Opinion

OPINION: Is Australia kidding itself?

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SO, PETER Garrett, a former Federal environment minister, honestly believes that India could not obtain supplies of coal from anywhere else in the world if Australia was to deny Adani access to develop our Galilee Basin.

Little wonder then that this energy rich country of ours is now mired down in energy shortages, with power prices approaching the highest in the world, yet we have absolutely zero prospect of having any significant influence on Co2 emissions that might effect the Earth's climate.

As a nation we continue to drive ourselves towards inevitable job losses, eventual poverty for all, yet with no possibility whatsoever that our sacrifices might benefit the planet in any way.

Sadly, the use of the emotive "save the Great Barrier Reef” by activists, and even the scientific community, to ignite public emotions to the point where "we must do something” is also a cruel hoax being perpetrated by people who should know better; in point of fact whether the world does, or does not, manage to contain global warming to the current target of "less than two degrees”, it is quite simply beyond Australia's capacity to have any meaningful influence.

We should also happily appreciate that our Great Barrier Reef is perhaps uniquely placed to cope very well with changes in water temperature, knowing as we do that many of its corals happily flourish elsewhere, for example, off Indonesia and PNG, and the central Pacific, in waters a deal warmer than what we have off east coast Australia.

In passing, we might also wonder why our scientists seem to expect coral bleaching to be an intermittent phenomenon whilst, at the same time, blaming it on "global warming”, which they cite as more or less of a continuing or permanent nature.

Of course, coral bleaching itself is nothing new and, until recent years, science attributed the cause to an unhappy confluence of solar flare activity, mid-summer temperatures, and neap tides (thus less cooling currents) - those historical happenings were indeed intermittent in frequency.

- Ray Bennett, Mackay

Pay attention to pets

IS YOUR dog or cat keeping secrets from you?

Our animal companions tend to hide health problems from us. So, even if it seems like a nuisance, seeing your veterinarian on a regular basis can help pick up on problems before they become serious.

Dental disease, lumps and bumps on the skin, increasing or decreasing bodyweight, joint stiffness and changes in the ability to walk caused by arthritis occur so slowly that we often don't notice them.

New strains of diseases appear all the time, for example a new strain of parvovirus was found in Australia this year which is extremely contagious and fatal in 50% of cases.

Companion animals depend on us for their welfare. In return for our care, they offer unconditional love. It's worth any inconvenience to make sure they are well.

- Ashley Fruno, PETA

Starved for power

THE latest brain snap of PM Malcolm and his mob is to implement power rationing.

Just send an SMS to air conditioner users to switch off their ACs in return for the bait of a few bucks off the power bill. Never mind the sweltering summers in the brick boxes.

How many will 'voluntarily' sign up for this latest idea from Canberra's 'malfunction junction'?

Here we are, surrounded by oceans of coal, but NO we can't use it as it just might produce too much carbon.

Tony Abbott recently attacked the global warmers in his speech in the UK. He isn't convinced that mankind is influencing the warming of planet earth.

Like we need more dams, we need more coal-fired power plants. Why should we be starved for power in the midst of plenty?

We've suffered their nonsense, in so many areas, for far too long. Time to call time on the pollies who won't put Australia first.

-Jay Nauss, Glen Aplin

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SMS

What is wrong with people - walking their dogs flat out in the sun or riding a bike pulling them along in the heat? Dogs have a higher temp than us.You will kill them! You have to walk them early in the morning and in the evening. And because the crims own the the cooler times you need a companion or two and a mobile phone. Yes have run into unsavory humans in early hours and at night stopped me from riding & walking this is in many regional areas now ....

AZ, Mackay

The Member for Mirani has proudly stood side by side with CFMEU members at the Oaky mine. The same members who it's been claimed have threatened to rape the children of workers who didn't protest with them. I call on the Member for Mirani to distance himself from these thugs and refuse to accept donations from the CFMEU. But sadly, I feel as though he'll choose the CMFEU over the Mirani electorate once again.

PW, Walkerston

With Premier Palaszczuk promising Adani a royalties holiday on coal produced at Carmichael Mine, what implications does this have for the carve up of GST to states? How will the Federal Government take this deferred or non-payment of royalties into account and if not taken into account will it further set state against state with GST allocations?

Will Queensland get less GST thus impacting on taxpayers and pensioners, health, schools, etc?

KD, Walkerston

Surely people weren't so naive to believe Mackay was going to get any work from Adani. If you want a job in Mackay, move to Rocky or Townsville.

AL, Mackay

Sorry to hear that the MidWeek will not be printed after next week but would love to see the Daily Mercury keep the puzzle wordfit in our paper.

AD, Sarina

What a stupid nation we live in, a severe housing shortage and 10,000 empty houses. Go Figure.

MH, Habana

Just what goes on with Bridge Rd? Work has been going on here for many, many months. They put in work and next they pull it up... 40k and really they're going nowhere! How much is it costing?

FD, South Mackay

Last time they predicted 200mm, we got 30mm.

AL, Mackay

KH , South Mackay , loved your SMS (12/10/17), you got all the flat-earthers in one fell swoop.√

JW, Slade Point

The Eungella Chalet obtained its liqour licence in 1955 with Kae Sprogoe as mine host.

MM, Mirani

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