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IT’S a strange af­fair. The mech­a­nism un­der which the pow­ers at the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil are al­lowed to trans­fer too many peo­ple to the fledg­ling Dou­glas Shire is so ob­vi­ously un­fair that one is forced to go look­ing for rea­sons.

A brief re­ply to the Gazette from Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli was dismissive when pushed on this mat­ter. One sen­tence was all we got; decoding it, it looks he was try­ing to dis­tance him­self from what­ever the CRC does on this is­sue.

Our eyes popped open when he ac­tu­ally used the words ‘‘dump­ing ground’’, putting them in the pub­lic do­main when no one else had. The sit­u­a­tion Mr Crisa­fulli seems de­ter­mined to foist on the shire is per­plex­ing and in­ex­pli­ca­ble even to lo­cal mem­bers of his own party.

Some­one with deep po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence re­cently said to me he thought many dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions were sim­ply stuff ups. This is likely true. And there­fore it’s wise not to be a mind reader. But another handy say­ing is that no mis­take is so big it can’t be fixed if you have the courage to do it.

So in­stead of try­ing the read the min­is­ter’s mind over what may just be a stuff up, let’s sim­ply hope he has the courage to fix it. But it needs to be soon. Oth­er­wise . . . Cut to the Pre­mier’s of­fice: ‘‘So David, how’s the port­fo­lio com­ing along?’’ ‘‘Fine thanks Pre­mier, all un­der con­trol.’’ ‘‘Ah, yes, but . . . what’s all this noise com­ing out of FNQ? Na­tives up in Dou­glas not too happy . . .’’

‘‘Ah, yes, well, er . . .’’

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