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DE­SPITE sev­eral prawn farms at Lo­gan tem­po­rar­ily closed, plenty of fresh Aussie farmed tiger prawns will still be avail­able.

His­tor­i­cally, none of the farms im­pacted by white spot are a part of the Christ­mas mar­ket.

I see me­dia cov­er­age from Queens­land Seafood Mar­keters As­so­ci­a­tion re­gard­ing wild catch and im­ported prawns, but from an Aus­tralian prawn farm per­spec­tive Christ­mas is look­ing great.

There is a higher vol­ume this year of fresh farmed tiger prawns and the qual­ity looks fan­tas­tic.

As a re­sult of white spot, the Lo­gan farms un­selfishly and vol­un­tar­ily shut down for a fal­low­ing pe­riod to drive the dis­ease out of the coun­try and credit must be given to the Lo­gan farm­ers for tak­ing such a strong stance against the dis­ease.

But as those farms tra­di­tion­ally did not im­pact the Christ­mas mar­ket, it is still go­ing to be a great Christ­mas with plenty of Aus­tralian farmed tiger prawns.

MATT WEST, PRES­I­DENT AUS­TRALIAN PRAWN FARM­ERS AS­SO­CI­A­TION

THE M1 has a range of prob­lems. They in­clude: too many ve­hi­cles us­ing the left lane in­hibit­ing smooth en­try and exit, mo­torists con­tin­u­ally chang­ing lanes to gain one car length, mo­torists driv­ing be­low the speed limit and leav­ing too great a dis­tance be­tween ve­hi­cles and “rub­ber­necks” slow­ing down to gawk at in­ci­dents.

Ad­dress these prob­lems and you would be half­way there to fix­ing the prob­lem.

BRUCE

RE: SBS pro­gram The Mosque Next Door screened this week.

The pro­gram opened with sev­eral min­utes of vil­i­fi­ca­tion of Pauline Han­son for speak­ing out her views on Is­lam.

Many Aus­tralians hold the same views as was ev­i­denced in sev­eral in­ter­views later in the pro­gram.

The sub­ject of ha­lal meat was dis­cussed. It was sug­gested that to be de­clared ha­lal, the an­i­mal has to be alive ie. not stunned as is the prac­tise in Aus­tralia, when the jugu­lar vein is cut.

The Mus­lim rep­re­sen­ta­tive de­clared that not to be the case and they do al­low stun­ning. If that is so, then what is ha­lal meat?

Is­lamic treat­ment of women rather em­bar­rass­ingly came into the dis­cus­sion.

Women at­tend­ing the old­est mosque in Aus­tralia are pushed into a small room un­der­neath the main mosque for prayers – not even enough chairs while up­stairs the men pray in the main mosque in quite lux­u­ri­ous con­di­tions.

I think that sums up the po­si­tion of men un­der Is­lam.

Iron­i­cally Aus­tralia is await­ing the out­come of a sur­vey on same sex marriage and equal­ity. How does that stand with Is­lam? J.W.M. HALL, HE­LENSVALE I AL­READY con­tend with lousy car driv­ers, ir­re­spon­si­ble rick­shaw driv­ers, ar­ro­gant Ly­cra bri­gade and the un­law­ful elec­tric bikes.

Now I will now have to put up with an ex­tra 1000 rental bikes. Just an­other rea­son to stay away from Surfers precinct al­to­gether. DOUG

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