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Early ris­ers on the Tablelands have been treated to the sight of fly­ing rivers of bats pour­ing across the sky as they head home to roost near Tolga.

Their track varies but at time of writ­ing the bats were travers­ing the site of the in­dus­trial wind-en­ergy fac­tory presently un­der con­struc­tion near Walka­min. Given the pas­sion with which some folk de­fend bats, it seems odd there’s no talk of how to avoid bat deaths at the wind fac­tory.

The ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion would be to re­quire the wind fac­tory to stop it’s gi­ant tur­bines from spin­ning at dawn and dusk to al­low the na­tives right of way.

Surely if re­li­able coal-power can be forced to give way to un­re­li­able wind­power then the un­re­li­able wind-power can be forced to give way to an im­por­tant pol­li­nat­ing and seed-dis­tribut­ing species? No bat wants wind tur­bines, nor does any hu­man who un­der­stands base-load elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion, but they’re be­ing forced on us any­way. It is tes­ta­ment to the ef­fec­tive­ness of the ex­treme-left’s tena­cious ap­pli­ca­tion of Saul Alin­sky’s Rules for Rad­i­cals over the past 45 years that the Walka­min mon­stros­ity is be­ing built at all. PETER CAM­PION, Tolga about it? NANCY MCDOWALL, Mareeba


Ho­mo­sex­u­als through­out the world seize for them­selves the word “gay”.

That word be­longed to english speak­ing peo­ple. It was taken off them by a mi­nor­ity group, and ab­ro­gated by that group for their own per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. ‘Gay’ means won­der­ful, happy, bright, cheery. ‘Gay’ is an ad­jec­tive that de­scribes peo­ple who light up a room. So they wanted – de­manded – that every­one de­scribe them as happy, bright won­der­ful. The edu­cratic classes that man the media, that jump on ev­ery trendy band­wagon bowed to them and con­vinced us. I, who do not have a starry aca­demic record did, how­ever, achieve in twelfth grade english high marks, as a re­sult of an es­say on Alexan­der Popes fa­mous poem The Rape of the Lock. And I quote, “and then Belinda smiled, and all the world was gay.”

It con­jures up a beau­ti­ful spec­tre of hap­pi­ness, won­der and ex­cite­ment. That this word and con­cept could be stolen from us, the peo­ple, is wrong.

The ho­mo­sex­ual peoples now want to take not only a name, but a con­cept – ‘mar­riage’. Mar­riage is an in­sti­tu­tion cre­ated by so­ci­ety and the Chris­tian church to cre­ate a sta­ble, re­la­tion­ship in which to raise chil­dren and for a man and woman to live har­mo­niously to­gether.

If they, the ho­mo­sex­ual, les­bian, group­ings (they call them­selves LBGTIs) want to in­sti­tute a le­galised re­la­tion­ship, be­tween a man and a man or a woman and a woman, so be it. I don’t be­lieve I have any right to stop them from do­ing that. What I do be­lieve is that they have no right to force me to bless or ad­mire such re­la­tion­ships. A lot of peo­ple do not like my poli­cies and out­look. I have no right to stop them from at­tack­ing and crit­i­cis­ing my views and me per­son­ally. Nor should I force them to bless my iden­ti­fi­ca­tion as a red­neck, or any other put down pe­jo­ra­tive they wish to use.

But peo­ple must un­der­stand, the LBGTIs are not ask­ing for a re­la­tion­ship of their own, be­tween a male and a male or a fe­male and a fe­male. They are want­ing to take our re­la­tion­ship – “mar­riage”. They have no right to do this.

Once upon a time peo­ple spoke about Sodom and Go­morah. Words that de­scribes a place of evil and un­pleas­ant­ness. Some­times peo­ple who are weak willed may be mis­led into see­ing this des­ti­na­tion as an as­pi­ra­tion, not a dam­na­tion. And to this view they are en­ti­tled. But they are not en­ti­tled to im­pose that view upon me, and threaten me with le­gal ac­tion if ex­press a dif­fer­ent view­point to theirs. I shall be vot­ing no. (re­gard­less of your sex­ual pref­er­ence, Gods hap­pi­ness to you all). BOB KATTER, Fed­eral Mem­ber for Kennedy


I was in a meet­ing on Septem­ber 7th, firstly as a mem­ber of the Save the Mareeba Hos­pi­tal Group (SMHG) and se­condly as the KAP’s can­di­date for Cook with the C.E.O of CHHHS, Miss Claire Dou­glas and the C.E.O. of NQPHN, Mr Robyn Moore. We (SMHG) at the time were given a ver­bal un­der­tak­ing by Miss Claire Dou­glas that Qld Health would pro­vide at the Mareeba Hos­pi­tal a bulk billed GP ser­vice in­def­i­nitely.

Ama­roo Med­i­cal have been con­tracted to op­er­ate a bulk billed GP ser­vice from the hos­pi­tal for nine months start­ing on Oc­to­ber 2 whilst ex­ten­sions to Ama­roo Med­i­cal at their present lo­ca­tion are com­pleted. It was agreed that in this nine month pe­riod that EOI and ten­ders would be called for com­pe­tent, pro­fes­sional in­ter­ested par­ties to op­er­ate a bulk billed GP ser­vice from the Hos­pi­tal in­def­i­nitely.

As Mareeba and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties have an ap­prox­i­mate pop­u­la­tion of 12,000 and a growth rate of 8 per cent it is im­per­a­tive that a bulk billing GP ser­vice re­mains at the Hos­pi­tal. I find it dis­re­spect­ful and ap­palling that af­ter ro­bust dis­cus­sion and ne­go­ti­a­tion at the Septem­ber 7 meet­ing that the CEO of CHHHS does a com­plete back flip. The re­in­state­ment of other ser­vices were dis­cussed and also agreed, eg re­in­state­ment of the ster­il­i­sa­tion unit, op­er­at­ing theatre, pal­lia­tive care etc etc.

I now find she has done a com­plete back flip. We have for some­time tried to meet with the board of NQPHN to dis­cuss how and where to di­rect the $2 mil­lion of fund­ing that was granted in July 2017 to sup­port the de­liv­ery of pri­mary care ser­vices in Mareeba but have been met with noth­ing but ex­cuses. At the same meet­ing the CEO of NQPHN said “that he had al­ready ear­marked the money”, a bu­reau­crat can do this with­out con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and di­rec­tion from the NQPHN board, I per­son­ally think other­wise. I and the SMHG be­lieve we are slowly los­ing the Mareeba Hos­pi­tal piece by piece be­cause of bu­reau­crats and a Qld gov­ern­ment to­tally out of touch with com­mu­nity. We plan to hold pub­lic ral­lies in the near fu­ture to save what should be an in­te­gral and com­pul­sory part of the Mareeba com­mu­nity. I call on you the peo­ple of Mareeba and sur­rounds to stand firm be­hind us, as I know you will and rally with us when asked. GOR­DON RAS­MUSSEN, KAP can­di­date for Cook

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