A man ripped a Kookaburra’s head off in Western Australia. Picture: ISABELLA LETTINI
A man ripped a Kookaburra’s head off in Western Australia. Picture: ISABELLA LETTINI

Opinion: ‘No cruelty to birds can be justified’

Remembrance Day

AUSTRALIANS are justifiably proud of our Australian Defence Force current serving members and our veterans.

On November 11 at 11am, this and every year, I encourage all Australians to pause for a minute’s silence and remember all those who have suffered and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Every year we mark Remembrance Day because it was at this time and date in 1918 that the guns fell silent on the Western Front, officially ending the First World War.

Originally known as Armistice Day, this day reminds us to pause and remember those who served in the ‘war to end all wars’ and every conflict and peacekeeping mission since.

We especially honour the more than 102,000 Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the freedoms we enjoy today.

Remembrance Day is commemorated in towns, cities and communities across Australia and overseas and I encourage everyone to attend a service and wear a red poppy in memory of our servicemen and women. Thank you for your service.

Lest we forget.

Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel

Animal cruelty

IS IT cruel to rip the head off a kookaburra? (Bird’s head ripped off, 28/10/19). I’m sure most readers would say that it is.

But if we regard this as cruel, surely it’s far crueller to simultaneously boil and drown another species of bird to death.

Yet this is the cruel and tragic fate of many inoffensive and friendly little chickens slaughtered for their meat and eggs.

Why is it that when an individual act of cruelty occurs we condemn it, yet when cruelty occurs on a gigantic scale we ignore to it?

No cruelty to birds can be justified because no chicken flesh or birds eggs are necessary in order for us to enjoy a healthy and happy life.

Jenny Moxham, Victoria

Aged care

WE WENT to the information meeting on aged care, held yesterday afternoon at a local sporting centre.

Cr Martin Bella spoke on the subject under discussion. I have heard his name before, but have never had any contact with him personally.

I would like to congratulate Cr Bella, both as a councillor and as a human being, for his attitude to other people and his consideration for their take on life.

He came across as a very caring and balanced man with a mind open enough to consider all aspects of a debate.

Martin Bella, you are a shining star and we wish you only calm water for the rest of your life. May all the white water be behind you now.

Phoebe Carter, Mackay

Nothing good about Adani

AS THE Carmichael coal project in Central Queensland staggers along, questions are being asked concerning the proposed royalties deal between our State Government and Adani.

The government’s own guidelines preclude signing any deal until Adani has guaranteed access to rail lines and facilities to offload their thermal coal.

Therein lies the rub. Adani has so far failed to secure such access and so the Adani company looks more unlikely to ever burn Galilee thermal coal.

The Australia Institute predicts that the proposed royalties deferment alone would be a subsidy to Adani of between $250 and $700 million. Of course, the cloak of secrecy around these negotiations hints that all is not how it seems and the government, with breathless cynicism, hopes to evade it’s own stated promise of not using taxpayers’ money to subsidise Adani.

The actions of this government bring to mind the fable of Jack and the Beanstalk. I suggest we are losing the cow in exchange for bitter fruit.

Steve Bulloch, Mackay

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