Freedom fight taken to the workplace
I WOULD like to say a very big thank you to the sponsors of the Queensland Music Festival’s One Hundred and One Years free concert that was held on Friday, July 17.
My family and I sat under the twinkling stars on a beautiful clear winter’s night at Jezzine Barracks experiencing wonderful entertainment.
Music is a magnificent medium to access memories of the past and this is particularly so when we talk about war. This concert featured messages from soldiers on the frontline to loved ones at home along with the ballads and music of the era. The audience was treated to three superb bands and glorious singers.
This concert brought home to me the large number of young men who lost their lives fighting for our freedom, as well as those soldiers who came home both physically and emotionally wounded. Also the vast numbers of women who served in military hospitals around the world, looking after injured soldiers. Australians continue to this day fighting overseas to protect our freedom.
Australia has been known as the lucky country, but sadly TOWNSVILLE’S children will soon be better protected from preventable diseases thanks to laws being introduced by the Palaszczuk Government.
For the first time, approved early childhood education and care services will be legally protected if they decide to exclude children who are not fully immunised against vaccine- preventable diseases.
Preventable conditions like whoop- it seems that this is rapidly changing. Our current Federal Government seems focused on taking away our hard- earned freedom; we are living in a country where promoting fear is the order of the day.
We have a Federal Government that is rushing to enter into free trade agreements that will see the removal of labour market testing. This will leave the door wide open for foreign companies to bring in their own workers at the expense of our local workers.
We have a Federal Government that believes in the concept of small government, ing cough, while usually mild for adults, can have tragic consequences for very young children.
As a former Early Childhood Educator, I know how incredibly important vaccinations are for protecting our children and also for protecting everyone in our community.
The laws will protect early childhood education and care services for decisions they make about enrolment, which is code for privatisation and letting the marketplace determine demand, regardless of whether or not the marketplace is best placed to deliver.
I can assure you that I will not stand by and let this Federal Government continue to destroy the very fabric of our society.
I am sure that generations of Australian men and women have not gone to war to protect our freedom and democracy for us to elect a government that is hell- bent on selling off our country and our jobs.
CATHY O’TOOLE, Labor candidate for Herbert
based on the best interests of children in their care.
Early childhood education and care services will still be able to admit children who are not fully immunised, if they consider it reasonable in the individual circumstances.
These new laws will empower early childhood education and care services to have a conversation with parents about their child’s immunisation needs and encourage families to vaccinate.
I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to speak to their GP about their family’s vaccination needs.
I’m pleased to support these measures that will benefit the Townsville community.
CORALEE O’ROURKE MP, Minister Assisting the Premier on
North Queensland, Member for Mundingburra.
HEALTH FIRST: Childcare centres will be protected under law if they choose to reject children who have not been vaccinated.