DISCUSS: Should North Queenslanders wear suits?
WITH temperatures averaging 30 degrees in Mackay this February, the sweat dripping down the legs and backs of men wearing trousers and long-sleeved shirts is draining the professionalism the formal attire aims to achieve.
That's why Mackay doctor Bill Boyd wears shorts, long socks and a short-sleeved shirt.
He once wore trousers, shirt and tie while practising medicine in Adelaide but after he moved to the tropics he decided it was ridiculous in the heat.
"There's certainly no reason why other people shouldn't wear shorts to work up here," the gynaecologist said, adding that long socks gave some semblance of professionalism while wearing shorts.
Knee-high socks with tailored shorts and shirt was once the Queensland work uniform but it's one that is slowly heading to extinction.
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Shorts are one of the approved variations available to operational Queensland police. Under the operational policies "uniformed employees are to wear service issue socks, or socks which are black or dark blue in colour".
The length of the socks is not directly addressed or prohibited in the policy guide.
Shorts were once the uniform of Queensland rail workers but that has since been pushed out by a different policy.
Rail Tram and Bus Union Queensland president and Mackay organiser Bruce Mackie said 10 years ago a lot of track and outdoor workers went to work in Stubbies and short-sleeved shirts.
Now workers wore long-sleeved shirts, trousers and wide-brimmed hats.
That is also Dr Boyd's preference if he is outside working in the sun.
"Due to the high UV rating in Queensland it is important to protect yourself with a hat, sunscreen, trousers and a long-sleeve shirt," Dr Boyd said.
"It makes sense with the high rate of melanoma in Queensland to cover up as much as possible.
"But fortunately I mostly work indoors in air-conditioning and am able to wear shorts."
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