Letters to the editor

SWAN LAKE: Chris Burns snapped the beautiful colours of this compliant peacock at Lake Moondarra on the weekend while testing out a new external flash on his camera.

SWAN LAKE: Chris Burns snapped the beautiful colours of this compliant peacock at Lake Moondarra on the weekend while testing out a new external flash on his camera.

Unlikely to agree

May I say, right from the start, that anything that Bob Katter or his acolyte Robbie says in 2017 will not be something I will agree with.

I hope they may surprise me with something original.

Not holding my breath.

George Harley 

Mount Isa

Kmart overwhelmed by support in Queensland

Kmart Australia and our charity partners, The Salvation Army and Mission Australia, are overwhelmed by the amazing generosity of Australians who contributed to the Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal in 2016. 

Our Appeal, closed for the 29th year and has again provided much needed Christmas cheer with 342,997 gifts distributed to people in need across the country. 

Queensland accounted for 52,555 of the overall gift tally with Kmart Maroochydore collecting the most gifts in the state. 

We know how much it means to those who hit hard times, to know that people out there care and are willing to support in any way that they can during Christmas. 

On top of the gifts given, shoppers also showed their generosity online and at Kmart registers donating more than $135,000 in cash contributions, which will continue until the end of January. 

We also loved seeing the amazing support from the community, young and old, on social media and can’t thank everyone enough for sharing their posts and encourage others to also give. 

On behalf of the entire Kmart team and our friends at The Salvation Army and Mission Australia, I would like to thank each and every person and business who donated to the Appeal and particularly the incredibly generosity of Queenslanders. 

Ian Bailey

Kmart Managing Director

Too little, too late, Minister

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s third Police Minister in less than two years, Mark Ryan, has decided the best response to a Parliamentary e-petition on Category D weapon restrictions is to host a “firearms forum” in early 2017.

After nearly two years of inaction, it’s too little, too late, Minister.

A closed-door roundtable with select invitees is not the kind of consultation about weapons policy that sporting shooters, dealers, recreational shooters and primary producers all have so desperately needed in Queensland.

Unlike Labor, which dances to the tune of inner city Brisbane greenies and is out of touch with regional Queensland, the LNP has been in continual discussion with these groups.

Issues such as the classification of the Adler shotgun, category H licensing renewals and stronger penalties for gun crime have been at the forefront of this debate over the past two years and Labor has been missing in action.

Under premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, the police portfolio has been a game of musical chairs.

This kind of tokenism is exactly why the Queensland shooting community is fed up with Labor.

They do one thing in Canberra and say another thing when they meet with shooters in Queensland.

The LNP doesn’t take its riding instructions from Canberra.

Instead we will do what is in the best interests of Queenslanders.

That’s why proper consultation is so important and unlike Labor, we respect the rights of the 190,000 licensed firearm owners in Queensland.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government should be focusing their attention on criminality and non-compliance rather than law abiding firearm owners who do the right thing.

Deb Frecklington

Deputy Opposition Leader

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