Out with the old

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

“YA GONE” ... that was all Ja­son O’brien’s text mes­sage read.

The mes­sage came from the floor of Queens­land Par­lia­ment when I was sit­ting in the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil.

An­drew Fraser had just read out Dou­glas’s name on the ALP’S list of “dead coun­cils walk­ing” - that was it, “Ya Gone”.

Fraser’s greed for power saw him take on the role of Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

I never for­get the fear on the poor boy’s face as he walked into the Surfers Par­adise Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, flanked by body­guards, to the rolling boos of ev­ery mayor and coun­cil­lor in Queens­land.

By odd chance I ran into Fraser, alone, out­side this 2000-head din­ner, un­der the moon­light, gut­lessly try­ing to slip out the back.

I didn’t miss the chance to tell him this would not be his only un­timely exit.

Well, Ja­son, now you and your up­start trea­surer are both out of a job.

My in­stant re­ply to Ja­son’s text mes­sage was not very in­stant in ef­fect, but it even­tu­ally rang true - “Ja­son, mate, if we’re gone ... you’re gone”. That was four years ago. It was Beattie who sowed the seeds that top­pled the ALP, ex­it­ing to a cozy job af­ter sell­ing out the ALP’S fun­ders, the de­vel­op­ers be­hind the Prop­erty Coun­cil and his mates at the Aus­tralian Work­ers Union.

Cap­tain Bligh was ba­si­cally set to sea on SIEV X of evil deals done by Beattie. And so it goes. In comes a new lot. Brace your­self ev­ery­one, all Queens­land par­lia­men­tar­i­ans are hardly renowned for their cred­i­bil­ity.

But blessed be Dou­glas, the gates to your path back to self rule have just been un­locked.

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