Airlie Beach residents Maika McDonald, 15, Lauren Squires, Karen Gordon, and Katelin Gordon, survey the damage at Shute Harbour after Cyclone Debbie. Picture: Liam Kidston
Airlie Beach residents Maika McDonald, 15, Lauren Squires, Karen Gordon, and Katelin Gordon, survey the damage at Shute Harbour after Cyclone Debbie. Picture: Liam Kidston

YOUR SAY: Inaction on NQ insurance report is ‘staggering’

It's been a big week in news with President Joe Biden being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Cyclone Kimi fizzling out on its way to the North Queensland coastline.

Here's what you've been talking about:


Sweat shop concerns

When these large variety stores can sell T-shirts with a tag saying made in Bangladesh or other third world countries for $5, you can be rest assured that there is somebody in a sweat shop, in front of a sewing machine for very long hours, for very little pay.

The ACCC or the powers that be in this area, should take a close look at this practice where these variety stores are making profits at the expense of people who are possibly being exploited.

Rob Richards, Walkerston


Don't lump all tradies in together

I note your headline Crackdown on 'highly-offensive, highly-sexist' tradies (DM, January 18, 2021).

What are you suggesting?

That all men on construction sites are foul-mouthed, sexist and misogynist that abuse woman every day.

If you object to the CFMEU's behaviours and most rational people do, target them.

You might not believe this, but most men that you flippantly refer to as "tradies" (and for the record a lot of construction workers aren't tradesman) working in that most gruelling demanding industry have mothers, wives, daughters, aunties, sisters and, yes, grandmothers, and are generally, from my experience, gentlemen who protect the females from the small minority of d***heads that behave badly.

So unless you want to disenfranchise a good percentage of your readers how about dropping the fake headlines and just report the facts.

John Burns, Mackay

Editor's note: Thanks for your letter, John. The article you refer to was a Courier Mail story shared to our site by our central network team to ensure our website has a good range of state, national and world news in addition to the Mackay news we produce locally. I note your concerns and have passed your feedback on to the Mackay team.


Weather discrepancy

On January 10, the online temperature details published by the BOM for MT Bassett showed the temperature at 10am as 22.1C, and 12 minutes later as 27.3C.

Such a quick change is unbelievable especially as it was raining at the time.

Presumably there was an equipment malfunction, but no amendment to the record has yet been made.

Inaccurate reporting emphasises the doubts many have regarding intentions of the BOM, following recent changes to locations and methods for recording temperatures throughout Australia.

Perhaps your reporters would approach the BOM for an explanation and an explanation as to how the obvious error will be dealt with, especially regarding official temperature records: highest, lowest and averages etc.

A.J. Wallace, North Mackay

Editor's note: BOM has a disclaimer on its website saying its data is not always recorded with pinpoint accuracy.


LNP inaction on insurance

More than 50 days have passed since Treasurer Josh Frydenberg received the ACCC's final report on the Northern Australia insurance crisis.

And the response so far suggests the Morrison Government will let the latest round of recommendations gather dust.

Just like they ignored the 15 recommendations in the first interim report on December 18, 2018 and the 28 recommendations in the second interim report handed down on December 20, 2019.

The inaction is so staggering that even the Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli is calling for the Morrison Government to act.

Not even the threat of former Category Two Cyclone Kimi crossing the North Queensland coast has given this government any sense of urgency.


Nicky Bowen, 40, on the Strand, Townsville before Cyclone Kimi’s arrival. Picture Scott Radford-Chisholm
Nicky Bowen, 40, on the Strand, Townsville before Cyclone Kimi’s arrival. Picture Scott Radford-Chisholm

It's no secret that insurance premium costs are soaring at a higher rate than the rest of the country.

YOUR SAY: 'I think it's terrible. Why are we paying twice as much?'

This is driving up the rate of non-insurance to 17 per cent in North Queensland.

One thing the Morrison Government could do as a matter of urgency is identify mitigation projects in North Queensland and finally activate their $4 billion Emergency Response Fund, which has been dormant for 20 months.

Instead LNP backbenchers want to pass the buck onto state governments and are ridiculing the report we have been waiting on for three years.

What Dawson MP George Christensen and Herbert MP Phillip Thompson need to understand is that the final report includes 30 recommendations which fall directly under the Morrison Government's responsibility.

They should do their jobs and lobby the Morrison Cabinet to stop the delay tactics, respond to this report and fix this crisis which has only gotten worse under their watch.

Senator Nita Green, Cairns


YOUR SAY: Croc cull plan ignores ecology and cultural history

YOUR SAY: Solution needed for Shoal Point trees

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Inadequacy of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

The Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine (which protects against 20 mutated strains) is far superior to the AstraZeneca vaccine, which provides no cellular immunity and cannot protect against any mutated strains of COVID-19 (such as South African and UK strains).

Any slight humoral immunity from AstraZeneca wears off in about three to four months, and further vaccinations may be ineffective leaving the person vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.

Israel will have vaccinated their whole population from 16 years of age upwards by March using the superior and longer-lasting Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.




Why can't Australia do the same so we can get back to normal life ASAP?

Most folks would be willing to pay the vaccination cost if needed.

Another 30-40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine need to be purchased immediately.

Most folks would be willing to pay the vaccination cost if needed.

It is essentially a waste of time giving people the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Its simple chimpanzee adenovirus design cannot protect Australians from mutated strains of COVID-19.

Gregory Boyle, Jamboree Heights


Internet access

As the world moves move and more online, the fear of viruses attacking is being discussed more but not only in the way many expect.

As the COVID-19 virus has spread, more and more people are working from home, families are using video conferencing and purchases are moving online and the increased usage is causing difficulties.

There are many online meetings where a person might drop out or have buffering problems and it is becoming apparent that not only do people have variable internet access levels but even those with apparently good access are having problems.

Many of the major TV news shows are resorting to online interviews but often suffer with poor connections.

As it looks likely that the COVID virus is going to be a major problem for at least another year what can be done to improve internet access, not only in terms of speed and reliability but also for access in more remote areas? It should be fair for all.

I'll send this letter by email and hope that my internet connection is able to handle it.

Dennis Fitzgerald, Box Hill


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