Update from the decision makers


The Federal Minister for Health Greg Hunt MP thanked me for contacting him regarding a risk management plan for the Queensland quadrennial local government elections and has advised he will review.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland (ECQ) advised they are monitoring advice from the Queensland Chief Health Officer in regards to the ongoing management of the coronavirus.

The current advice is there is no need to cancel any events or gatherings or take additional precautions to normal practice however hand sanitiser will be available at early voting centres and polling booths for this election.

“As part of prudent risk management, ECQ are working through options in the event the current status changes.”

#Vote1JD4mayor #Election2020 #coronavirus #WashYourHands #Vote1JanneanDean

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Authorised J. Dean, 2 Patrick Street Point Vernon 4655 for J. Dean (candidate)

Coronavirus preparedness

Queensland local government elections are on our doorstop. With prepoll only a week away, should we be looking at mitigating the risks of spreading the coronavirus?

Sunday 8 March 2020

Although coronavirus has not shown up on the Fraser Coast to date; we still have a lot of people travelling to and from the region to other parts of Queensland, interstate and overseas. Professor John Fraser, who is the director of ICU at St Andrews Hospital in Springhill Brisbane came out today and spoke of a ‘viral tornado’, warning the disease could have unparalleled impacts on Queensland and Australia. “It remains unclear in which direction and at what time this tornado will hit Australian land in full – but it seems likely it will land with the force of a Category 5,” he said. Will prepoll be a catalyst for the spread of coronavirus?

By preparing ahead, we must take a rational approach as our goal must be to prevent the transmission within our community and really to reduce the impact both in terms of sickness and certainly in terms of severe complications or death. It’s about keeping safe and not being in a state of panic or fear.

How to vote (HTV) cards pose another hazard, not only are they a waste of money in my opinion; a recent paper looked at how long coronaviruses could survive on various types of surfaces. It said “Human coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces at room temperature for up to 9 days. At a temperature of 30°C or more, the duration of persistence is shorter. Veterinary coronaviruses have been shown to persist even longer for 28 days.

When the scientists delved into the literature on the persistence of coronaviruses on different surfaces, the results were variable. For instance, the MERS virus persisted for 48 hours on a steel surface at 20°C. However, on a similar surface and at the same temperature, TGEV survived for up to 28 days.

Similarly, two studies investigated the survival of two strains of SARS coronavirus on a paper surface. One survived 4 – 5 days, the other for just 3 hours. HTV cards are paper.

We must not panic – thinking ahead, planning ahead for what or may not come is the best form of defence. In the coming weeks we will be connected in one or another – by taking care of each other we take care of our communities.

There is absolutely no need to panic. We must not see the craziness of people fighting in the supermarket aisles with toilet paper causing more harm. If your neighbor needs a toilet roll, milk, bread and / or any of the basics extend your neighbourly hand.

Proper preparation prevents the spread and protects the people.

Should all Queensland voters be considering registering for postal votes?

I have emailed Electoral Commission of Queensland, Minister for Health Steven Miles, copied in Shadow Minister for Health Rosslyn Bates and Federal Minister for Health The Hon Greg Hunt.

Responses will be published here and across my social media platforms.

#WashYourHands #Bpreparednotpanic #coronavirus #prepoll #Election2020 #Vote1JD4mayor

Authorised J. Dean, 2 Patrick Street Point Vernon 4655 for J. Dean (candidate)

Election Commitment 7 of 8



**  Attract 24 hour pharmacies across the Fraser Coast. 

**  Offering professional service and advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

**  Gives people the ability to access a pharmacist around the clock, for a range of ailments and medication needs.

**  Reduces the burden on emergency departments.

**  Would help families avoid going to the emergency room for minor health problems.

**  This will take the pressure off our overcrowded emergency departments, so doctors can treat the sickest patients more quickly.

**  Benefits low priority cases where a patient just needs to pick up a prescription or get simple help and advice.

**  Focus on health and fitness, reducing obesity and increasing mental well-being.

**  Phase out sugar as it creates a lot of health problems

The Fraser Coast is on the verge of a health crisis with reported cases of type two diabetes rising by an enormous 17% in Hervey Bay in just two years.

The instances of the disease rose by 5% in Maryborough during the same period.

The figures are a shocking show of the health in the region considering about 60% of cases of type two diabetes are preventable through an active lifestyle and healthy eating.

Hervey Bay had the sharpest rise in type 2 diabetes cases with the Burnett the closest rival at 11% followed by Gympie which saw an increase of 10%.


Calling all Queenslanders…


On the 1st of December, for the first time in Qld history, a petition from the people of Qld, sponsored by a politician, (Steve Dickson MP) will be presented to parliament calling for the Qld parliament to:

Allow all persons with a medical condition or symptoms, who may benefit, access to Australian made whole plant cannabis therapies and to grant immediate amnesty for all cannabis therapy users, their carers and cannabis therapists.

This is the time for EVERYONE to step up and make this happen. 500 signatures is not going to help us. We need thousands of signatures on this petition. (Currently 5,170 signatures)

If Qld is able to achieve this then ALL states will have to follow.
IF YOU LIVE IN QLD – Please sign the petition.

Locate the daily posts that will be on the MCUA Australia facebook page and share with ALL of your friends no matter where they live (your interstate friends will have friends in Qld) and share in ALL of your networks. Alternatively you can tag your friends in post on the MCUA page.

If you live on the Fraser Coast please join Fraser Coast Have Your Say where you can read further updates.

A PDF version of this petition will be available for printing and we urge all Qld residents who are able to gather signatures in their local areas to inbox MCUA Australia urgently.

IF YOU DO NOT LIVE IN QLD – You cannot sign the petition. You CAN however help us reach as many people as humanly possible before the e-petition closes on the 30th November.

The epetition (linked) closes on the 30th NOVEMBER PLEASE SIGN HERE



Please print and get signatures on the Petition Medicinal-Cannabis-Paper-Petition-Nov-15

Great Interview on ABC radio with Sunshine Coast local Beck Bridson – Listen Here

Cabinet Ministers Meeting

On Sunday Jeanette Maynes and I traveled to Bundaberg to meet with Qld State Government Officials to voice our concerns, start conversations and offer ideas and solutions.

We were warmly welcomed by Mayor of Bundaberg Mal Forman and to my delight the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was keen to speak with me on many matters.

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I spoke with 17 Government Officials on a range of matters and look forward to continuing the conversations.

I spoke to The Premier several times during the afternoon on Medical Cannabis, Hemp Industry, Job Creation, Supporting Farmers, Boosting our Economy and Innovation, Domestic Violence. Annastacia received all the literature and evidence and advised she would read it on the plane tomorrow and be in touch.

Jon Black, Director-General – Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and Chris Hill, Director – DEHP joined Jeanette Maynes and I for clarification on the Maryborough Original Township Site and any future development protocols. Jon Black made a call to seek confirmation and further information. We discussed our perspective of this magnificent site and what we believe is a better approach and under no circumstances should this site have an ‘iconic development’ built there. They listened intently to our argument for this and were keen to learn more.
We also mentioned the current application for Pialba Memorial Hall and the Cenotaph, which will be heard in the near future. Freedom Park and the Railway Station were also discussed. We will discuss this again.

Jeanette Maynes champions for the protection of our foreshore by speaking with Steven Miles MP for Environment. Rodney Dudgeon also standing strong on the correct and proper decisions that should be made. Great advocates for environmental awareness.

Qld Treasurer – Mr Curtis Pitt MP made time to discuss the Indigenous Employment and Training Programme, Col Bowman and I have been working on for some time. Joining us was Manny Hegarty, Regional Director CQ – Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and several other people. They loved it and are going to advise how to make this happen. I stressed that 90% Indigenous unemployed on the Fraser Coast was a fail and not good enough, especially since something like this which is 100% Federally funded is not already running is poor. We also discussed how this would improve relations and acknowledging the Traditional Owners we move forward. Keeping Indigenous Bush Medicine and Culture and valuing it is something we should all want to do.
I am thrilled they agreed and Manny will be working out the best way to make this happen and soon. Fingers crossed.
They also advised to speak with another DG Megan Houghton regarding the Fraser Island (K’Gari) Tourism and Dingo Management Policy. Megan is from Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games.
Megan and I discussed some of the points from the document to highlight why it needs to be seriously changed. She agreed and accepted, advising she would circulate to all the relevant Departments for consideration as it takes into account environment, tourism, small business, education, medical etc. We will have further discussions.

Linda from the Community Cabinet Ministers Office will personally deliver the De-amalgamation Public Address from Cliff Hammer to Hon Jacklyn (Jackie) Trad, Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade. This will be followed up.

Qld Police Commissioner Ian Stewart enjoying Jeanette Maynes conversation. A big thank you to the Police Commissioner for willing to look at the people’s Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Policy incorporating the Judiciary System. Whilst speaking with another high ranking police official we both agreed the current system is not working and a fresh approach is required. I look forward to discussing this further with them in the near future.

Michael Hogan, Director-General – Department of Communications, Child Safety and Disability Services spent every moment exchanging information on Domestic Violence – I requested Qld adopt the Batty Findings by Judge Ian Gray in Victoria. We also discussed time frame, $’s and education and training amongst other topics including risk assessment and information sharing. Briefly discussed the inadequacies of the Bail Act. This is crucial to winning the war on DV. It was a valued meeting. As requested I will complete a submission to task force for consideration.
The DG will also look into the helicopter being permitted to land next to a Children’s Disability Park and the concerns we have about this and how this was approved.

Acting Director General, Stephen Johnston – Dpt Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning was concerned as we were about the direction FCRC have taken us all and was unaware of some points made. There will be follow up communications on a range of matters.


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I agree 100% with Johann Hari author of ‘Chasing the Scream’. Drugs should be decriminalised. 14 years ago Portugal did just that and now drug usage has been reduced by 50%. We need to take all the money we spend on the criminal side and invest in creating jobs coupled with rehab and support. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety but connection. Everything that has been known about addiction is wrong. Bruce Alexander Professor of Psychology did a range of experiments and found addiction is not a moral failing, addiction is not a disease but a way of coping with pain and isolation. We need to have a different approach at every level, on a personal level, political level and a social level. This is the thing that is most primed to bring addicts back to us.

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Members of the Medical Cannabis Users Association Australia (MCUA) are planning a Nationwide ‘awareness raising’ campaign at courthouses across Australia on the 2nd and 3rd of September to show support for our members and their families who suffer needless stress because of the lack of police discretion; and to highlight the waste of tax payers money involved in long running court proceedings against medical cannabis growers.

MCUA members across Australia are up in arms about the slow progress being made in changing the laws and the double standards being applied by all governments in this the country, who seem unable to understand the basic concept that plant based cannabis is powerful medicine.
In one hand the NSW Government, who “lead the way forward” are offering us “cannabis” trials – without any real cannabis in them; and with the other hand they are raiding and punishing people for wanting to use it now, rather than wait 10yrs for big pharma results and “permission” to get relief.

In 2013, NSW resident, Craig Goodwin cured himself of liver cancer with the help of extracts he made from home grown cannabis. He then spent 10 months on remand in prison for growing and making this medicine. All charges were subsequently squashed in the district court and he was released without conviction last year.

Twelve months later he was arrested again for 6 plants in his back yard – grown to continue his health care regime; and 135 plants on an adjoining property assumed to have been his. He was fined $1500 in Taree court this week for 6 plants. The remaining charges were dismissed by the court.
Two weeks earlier, oil maker Malcolm Lees, who had pleaded guilty in Newcastle court to supplying medical cannabis as a “rate lower than the black market”, faced a sentencing hearing for his crime. This has been adjourned until October when he will make his 4th court appearance for the same offence at tax payer expense.

Peter Rule, who grows and makes cannabis medicine for his disabled daughter, Larisa, is now facing further charges following his court appearance for sentencing this week in Wyong. He will re appear on 2nd September. His partner will also face court in September.

Larisa has cannabis tincture in various doses listed as experimental epileptic medication at Westmead Children’s Hospital via Neurology Dept., according to her dad.

This is the second time Peter has been on charges relating to medicinal cannabis use for his daughter in twelve months.

This is the catalyst that sparked this MCUA action.

Malcolm, Craig and Peter are MCUA members. As are Matt and Elizabeth Pallet in Victoria who face serious charges in Frankston court on 3rd September, for supplying medical cannabis to desperately sick and suffering people.

These growers and oil makers are the experts the governments should be consulting – not dragging through the courts. They should not be used as pawns to boost arrest numbers in the police funding circus by officers who are brainwashed by propaganda.

The knowledge bank that already exists within the MCUA’s 8300 member base is immense. It will take our Governments decades to acquire the knowledge and results being obtained right now by these people.

Hundreds of thousands of Australians want LEGAL access to cannabis because they are already experiencing the safe and effective healing properties of this plant. Why should they have to defy the law in order to get access?

Scientific research already undertaken by international experts (and hundreds of Australian testimonials) clearly demonstrates that cannabis has the ability to improve the quality of life for sufferers of literally hundreds of common, rare and baffling ailments. It has the potential to double the current survival rate for cancer and give patients renewed hope.

Terminally ill and suffering Australians don’t have time or patience to wait a decade for trials; nor do they see the need to imitate nature with expensive pharmaceutical products brewed purely for profit, when then fresh home grown product, is non psychoactive and can produce miraculous results for the cost of a tomato plant .

MCUA members will be talking to the public about this and handing out information to raise awareness of the legal issues and the health benefits of medicinal cannabis during these actions. The governments are taking too long and we are putting them on notice – we will not be held to ransom by vested interest and we will continue to defy until the changes are made to allow people to choose and use cannabis for home grown for health.

Australian HEMP Party President Michael Balderstone applauds their dedication and action. “So few people are speaking out on the ludicrous position medical cannabis users find themselves in in Australia. Increasingly we hear drug testing drivers and workers is actually pushing people to use other far more dangerous and less efficient but undetectable drugs. The cruel greed of Big Pharma knows no bounds in its pursuit of profit. Shame on the politicians who support them and seem content to compromise two (2) million regular Australian cannabis users.”

We should be supporting OUR farmers and boosting OUR economy. We really need to have cannabis grown and made in Australia and not imported – this is important not only to our farmers and economy but for quality control.

Supporters will be attending the Medical Cannabis Users Rally Nationwide to support compassionate growers facing charges in NSW and Victoria at the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Wednesday 2nd September at 10:00am. Come along say hello and sign the petition requesting the Queensland Government to amend Health Regulation 270A to read “The Chief Executive Officer may grant approval to a person to cultivate, manufacture, produce, possess, supply, prescribe, obtain and use cannabis for human therapeutic use;” and introduce an immediate amnesty, access to State laboratories, and establish a Steering Committee with patient advocates; ensuring that patient’s health rights are at the centre of any decision making, and use regulating powers and prescribing standards in Part 4 and 4A of the Health Act to make regulations for a state-wide Medical Cannabis Program with provisions for patients and Carers to lawfully cultivate and produce their own cannabis and oils/tinctures; and a state licencing System for commercial cultivators and producers of manufactured cannabis products for supply through dispensaries.

Petition Link: CLICK HERE
Event Link: CLICK HERE

Fraser Coast Community Unites


I have organised this event in Hervey Bay Qld for the entire Fraser Coast in line with the weekend there will be Welfare Marches around Australia 11th – 12th July.

The venue was chosen for several reasons. As you are probably aware Freedom Park is the home of the Hervey Bay Communities remaining two historical buildings – Memorial Hall and the Railway Station; which Council is trying to clear for their proposed new building. I thought this was the best location, as it is a perfect position to highlight the concerns of the people surrounding heritage, environment, foreshore management, small business, rates, crime, drug epidemic, jobs, dingoes and all the issues affecting our community by the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s poor and mismanagement practices, including State and Federal Governments.

People from ALL OUR Communities will be attending. Specialist parties have also been invited. i.e. Foreshore, Environmental, Rates Association, Youth Groups, Domestic Violence Advocates, Child Welfare Groups, Save the Fraser Island Dingo, Homeless Advocates, Heritage Committees, Small Business Representatives, De-amalgamation Committee, all Community Groups that utilise the Memorial Hall on a daily basis and the Vietnam Veterans Association currently working from the Railway Station etc.

Ministers, Senators, Members of Parliament, Mayor, Councillors and Executive of the Fraser Coast Regional Council will be given special invitations. Some are already aware and waiting confirmation of event details.

I am waiting on confirmation from two worthy groups to cater for the event as an opportunity to fund raise.

If you know a group or speaker who would like to be heard please ask them to contact me.

Click here to join the event

JANUARY 19TH, 2015

Time for education from a young age to be introduced into the Diabetes Type 2 epidemic, so by the time they read adult hood they have made good choices and nutrition becomes a way of life. Fast food advertising needs to be limited so the minds of everyone are not bombarded with images that will have a detrimental affect on the health and well being.…/diabetes-…/2515944/