Letters to the editor

With talks yet again of a separate state in North Queensland, Bret Currie wonders who might "bob up" to become the new state's first premier.
With talks yet again of a separate state in North Queensland, Bret Currie wonders who might "bob up" to become the new state's first premier.

Changes needed at Buchanan Park to help senior citizens

I would like to bring to your urgent attention a matter relating to the need for railings down the centre of stairs in the reserved seating and also public seating at Buchanan Park.

I observed many senior citizens, including myself, having the need for the public to assist us to our seats,

Some visitors complained about the fear of falling because of having nothing to hold on to.

I’ve been informed it is to do with fire evacuation but surely it would be quicker and safer for people to evacuate if they had a railing to hold on to.

There needs to be a risk assessment done on the situation.

A failure to do so could be a breach of Workplace Health and Safety.

Ailsa Morgan

Mount Isa

Coal is needed

We need a responsible, practical low – cost mix of solutions, that includes coal

We need a responsible, practical low-cost mix of solutions to our electricity future. Reliable and affordable power must be the target.

The Federal Government has an objective of 23.5 per cent of Australia’s electricity generation to come from renewable sources by 2020.

For South Australia, the target is 50 per cent by 2025. Under the Labor State Government, Queensland is rushing towards a renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030.

Meantime, the renewable subsidies are a charge on households, businesses and irrigators.

In Queensland, the peculiarities of this false economics are especially grave.

According to the State Government-commissioned Queensland Productivity Commission Report into Electricity Pricing, Labor’s 50 per cent renewable energy policy means:

• Queensland power stations will lose $6.2 billion

• Queensland taxpayers will fund $10.8 billion in subsidies

• Queenslanders will be subsidising electricity prices in other states

• Queensland’s economy will shrink

• Queensland families will pay $317 million more for electricity

• Businesses will pay $221 million more and industry will pay $746 million more for electricity.

In north Queensland, where business and families are being crippled by electricity costs, the LNP supports construction of a new, ultra-supercritical coal-fired power station – producing up to 40 per cent less emissions than current coal generators – to bring relief.

We need a responsible, practical low – cost mix of solutions, that includes coal, delivering positive outcomes for the budget bottom lines of households, business and agriculture.

Kerry Latter

LNP Candidate for Mirani

Things I will not do

There are somethings I will not do, like vote for Hanson, Katter and a few more other venal, hateful Anglicans or Catholics.

I will not vote for gun nuts to promote their favourite fetish and then go use those guns to kill themselves and family.

The Anglicans were started by King Henry that did not like those marriage rules and changed them to allow him to behead.

And as for the Catholic Church?  I will ask just one question.

If you had an emergency and had to find a baby sitter for your children at short notice, and you knew nothing about the two candidates available, would you chose a gay couple with children, or a single Catholic priest?

George Harley 

Mount Isa