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Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil de­ci­sion com­mended

THE Up­per Daw­son Branch of Wildlife Queens­land com­mends the Ba­nana Shire Coun­cil in its moves to re­duce the num­bers of un­wanted cats in the shire and en­sure the re­spon­si­ble and hu­mane man­age­ment of com­pan­ion cats.

Our or­gan­i­sa­tion’s main char­ter is to pre­serve the nat­u­ral Aus­tralian en­vi­ron­ment and its na­tive fauna.

The cat is an in­tro­duced killer that is cru­elly dev­as­tat­ing the pop­u­la­tion of our na­tive birds and smaller an­i­mals in streets and back­yards as well as in ru­ral ar­eas.

It is heart­en­ing to read that the shire is part­ner­ing with the An­i­mal Wel­fare League to as­sist cat lovers in hav­ing their pets de-sexed as part of its plans to tackle the com­plex chal­lenge of find­ing hu­mane ways to re­duce the cru­elty in­flicted by wan­der­ing and un­wanted cats on any small wildlife that moves within their sight or earshot. — Ann Hob­son Sec­re­tary, Up­per Daw­son Branch WPSQ

Re­duce ac­ci­den­tal over­doses in Qld

I WRITE to you from the not-for-profit Pen­ing­ton In­sti­tute to high­light that it is crit­i­cal new so­lu­tions are found to Aus­tralia’s huge cri­sis with opi­oid drugs.

The lat­est Aus­tralia’s An­nual Over­dose Re­port 2018 re­veals a mas­sive 87 per cent in­crease in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal opi­oid deaths from 2008 to 2014 in Aus­tralia. We are talk­ing about drugs like oxy­codone, codeine and fen­tanyl – which is around 100 times more pow­er­ful than pure mor­phine. Heroin over­dose deaths are in­creas­ing too.

If we carry on down this path, Aus­tralia will ex­pe­ri­ence a United States-style drug over­dose

cri­sis. A to­tal of 2,177 lives were lost to over­dose in 2016.

One an­swer lies in a very im­por­tant drug that we are not hear­ing enough about: Nalox­one.

It needs to be put into the hands of the peo­ple who need it most. Put sim­ply, Nalox­one saves lives and tem­po­rar­ily re­verses an opi­oid over­dose.

Nalox­one also re­verses a heroin over­dose.

We say Nalox­one should be pro­vided free of charge through men­tal health ser­vices, phar­ma­cies, hospi­tal emer­gency rooms and nee­dle and sy­ringe pro­grams.

The drug has few side ef­fects and – in an emer­gency – will lit­er­ally save a life. Nalox­one is – in essence – an emer­gency medicine. We have to turn the tide on opi­oid over­dose

deaths. We need ac­tion on this now.

I urge read­ers to ask your lo­cal MP what role they are play­ing in get­ting Nalox­one into the hands of peo­ple who need it most – and ask their lo­cal MP what ac­tions are they re­ally tak­ing to help re­duce ac­ci­den­tal drug over­doses in the lo­cal area? — John Ryan, CEO, Pen­ing­ton In­sti­tute

Queens­land’s econ­omy lags

THIS month we have seen re­port after re­port that con­firms Queens­land con­tin­ues to lag be­hind the rest of Aus­tralia.

Queens­land’s un­em­ploy­ment has hit 6.4 per cent, the high­est un­em­ploy­ment rate in Aus­tralia.

Sadly, Queens­land’s econ­omy grew by a

minis­cule 0.1 per cent in the last quar­ter, the low­est of any state.

An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk’s ‘State of the State’ ad­dress didn’t once men­tion; tax, debt, un­em­ploy­ment or in­fra­struc­ture. Queens­land’s econ­omy is at a stand­still and it is ev­ery­day Queens­lan­ders who are be­ing hit with high costs of liv­ing that are pay­ing for it.

The LNP has com­mit­ted to no new taxes, we will work to sta­bilise La­bor’s debt, we will back small busi­nesses, and we will in­vest in the in­fra­struc­ture that Queens­lan­ders de­serve.

— Tim Mander, LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow


Sav­ings don’t ex­ist

THE other day, when I was read­ing a Bris­bane news­pa­per, I burst out

laugh­ing. The news­pa­per journos went forth into the streets to ask if chil­dren should be shown how to work for pocket money, and put it into bank sav­ings. It just might be the only sav­ings they will ever have, what with the dig­i­tal age, and BIG brother upon us; our sav­ings don’t ex­ist. Worse than that suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have ig­nored banks eat­ing up our sav­ings.

Sav­ings are gouged by petrol taxes, en­ergy taxes, ex­or­bi­tant prop­erty rates and govern­ment charges of many kinds and the con­tin­u­ous in­ven­tion of new taxes and charges, e.g., car­bon tax. I can see why smart chil­dren don’t bother to save. The “le­gal” theft of money is end­less. God bless Aus­tralia, par­adise for govern­ment goug­ing.

— Jay Nauss

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