Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Be Sure of Conditions

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Be Sure of Conditions

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REGARDING the sacking of four people who worked at the Ooralea track in relation to allegations of drinking on the job.

We hear of these great payouts to people who have done nothing great in life other than to get our country in a great mess.

This, when four very hard-working, honest and conscientious men who gave their best can be dismissed - in my opinion - without a warning and on little evidence, other than some empty beer bottles in a bin accessible to everyone on the racecourse, it raises the question about where our country is headed.

In a couple of weeks we will be celebrating Anzac Day.

What would those Diggers, who gave their lives for freedom and a fair go, think of the treatment of their sons?

To those desperate and looking for work, one can only issue a general warning about working conditions.

Generally speaking people should make sure that are members of unions or have something in writing about the conditions of their work and make sure they always sign a time sheet.

I would question the conditions under which these people worked at the track.

It is my understanding that they had no dedicated lunch room, cold water fountain or facility to shower after handling horses and other work and that they were not highly paid for the work they did.

Great generosity

QUEENSLANDERS of all ages and backgrounds once again took up the challenge to be brave and shave in support of patients and their families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

On behalf of the Leukaemia Foundation, I extend a sincere thank-you to the 30,000 Queenslanders who shaved, coloured or waxed their hair for this year's World's Greatest Shave.

The Leukaemia Foundation has been overwhelmed with the success of World's Greatest Shave this year and we are now busy collecting the funds raised from the hundreds of shave events held across the state over the past few weeks.

Although it is too early to predict how much has been raised, we are on target to reach our goal of $3 million.

The support given to the event by schools, communities, businesses, mining operations, government bodies, social and sporting clubs, individuals and the media has been outstanding. …

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