En­emy of your en­emy not al­ways a friend

The Gympie Times - - YOUR SATURDAY OPINION - PHOTO: TOM DAUNT

THE key­board war­riors of a prom­i­nent lo­cal Face­book fo­rum were out in force, full of base­less con­spir­acy the­o­ries, when some­body “spot­ted” Deputy Premier Jackie Trad shar­ing nib­bles with our mayor in Smith­field St on Tues­day.

There was lit­tle in what was writ­ten there worth re­peat­ing, it be­ing, as usual, bi­ased, back­ward think­ing rot in which nei­ther the mayor nor the cur­rent gov­ern­ment can pos­si­bly be seen as any good.

I’m no fan of our coun­cil or of most of what they do.

Nor am I a great sup­porter of the cur­rent State Gov­ern­ment, or the al­ter­na­tive. But credit should be given where due and the State hav­ing con­trib­uted to the pre­vi­ous coun­cil’s Smith­field St spend (in how­ever each may value it?) it’s only right that some­body from the State check what’s be­ing done with the money they put up.

Credit must also go to Mayor Cur­ran who, as to­tally mis­guided and half thought out as most of his ef­forts are to me, has seem­ingly been more ef­fec­tive in get­ting money out of a gov­ern­ment most here­abouts con­sider hos­tile than any be­fore him.

I’d sus­pect that un­like her Op­po­si­tion coun­ter­parts, Ms Trad is part of a gov­ern­ment which sees the ob­vi­ous growth and changes which Gympie will un­dergo once the high­way reaches us.

As a rusted on Na­tional Party seat Queens­land La­bor has lit­tle to gain in Gympie but seems to be aware that it will, con­trary to the ac­tions of the Na­tional Party and most fo­rum par­tic­i­pants, be a part of an ever ex­pand­ing south-east Queens­land and will, re­luc­tantly, be dragged into this cen­tury.

One fo­rum con­spir­acy had Mayor Cur­ran ma­noeu­vring to run for State Par­lia­ment; not a very at­trac­tive thought to me, but we could do worse. In fact, we are do­ing worse and have for as long as I’ve been around here, 27 years.

Our cur­rent MP’s ef­forts are vir­tu­ally re­stricted to 1980’s yokel pol­i­tics of at­tack­ing his op­po­si­tion while of­fer­ing very, very lit­tle else.

There’s cer­tainly an al­most com­plete lack of vi­sion, but that’s the Na­tional Party way, even when they hide un­der the LNP ban­ner.

I’m sure there’d be no such angst from the fo­rum crowd (or this pub­li­ca­tion) if the Deputy Op­po­si­tion Leader came to town unan­nounced but I cau­tion those who take the chance to de­ride Ms Trad that the en­emy of your en­emy is not al­ways a friend.

The LNP (Nats) have taken us for granted for decades, and it shows.

De­spite be­ing be­hind en­emy lines Ms Trad did come and did of­fer some fund­ing for what our coun­cil asked for.

Like them or not the coun­cil is cur­rently our strong­est voice. — Dave Free­man, Hil­lview Rd

Where’s there’s smoke is there fire?

I’M CON­FUSED – some things I won­der about.

Is smok­ing re­ally bad for you? Has it even been proved?

I know peo­ple who have never smoked in their lives who have some of the dis­eases at­trib­uted to cig­a­rettes or other types of smok­ing.

And oth­ers, both my grand­fa­thers for ex­am­ple, who smoked all their lives and lived to an old age and died of “nat­u­ral causes”, not smok­ing.

As an ex-smoker, I con­sider smok­ing to look ugly (silly) and smell worse. And the price of to­bacco prod­ucts is a gov­ern­ment rip-off. But it’s le­gal.

The price of gas? We sell it over­seas to some­one for a small frac­tion of what we pay. Why?

Toast and ba­con have been ac­cused of caus­ing can­cer.

Al­co­hol is re­spon­si­ble for bad things: do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, road deaths; the list is end­less. So I gave up drink­ing. When? Last night. — Richard Chan­nell, Kan­danga

Need for prostate can­cer aware­ness

ONE in five Queens­land men will be di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer by the age of 85 – our dads, brothers, grand­fa­thers, part­ners and friends are at risk.

Prostate can­cer is the lead­ing cause of can­cer among men in Queens­land, with around 4000 men di­ag­nosed each year on av­er­age.

Septem­ber is Prostate Can­cer Aware­ness Month and we’re urg­ing men to help raise aware­ness of the dis­ease and bet­ter un­der­stand their risk to help de­tect it early.

While five-year sur­vival rates for prostate can­cer are dras­ti­cally im­prov­ing and are at 94 per cent, up from 64% in the 1980s, there’s still no time for complacency.

The cause of prostate can­cer is still not clear, and in the early stages, prostate can­cer of­ten doesn’t pro­duce any symp­toms. How­ever, we do know that the risk of prostate can­cer rises with age and oc­curs mainly in men over 60 years.

Men with a fam­ily his­tory also have an in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing the dis­ease.

Un­for­tu­nately, there is cur­rently no sin­gle, sim­ple test to de­tect prostate can­cer. The test most com­monly used to aid early de­tec­tion of prostate can­cer is the prostate spe­cific anti­gen (PSA) blood test but this test does not al­ways re­li­ably iden­tify the pres­ence of prostate can­cer, or dis­tin­guish po­ten­tially fa­tal can­cers from be­nign tu­mours.

If men have ques­tions or con­cerns about prostate can­cer call the Can­cer Coun­cil on 13 11 20 to ac­cess in­for­ma­tion or con­fi­den­tial sup­port and re­fer­rals. — Chris McMil­lan, CEO, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land

NO CON­SPIR­ACY: Peter Blashki, Mayor Mick Cur­ran and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad visit the Rat­tler work­shop on Tues­day.

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