New­man not sold on shire

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - RICHARD KOSER

A WEEK af­ter the state Op­po­si­tion promised lo­cal res­i­dents they would get their shire back, con­fu­sion has de­scended like fog over the state po­lit­i­cal scene.

Just days af­ter the Lib­er­alNa­tional Party’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment spokesman Howard Hobbs told an en­thu­si­as­tic crowd at the Moss­man Bowls Club that they would see the first steps to­wards de-amal­ga­ma­tion taken within 100 days of an LNP vic­tory, his leader shot down the LNP’s com­mit­ment.

Camp­bell New­man, the elected leader of the LNP, last week said all cur­rent LNP poli­cies would be “null and void” af­ter he won pre-se­lec­tion for the seat of Ash­grove.

“All poli­cies that have pre­vi­ously been an­nounced are es­sen­tially null and void and the new team will be then mak­ing an­nounce­ments about pol­icy,’’ Cr New­man said.

“We can very quickly put back on the ta­ble what’s in and what’s out.’’

La­bor MP for Cook Ja­son O’Brien said the con­flict­ing sig­nals com­ing from the LNP hi­er­ar­chy illustrated “the farce of the Camp­bell New­man coup”.

“The left hand still doesn’t know what the right hand is they cre­ated”. Mr Batch­e­lor said de-amal­ga­ma­tion was achiev­able.

“All it takes is the will to do it, and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to see it through,” he said.

Last week, Mr New­man told me­dia in Noosa that the re­luc­tant Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tion could be split up as long as it didn’t cost any­thing.

“If we’re elected we’ll have a boundary com­mis­sion and I’m quite amenable to the idea of Noosa be­ing ex­cised back out of the Sun­shine Coast,” he said.

“I have a cou­ple of con­di­tions though.

“I don’t want to cause a fi­nan­cial bur­den on the ratepay­ers of Noosa.

“They have to go in with their eyes open, and I don’t want it to be an in­equity on the ratepay­ers on the rest of the Sun­shine Coast.

“( De-amal­ga­ma­tion) needs to be done in a fair and eq­ui­table way that doesn’t see costs go­ing onto one group in the Sun­shine Coast com­mu­nity.”

Mr New­man’s of­fice and LNP state HQ did not re­turn calls from the Gazette.

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