Some you win, some you Liu
Thank you for publishing the photo of our Federal Member Bob Katter, in Saturday's edition of the Star, sitting in the Federal Parliament next to Gladys Liu, the Liberal MP who many people, including our Federal Member, believed had a number of questions to answer regarding her association with organisations which have close ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
They say "A picture says a thousand words. "How true that is!"
As a person who watches Question Time in Federal Parliament on TV, whenever time permits, you get to know the allocated seat in the Chamber for the Federal Members including the member for Kennedy.
Our Federal member Mr Katter seldom if ever is in the Parliamentary Chamber.
Surely that is what we elect him to do, represent us in the Parliament.
The photo and the associated story in Saturday's North West Star sum it all up nicely.
Mr Katter admits that he believed that the Liberal MP Gladys Liu, had questions to answer about her association with an organisation closely linked to the Chinese Communist Party.
The Opposition motion before the Parliament simply asked her to do just that.
The Liberal Government opposed the motion, defending one of their own.
Mr Katter, obviously ran into the Chamber as the bells were ringing to cast his vote not knowing what he was doing. In his own words,
"I nearly died of shock when I realised that I was sitting next to Gladys Liu."
To sum it up. Mr Katter didn't know what he was voting for and didn't know who he was sitting next to.
This is the man who is paid a handsome salary together with the perks of office who in his own words doesn't know what he is voting for or where he is.
Pity help the electors of Kennedy. I think we deserve better?
Thank you for highlighting the incompetence of our Federal Member.
What you need to know about prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in Queensland men, so we're urging men to help raise awareness of the disease this Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and better understand their risk to help detect it early. One in five Queensland men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by 85 - that equates to around 4,000 men each year.
The cause of prostate cancer is still not clear, and in the early stages, prostate cancer often doesn't produce any symptoms. However, we do know that the risk of prostate cancer rises with age and occurs mainly in men over 60 years.
Men with a family history also have an increased risk of developing the disease.
It is crucial that men understand their risk and let their GP know if they have a family history or any usual signs and symptoms to receive the right advice on the pros and cons of prostate cancer testing.
Unfortunately, there is currently no single, simple test to detect prostate cancer. The test most commonly used to aid early detection of prostate cancer is the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. However, this test does not always reliably identify the presence of prostate cancer as PSA levels may be elevated from causes other than prostate cancer.
We recommend men speak with their GP about what is right for them, especially if they notice body changes including difficulty or pain in passing urine, or blood in urine, and any of these symptoms combined with pain in the lower back, upper thighs or pelvic region.
If men have questions or concerns about prostate cancer, they should visit their GP or call Cancer Council's 13 11 20 to access information and confidential support.
Ms Chris McMillan
CEO, Cancer Council Queensland