Why we should be asking 'What about Tasmania?'


There’s a little place I know of where you can go and be welcomed warmly. Where the scenery is first class and the food to die for. I am talking about Tasmania. With recent events at the polls and comments from people I know, I thought it was time to let you know how Tasmania seems to be seen by the rest of the country.

For those who have forgotten, Tasmania is one of the six states and territories that make up Australia. It is the smallest state and not connected by land, but a state nonetheless. I was not born in Tasmania. I have lived here for more than 13 years, though, so I think I am qualified by now to voice my opinion.

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Tasmania seems to be the forgotten state. News stations and politicians, information about anything from house prices and petrol charges to just about whatever else statistics can be given on, more often than not exclude Tasmania.

Now, because Malcolm Turnbull was not a popular choice in this state, it seems he is pouting and also ignoring Tasmania. Some of you will argue that he chose the people best be able to do the job. Go ahead and believe that if you want, but I believe he is just being a spoiled child.

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Time after time, Tasmania is forgotten in the scheme of things. I’m here to tell you that those of you who have not been to this little island state are missing out and those of you who choose to ignore this little island state are not true Australians. How could you forget one of your own?

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In my time in Tassie I have visited a lot of sites but have many many more to see yet. There is always a waterfall around the corner, a winery up the road, a cheese factory a couple of kilometers away and the most amazing food.

Tasmania is steeped in history and what it lacks, if anything, as opposed to larger states, it makes up for with some of the best scenery and cleanest air in the world. Its beaches are clean and blue, it’s mountains are accessible and there are waterfalls, hot springs, caves and arguably the best and most controversial museum of old and new art in the world, MONA. I could go on and on.

Most of all, as an outsider, I have found the people in Tasmania are the nicest, most helpful and friendliest people I have ever met. So next time you watch the news and they skim over Tasmania’s floods and fires, or forget about our house prices or don’t mention us as having the same rights as the rest of Australia, don’t be afraid to say, “What about Tasmania”? I know I do.

Have you been to Tasmania? What was your favourite memory? Share your thoughts with us.