Stand up for Aus­tralia

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

TOWNSVILLE busi­nesses should be primed to ben­e­fit from the flow- on ef­fect of the Haughton pipe­line du­pli­ca­tion project.

The project was rec­om­mended as the best so­lu­tion to Townsville’s wa­ter short­age in times of drought by The Townsville Wa­ter Se­cu­rity Task­force.

Now, Wa­ter Task­force chair­man Brad Webb is back­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to be able to get the job done.

He is con­fi­dent they have the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to fill con­tracts for con­struc­tion of the project, in­clud­ing the huge steel pipe­line which will carry the wa­ter from Bur­dekin Dam to Ross River Dam.

Such a large- scale project would be a ma­jor boon for lo­cal busi­nesses and pro­vide much- needed jobs.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill is keen to see the work start as soon as pos­si­ble and has a 2019 fin­ish date in mind.

Cr Hill is even pre­pared to break the work up into smaller pack­ages to en­sure the load is spread as widely and evenly as pos­si­ble.

It is im­por­tant that Townsville busi­nesses are ready to ap­ply for the work when it comes on­line.

They have been given plenty of no­tice to gear up and will only have them­selves to blame if they are not fully pre­pared to make com­pet­i­tive bids.

Thomp­son one of our best

RE­TIR­ING North Queens­land Cow­boys player Ray Thomp­son will be re­mem­bered as one of the club’s quiet achiev­ers.

Many footy fans would be sur­prised to learn Thomp­son, not one of the club’s high­pro­file play­ers, has played 111 NRL games for the team he loves.

This is way more than the av­er­age for an NRL player of about 40.

It puts Thomp­son in elite com­pany, but the fact his ca­reer spanned nine sea­sons re­flects the strug­gle he had with in­juries through­out his ca­reer.

As a young­ster, Thomp­son was highly re­garded and con­sid­ered to have the po­ten­tial to be a fu­ture leader at the club.

In­juries meant he was never able to nail down a per­ma­nent po­si­tion in the team and his knee prob­lems have now forced him to hang up the boots at the age of 27.

Thomp­son is the em­bod­i­ment of what the Cow­boys are about – giv­ing young­sters an op­por­tu­nity to play in the NRL without hav­ing to leave the North.

Well played Ray. G’Day – that is an Aus­tralian greet­ing if we are al­lowed to say it any­more.

Dr Far­vardin Daliri wrote re­cently that we should cel­e­brate our Aus­tralian cul­ture united with pride.

I agree. We as Aus­tralians should be proud to be Aus­tralians but sadly we have al­lowed our cul­ture and our unique­ness to be eroded by po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness.

Where is the past free­dom, when we could laugh at our­selves and oth­ers, in the good old Aus­tralian lar­rikin way with free­dom, dig­nity and the way of life many of our fa­thers fought for.

The movie They’re A Weird Mob would not be al­lowed to be shown to­day, as it might of­fend some­one. Yet it cel­e­brates the gen­uine will of a New Aus­tralian, to em­brace and in­te­grate into our so­ci­ety al­though dif­fer­ent from their own.

I am hor­ri­fied and of­fended by the La­bor State Govern­ment, with the lat­est Queens­land ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem di­rec­tive that dis­crim­i­nates against our chil­dren and the tra­di­tion to give Christ­mas cards. A sign of lov­ing and car­ing and wish­ing oth­ers well at Christ­mas time in the play­ground. Are we to lose Christ­mas trees, Easter, free speech and say­ing you be­lieve in Christ?

Is the La­bor Party suf­fer­ing Chris­tian pho­bia? This is so­cial engi­neer­ing at its worst. Chang­ing our cul­ture to ac­com­mo­date other cul­tures and re­li­gions who do not be­lieve in our way of life.

Cul­tures who do not in­tend to in­te­grate, rather they pre­fer to live in a par­al­lel so­ci­ety and to sep­a­rate Aus­tralia by re­li­gion.

The Chris­tian re­li­gion is not the en­emy and our chil­dren should not be ashamed to give out Christ­mas cards. If there is a re­li­gion that is teach­ing rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion and fun­da­men­tal­ism, then the par­ents of those chil­dren have to be looked at to see where the seed of rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion is sown.

We as proud Aus­tralians should be ask­ing that the na­tional an­them should be played in schools to show our pride in Aus­tralia, and our way of life. Our his­tory should be taught, not only the first Aus­tralian his­tory about the in­va­sion of Aus­tralia. Europe is be­ing in­vaded now.

How about teach­ing the ca­ma­raderie, the won­ders and his­tory of the hard fought wars, the love and sac­ri­fices made by the pi­o­neers and con­victs who were treated like slaves to build this great coun­try.

Now we find the Queens­land La­bor Govern­ment is hell bent on so­cial engi­neer­ing, tear­ing our cul­tural val­ues and pride down bit by bit. Shame on a Govern­ment who does not stand up for all Aus­tralians and our way of life.

The Govern­ment should solve the state and na­tional deficit, elec­tric­ity prices, wa­ter short­age, and jobs be­fore they em­barked on any other agenda.

Where is our na­tional pride – if we do not stand up for Aus­tralia who will? Do not take the Aus­tralians out of Aus­tralia. SAN­DRA CHESNEY,


NA­TIONAL PRIDE: A school choir sings the na­tional an­them.

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