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 . . .’’