Free­dom fight taken to the work­place

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

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.

Cathy O'Toole.

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