MYTHS AND LEG­ENDS

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LIEU­TENANT James Cook, ar­guably the great­est mariner the world has known, went to school for only three years, his fa­ther’s man­ager recog­nised Cook’s bril­liance and paid Cook’s school fees.

I doubt the cur­ricu­lum stretched to French Phi­los­o­phy (Peter Cam­pion, Ad­ver­tiser Oc­to­ber 27).

Know­ing fact from fic­tion can be prob­lem­atic and nearly 250 years after Cook was here Cam­pion ques­tions Cook’s as­sess­ment of the life of the Gu­ugu Yimithirr who lived in what be­came Cook­town with whom they so­cialised for seven weeks.

Cam­pion doesn’t un­der­stand that James Cook was a York­shire­man and th­ese peo­ple call a spade a spade.

They don’t deal in myths. Cook said the Abo­rig­ines lived a whole­some life with good sup­plies of food in a good cli­mate and whole­some air. This is the truth as Cook saw it. Com­pared to life in Europe and Amer­ica then, he was right. Many of those on board the HMB En­deav­our kept jour­nals. So much for one opinion.

Those that can­not agree with Cook who were not there at that time try to den­i­grate Cook to ob­scure his mes­sage. I doubt the whole crew and pas­sen­gers and 95 jour­nals would suf­fice for Peter Cam­pion. Cam­pion deals in myths and the ‘no­ble sav­age’ myth would not have been known to Cook who had such lit­tle school­ing, never went to col­lege or univer­sity and spent his life at sea.

I have not read Wind­schut­tle and have no in­ten­tion to, be­cause his rep­u­ta­tion went be­fore him. Many mod­ern Abo­rig­i­nal rangers are now go­ing back to Fire Stick Farm­ing in an at­tempt to halt the dev­as­tat­ing fires that plague Aus­tralia and that can be seen in core sam­ples after 1788, be­fore then th­ese huge fires didn’t ex­ist. Com­mon sense at last. Abo­rig­ines be­ing al­lowed to re­turn to their 18th cen­tury life­styles. IRENE SHANKS, Ma­reeba

KUR-WORLD’S GREEN­WASH­ING

THE re­cent letter from Bill Sokolich (Oc­to­ber 27) hits the nail on the head re­gard­ing the pro­pa­ganda ad­verts from Kur-World.

To get things straight, Kur-World is ul­ti­mately about re-zon­ing cheap ru­ral land into what is essen­tially a hous­ing es­tate con­sist­ing of over 300 house blocks, golf course and units com­plete with its own shop­ping cen­tre.

Early this cen­tury the an­ti­quated My­ola Plan briefly made men­tion of turn­ing My­ola into a satel­lite city on the pro­vi­son that the Ku­randa Range Road was re-aligned. It wasn’t.

Now the FNQ 2031 Re­gional Plan takes prece­dence and My­ola can re­main a vi­tal green lung for the en­dan­gered species that live there.

Kur-Alert Inc. has had many pub­lic meet­ings thus far and even a pub­lic rally that at­tracted hun­dreds of peo­ple march­ing the streets. Our next pub­lic meet­ing is on Novem­ber 15 at the CWA Hall in Ku­randa. This is our only way of counter bal­anc­ing the ‘green-wash’ from the pro­po­nent’s highly paid PR peo­ple. We would ex­pect Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil and the Co­or­di­na­tor Gen­eral to en­gage with the com­mu­nity and ex­plain what this mega project en­tails be­cause the KurWorld de­vel­op­ers pub­lished spin ex­plains noth­ing. STEVEN NOWAKOWSKI, Pres­i­dent Kur-Alert Inc, Ku­randa

GET ‘ECOLOGISM’ OUT OF GOV­ERN­MENT

RE­GARD­LESS of which party forms gov­ern­ment after this elec­tion all Table­landers will be on the los­ing side.

We’ll con­tinue to work hard in the pri­mary pro­duc­tion sec­tors that sup­ports the whole econ­omy while the gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues churn­ing out rules and reg­u­la­tions to en­slave and im­pov­er­ish us. Elec­tric­ity prices will con­tinue sky­rock­et­ing be­cause all our politi­cians bow to the West’s new re­li­gion, ‘ecologism’, which is “sav­ing the world through higher en­ergy prices”.

The wind and so­lar en­ergy fac­tory blight will con­tinue spread­ing across our land­scape, desta­bil­is­ing and dis­rupt­ing our grid and mur­der­ing and dis­plac­ing our wildlife. No can­di­dates pro­pose re­duc­ing the size or spread of gov­ern­ment be­cause the dis­ci­ples of ecologism see com­plete gov­ern­ment con­trol over ev­ery­one as the an­swer to ev­ery­thing. No can­di­dates, so far, have pro­posed elim­i­nat­ing ecologism or any of its self-flag­el­lat­ing id­io­cies from gov­ern­ment agen­das. If such a can­di­date emerges they may be worth vot­ing for. PETER CAM­PION, Tolga

ELSE­WHERE?

WE must hope that Peter Cam­pion is cor­rect in his belief that “for ev­ery hectare of land cleared 1.47 hectares grows back else­where.” (Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 27). Else­where?

Now where could that be? Per­haps in the land of per­pet­ual mo­tion, tooth fairies, fly­ing pigs, magic pud­dings, de­clin­ing world pop­u­la­tion, and less avari­cious, as­pi­ra­tional mid­dle classes. RU­PERT RUS­SELL, Mt Mol­loy

FLAB­BER­GASTED

I FIND it in­sult­ing to my­self, my fel­low mem­bers of the `Save Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal Group` and my fel­low res­i­dents that after pre­sent­ing Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick on the 10th of July with a signed pe­ti­tion of some 5000 sig­na­tures col­lected from res­i­dents of Ma­reeba, Dimbulah and the Cape with re­gards to re­tain­ing a bulk billing GP ser­vice op­er­ated from the Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal and to in­crease ser­vices such as Re­nal Dial­y­sis that it is re­turned on Oc­to­ber 26. After hav­ing the pe­ti­tion for not quite four full months no ac­tion was taken by the now care­taker La­bor Gov­ern­ment. Bloody dis­grace­ful. The hos­pi­tal build­ing was built in the eight­ies and is in good con­di­tion with spare room for in­creas­ing ser­vices. Let`s con­cen­trate on mak­ing the Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal just that, a hos­pi­tal that ser­vices the Ma­reeba and sur­rounds and the wider Cape, a hos­pi­tal that is highly func­tional, and in­te­gral to our com­mu­nity.

I call on the civic or­gan­i­sa­tions of the com­mu­nity namely the Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil and the Ma­reeba Cham­ber of Com­merce to join us in the fight to save the Ma­reeba Hos­pi­tal, both or­gan­i­sa­tions have been quiet for too long. Please let’s all go for­ward in one di­rec­tion with one ob­jec­tive. Lastly and most im­por­tantly when the pub­lic rally is called shortly be­fore elec­tion day, come and show your support and stand shoul­der to shoul­der with my­self, Den­nis McKin­ley, Ross Cardillo and mem­bers of `Save The Hos­pi­tal Group’. One thing I will prom­ise, we will have a strong hos­pi­tal into the fu­ture. GOR­DON RAS­MUSSEN, KAP can­di­date for Cook

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