LETTERS: Anthony Seibold owed an apology

BRONCOS part-owner Phil Murphy recently described coach Anthony Seibold as "a cancer that was threatening to kill the club" (C-M, Aug 26).

It's probably not unreasonable to suggest that, as a wordsmith, Murphy's choice of language leaves a lot to be desired.

After all, as a lifetime supporter of rugby league, I, as do many others, realise that at the end of the day, it is merely a game.

That is, ordinarily, one team wins and one team loses and life then returns to normal.

Even for the supporters of a losing team, no matter how often their team loses and how often they choose to criticise their performance, life simply goes on.

So might I suggest that if Murphy is unable to be more "circumspect" in his choice of language, perhaps he would be better investing his money elsewhere. Cancer research might be a good start.

A personal apology to Seibold, if one hasn't already been issued, would also not go astray, given the comments made were ill-informed and in poor taste.

Personal attacks aren't going to improve the situation.

They are only going to cause further division in a club which is clearly at war within itself.

Frank Edwards, Sandgate


QUEENSLAND NRL fans have been following the unedifying spectacle of the Broncos' slide into ignominy for the past year or so.

Coach Anthony Seibold has been the brunt of the criticism for the club's dilemma, and over the past week or so Paul White, Karl Morris, Darren Lockyer and others from the Broncos management team have come under severe criticism for their roles in the drama.

However, I have yet got to read or hear anywhere is the media mention that the players who front up on the field each week, those who have lost 12 of their past 13 games, must accept a lot of the blame for the Broncos' bad win/loss ratio.

Come on, let's be fair to Seibold. He's not the only one responsible for the club's poor showing on the field.

Frank Wolber, Tingalpa


I AM not a rugby league follower but I am disgusted by the reported trolling behaviour against Anthony Seibold, which seems to be endemic.

What is also endemic is a lack of support for someone when they are down.

Seibold was strong before this crisis and will be even stronger after it, which some people will never see.

Michael Wouters, Bundaberg





THE State Labor Government has made jobs its mantra for the upcoming election.

Their federal counterparts have learned nothing from the last federal election with their anti-coal obsession and of course their Greens supporters.

Labor Senator Murray Watts has denigrated the federal government for wanting to build a coal-fired power station in north Queensland.

Senator Watts parrots the Greens mantra of renewable wind and solar, neither of which can deliver baseload power and requires massive subsidies.

Naturally rural jobs are of no concern to the Labor/Greens amalgam, but for the people employed, job security is all important, something that is obviously of little concern to the federal opposition in Canberra.

Tony Miles, Chermside





IT'S all unfolding so perfectly for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with the prospect of her beaming down on all her grateful and sycophantic subjects from high up in the Gabba as the AFL Grand Final is played out just days before her kingdom overwhelmingly votes to return her to office (C-M, Aug 26).

Political grandstanding at the highest level possible.

I can also easily envisage Dr Jeannette Young, her beloved Chief Health Officer, sitting up there alongside the Premier with a set of binoculars focused on anybody down there daring to have any fun at a public gathering of any sort and ordering the police to eject anybody daring to do so.

I'm also assuming that any of the non-Queensland players taking part will have been fully informed by the Queensland Premier that in the event of any serious injuries they will not be treated at any Queensland hospitals which are strictly reserved for locals only.

I'm just hoping that our glorious leader has something in common with at least one of the competing teams a week or so later, that she too finds her grand finale has a disappointing outcome.

Crispin Walters, Chapel Hill





AS A schoolkid I recall writing my address as being "Holland Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Southern Hemisphere, World, Universe" - in that order.

I have witnessed young kids to this day doing the same thing.

My point is that we are brought up to see the world from a parochial perspective as we develop our sense of where we belong.

And so it is that while on most occasions I find the opinions and sentiments written by columnist Mike O'Connor as being most agreeable, on the matter of COVID-19 and border control (C-M, Aug 25) I must disagree.

Of course we are all proudly Australian, but by virtue of our Constitution we are also a nation divided into a federation of states and territories, and, more informally, numerous local governments.

That being the case, we should, as honest tax-paying citizens, expect our various levels of government to perform their duties and responsibilities effectively with all the appropriate steps taken to sustain and maintain our strength and prosperity.

In line with that I suggest that all Australians should therefore regard themselves as being state's people first, and Australian second.

It will be by virtue of the various levels of government performing their specific functions in a timely and effective manner that we, Australians, will come together so much stronger as a nation.

Richard K. Tiainen, Holland Park West





A sign warning Victorians to isolate. Photo: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images
A sign warning Victorians to isolate. Photo: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images




I LIVED through the 1957-58 "influenza pandemic", referred to then as "Asian flu".

I was 19 at the time.

In the US, 110,000 died, in the UK 33,000 died, and in Germany 30,000 died.

Populations then were smaller and transportation was very limited by today's standards.

No businesses were closed, life carried on quite normally and, from memory, "Cover-up each cough and sneeze otherwise you'll spread disease" was the only recommendation given by the government that I can remember.

In those years, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, mumps, tuberculosis, measles, and polio were all common communicable diseases that could kill or leave one with lifelong problems, so the flu didn't loom very large.

Please note that all those diseases can now be controlled by vaccinations.

Politicians who have instituted the current extreme controls will never have to worry about losing their incomes, their pensions, their homes or their jobs. They have no way of measuring the damage they have done to so many employed and self-employed people - a lot more than those affected by the virus.

Neville Parker, Paradise Waters





A NUMBER of readers commented on Mike O'Connor's column (Letters, Aug 26).

I agree with his comments but it was a shame he didn't go further and question the continued lockdowns of the elderly every time there is one COVID case.

The elderly have to pay the price again. The aged care sector has to shut down, no visitors allowed. Sometimes the elderly are locked in their rooms and volunteers are not allowed in.

There's no access from partners to support their loved ones at meal times or to comfort them.

It means an extra workload for staff (who do a wonderful job).

In hospital you are allowed a visitor but not in aged care. Why?

How many of our elderly have died in the past six months because of loneliness or depression or have lost the will to live?

Is that OK provided it is not COVID? Does our Premier or anyone really care?

To me, our Premier is more interest in football grand finals and boxing bouts than in our elderly.

Just lock them away and pretend to keep them safe.

Maryke Boegheim, Birkdale




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Originally published as Seibold owed an apology