Banana Shire Council decision commended
THE Upper Dawson Branch of Wildlife Queensland commends the Banana Shire Council in its moves to reduce the numbers of unwanted cats in the shire and ensure the responsible and humane management of companion cats.
Our organisation’s main charter is to preserve the natural Australian environment and its native fauna.
The cat is an introduced killer that is cruelly devastating the population of our native birds and smaller animals in streets and backyards as well as in rural areas.
It is heartening to read that the shire is partnering with the Animal Welfare League to assist cat lovers in having their pets de-sexed as part of its plans to tackle the complex challenge of finding humane ways to reduce the cruelty inflicted by wandering and unwanted cats on any small wildlife that moves within their sight or earshot. — Ann Hobson Secretary, Upper Dawson Branch WPSQ
Reduce accidental overdoses in Qld
I WRITE to you from the not-for-profit Penington Institute to highlight that it is critical new solutions are found to Australia’s huge crisis with opioid drugs.
The latest Australia’s Annual Overdose Report 2018 reveals a massive 87 per cent increase in pharmaceutical opioid deaths from 2008 to 2014 in Australia. We are talking about drugs like oxycodone, codeine and fentanyl – which is around 100 times more powerful than pure morphine. Heroin overdose deaths are increasing too.
If we carry on down this path, Australia will experience a United States-style drug overdose
crisis. A total of 2,177 lives were lost to overdose in 2016.
One answer lies in a very important drug that we are not hearing enough about: Naloxone.
It needs to be put into the hands of the people who need it most. Put simply, Naloxone saves lives and temporarily reverses an opioid overdose.
Naloxone also reverses a heroin overdose.
We say Naloxone should be provided free of charge through mental health services, pharmacies, hospital emergency rooms and needle and syringe programs.
The drug has few side effects and – in an emergency – will literally save a life. Naloxone is – in essence – an emergency medicine. We have to turn the tide on opioid overdose
deaths. We need action on this now.
I urge readers to ask your local MP what role they are playing in getting Naloxone into the hands of people who need it most – and ask their local MP what actions are they really taking to help reduce accidental drug overdoses in the local area? — John Ryan, CEO, Penington Institute
Queensland’s economy lags
THIS month we have seen report after report that confirms Queensland continues to lag behind the rest of Australia.
Queensland’s unemployment has hit 6.4 per cent, the highest unemployment rate in Australia.
Sadly, Queensland’s economy grew by a
miniscule 0.1 per cent in the last quarter, the lowest of any state.
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s ‘State of the State’ address didn’t once mention; tax, debt, unemployment or infrastructure. Queensland’s economy is at a standstill and it is everyday Queenslanders who are being hit with high costs of living that are paying for it.
The LNP has committed to no new taxes, we will work to stabilise Labor’s debt, we will back small businesses, and we will invest in the infrastructure that Queenslanders deserve.
— Tim Mander, LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow
Savings don’t exist
THE other day, when I was reading a Brisbane newspaper, I burst out
laughing. The newspaper journos went forth into the streets to ask if children should be shown how to work for pocket money, and put it into bank savings. It just might be the only savings they will ever have, what with the digital age, and BIG brother upon us; our savings don’t exist. Worse than that successive governments have ignored banks eating up our savings.
Savings are gouged by petrol taxes, energy taxes, exorbitant property rates and government charges of many kinds and the continuous invention of new taxes and charges, e.g., carbon tax. I can see why smart children don’t bother to save. The “legal” theft of money is endless. God bless Australia, paradise for government gouging.
— Jay Nauss