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
SAME SEX POSTAL VOTE
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