Three sides to every story
Even though the US Elections appears to have been "done and dusted ", it has annoyed me to constantly hear about how many people have died in the US.
In other words, saying that the high number is the blame the people in power.
Not all media outlets are guilty of these statements but when you compare the number of covid 19 fatalities in the US to the United Kingdom, their percentages of their total population are very similar.
What they don't say is that in 2020, there are approximately 68 million people in the United Kingdom in comparison with the approximately 331 million people in the United States.
Of course there are going to be more fatalities in the country with the bigger population.
But some of the media outlets thrive on dramatisation of events to sell their product and sway people's opinions who jump quickly to conclusions.
The moral of this letter is to remember that there are three sides to every story i.e. your side, their side and the truth.
Laura Johnson Aged Care Isa
I have been trying to find out why it is still in lock down, only family allowed to visit.
I have not seen my friend for half the year, she has no family in town.
Aged care facilities on the coast are open
End of an Era
There are many victims of Covid-19. While governments set boundaries, the economy immediately impacted everyone.
Business suddenly closed, essential services restricted and workers lost jobs.
Parents became educators. In confined quarters, relationship violence escalated in already dysfunctional homes.
Covid restrictions shut down restaurants. It was untenable in the long term, with nowhere for families and groups eating out.
Slowly the economy recovered over six months, but too slow to save our favourites. Alternatively, the home food delivery services trend boomed.
It is the end of an era for our favourite, four popular Queensland "Sizzlers", on 15 November, sadly missed. Where to in 2021 for such value and pleasant atmosphere?
Farm safety reminder
Farm work is one of the most dangerous professions in Queensland, due to the use of heavy machinery, chemicals, trucks, tractors and field work required.
Injury claims accepted by WorkCover insurers in the agricultural and forestry industry increased to 2,268 in 2019-20 from 2,195 the year prior, according to WorkSafe Queensland.
Many farmers think an accident is never going to happen to them but in my experience accidents can occur when even the most experienced farmers are present, who have been performing the same tasks for many years.
For this reason, it's important for an employer to not only put the right procedures in place to keep staff safe but also ensure they are implemented on a day to day basis.
The remote work farmers undertake can mean they are isolated from help, putting them at further risk.
Recent reports of farming accidents in North Queensland really put into perspective the importance of workplace health and safety. Even if it's your own family business, it's not worth putting yourself or your family at risk. I have represented farmers who have been injured by fires, quad bikes, trucks or tractors rolling, faulty machinery or while undertaking regular maintenance on machinery and vehicles.
Slater and Gordon Associate Sarah Singh