new and incredibly comfortable, high performance hearing solution that’s fashionably discreet and virtually invisible. With new digital technology, hear clearly and effortlessly in virtually all situations. - Across Tasmania Life on the move Everything old is new again Stuart Bridges burrows through our magazine’s archives Would you believe it? According to the February 1990 RACT magazine (then called Motor News) the State Gover nment had invited the R ACT to provide input into a ten-year roads strategy. Fast forward to 2012 and the RACT is working to develop its own ten-year safer roads strategy, while the Government’s Tasmanian Infrastructure Strategy remains substantially unfunded In 1990 our magazine featured regular advertisements for the Tasmania Bank, the SBT Bank and the Bass Strait ferry, Abel Tasman. History may even need to be revised to view 1990 as much a hot- bed of protest as the 1970s, at least in Motor News: ‘ With reference to photographs on drivers’ licences – I object strongly,’ scribbled one furious letter w riter. ‘I.D. systems of this type, just like the Australia Card, are designed to regulate and control ordinar y citizens!’ Another hot topic was South Africa: ‘I was disappointed to see a travel article on South Africa. I do not believe that any organisation including RACT should be encouraging tourists to visit South Africa while their apartheid system remains.’ Then there was the counter argument from another letter writer under the title ‘Selective Morality’. ‘The South Africans have problems ... but it should be remembered that there is only one true democracy on the African continent – Botswana.’ In June 1990, Motor Ne ws carried a comprehensive list of new car prices. At one end of the market you could buy an automatic Suzuki Swift from $13,690 or perhaps the Rolls Royce Silver Spirit 11 might tempt you at $319,400. Just as relevant today as in 1990, Motor News carried feature stories on cycling in safety: ‘Bikes are serious and legitimate road vehicles, not just toys’; and how to save on petrol ‘Are you a fuel waster? Bad dr iving costs money!’ Green and red arrows fitted to traffic signal systems at busy Tasmanian intersections have significantly lowered the accident rates at these junctions, said the June 1990 edition of the R ACT magazine. According to Transport Tasmania, the arrows came about because the majority of collisions were caused by drivers turning right across an intersection on green lights, misjudging the speed and distance of oncoming traffic. (See Your views in this magazine for a frustrated contemporary member’s view of turns at intersections.) In another innovation, Telecom had bowed to lobbying from the R ACT and installed a phone on Hobart’s Southern Outlet. Pedestr ian safety was also under scrutiny. To illustrate the story, Motor News used a photo of people crossing the road in Hobart’s Sandy Bay busy retail precinct. If the photo had been taken today, it would be seven o’clock on a Sunday mor ning. The pace of life has certainly picked up in the last 22 years! PANEL BEATING SPRAY PAINTING Two pack spray and bake booth CHASSIS WORK Measure and alignment system from Finland 107 Mornington Road Mornington Telephone 6244 4732 Facsimile 6244 3845 June / July 2012 27
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