EDITORIAL: Time to roll out the military welcome mat
EVERY two years US and Australian soldiers descend on Shoalwater Bay, in the Rockhampton region, for a joint military exercise.
Rightly, our community leaders roll out the welcome mat to the thousands of soldiers from these two countries who are involved in Talisman Sabre.
The Australian-US alliance is an important one, not just for the two countries involved, but also in the broader world context and the war on terror.
Talisman Sabre represents an opportunity for Australian and US forces to work together.
Presently there is a push from some of the Rockhampton region's political leaders to increase military activity in the region.
This push is driven by a want to deliver new jobs and economic benefits to the region.
Of course, not everyone is a supporter.
Today we carry a report from Greg Rolles, who has travelled to the region to protest against the upcoming Talisman Sabre.
He argues against further military development. Read Greg's story here: VIDEO: Protesters say war sucks social and economic capital
Like so many of those who have visited our region over the years to protest military operations at Talisman Sabre, Greg is intelligent and articulate and makes points worthy of community discussion.
However as much as I respect him and his right to express his opinion, I don't agree with his argument.
I believe the vast majority of people in this region recognise the immense benefits that Talisman Sabre brings and that increasing military activity in the region is a positive step forward.