YOUR SAY: Dual highway funds fall short by billions
MACKAY, like the rest of Queensland, will have its say at the polls deciding who will form the next State Government.
And we are facing the most important election since war time.
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Candidates have each had their say, and now it is your turn with letters to the editor.
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Here is what has had Mackay talking.
THE LNP have pledged $33 billion for a 1677km dual carriageway of the Bruce Highway, from the south east of the state to far north Queensland, if elected in the upcoming election.
The cost of the now completed 11km ring road was in the vicinity of $500 million.
Doing some comparisons with the ring road cost to those of the 1677km carriageway, the $33 billion pledged would be unfunded by $42 billion.
Rob Richards, Walkerston
Nature refuges and wild
IT IS great to see the Australian Government announcing $60 million for nature refuges.
It helps deliver towards their international commitment for 17 per cent of the national estate to be in the National Protected Area System.
But this taxpayer investment in caring permanently for places of high natural values is at risk in Queensland as long as current legislation allows their complete destruction for mining.
There is only a finite number of such places and when they are mined it is a net loss to present and future generations.
They cannot be offset.
This a chance for a commitment from all Queensland political parties to support legislative changes to protect such much needed Commonwealth investment.
Patricia Julien, Greenmount
Pledge for more teachers
I NEARLY choked when Deb Frecklington announced that the LNP would hire an additional 3350 teachers and 760 teacher aides across Queensland's primary and high schools over the next four years if elected in October.
What a joke. This from someone who, eight years ago, voted for the newly elected LNP's first budget which led to 14,000 Queenslanders losing their jobs.
I was there when 4400 health workers lost their jobs.
It was an agonising time waiting to find out if your position was being made redundant, what options were available, and how "real" were the options.
The level of uncertainty and stress affected everyone; those losing their positions were devastated and those who remained were left wondering how they could continue to provide essential services when most of their team was being decimated.
And we weren't in the middle of a global pandemic then.
The Palaszczuk Government has prioritised the health of Queenslanders despite ongoing criticism during this pandemic and has now has told Queenslanders how they will be paying for the plan that will deliver our economic recovery.
The LNP has a long history of cutting, sacking and selling.
How many workers will the LNP sack this time to pay for their $23 billion in unfunded promises?
J Rose, Mackay
ON September 10, the Queensland Premier lost the October election with the latest heartless decision in not allowing a lady to attend her father's funeral.
This is one of many callous decisions which she has left to the Chief Medical Officer Jeannette Young who makes unqualified economic political statements.
There is growing anger and a backlash.
Over $100,000 was raised by Paul Murray on Sky News within an hour to support a family of four to pay the cost of hotel quarantine which demonstrates the depth of anger.
AFL players and movie stars can come to Queensland because they make money for us.
I have spoken previously about the atrocious abortion legislation of which many people are unaware.
The government has conveniently kept from its citizens.
Abortion: No questions asked up to 22 weeks and after that with consent of a second medico who can be the actual abortionist.
The reasons are so wide that it is possible for an abortion to be easily performed after 22 weeks.
GPs can be deregistered if they refuse to refer a patient to a doctor who will perform the abortion.
So much for the Hippocratic oath and conscientious objection to killing of human life.
Sex selection is also allowed.
In a failed abortion the baby is to be left in a dish to die in pain with no medical assistance given.
The late Ed Casey and Tim Mulherin, both of whom I met, would never have voted for this as they were genuine Labor and Christian politicians.
This barbaric legislation must be repealed by an LNP government after October 31.
Fortunately we have candidates and MPs in Mackay, Mirani and Whitsunday who are pro-life (not Labor).
Praise God for them.
Neale Hill (former avid Labor supporter and Member)