A time when ideas count

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

IDEAS are spe­cial com­modi­ties, espe­cially good ideas. There is a long­ing in the com­mu­nity for the coun­cil hope­fuls to have come equipped with good ideas about how to run the shire, some imag­i­na­tion and some vi­sion about where to take the com­mu­nity.

For­tu­nately a few can­di­dates did have some ideas in their back­packs and these en­livened the run up to the elec­tion, in the fo­rums at least.

As well as that, one or two can­di­dates made the point that the shire’s var­i­ous lo­cal­i­ties are con­nected eco­nom­i­cally and that the health of the big­gest in­dus­tries – espe­cially tourism – reaches through to all the other busi­nesses and there­fore all the peo­ple, in the shire.

That’s why the crit­i­cal is­sues that seem to be­long just to Port Dou­glas should be a con­cern in ev­ery part of the shire. The eco­nomic driver of tourism feeds into ev­ery­thing else even­tu­ally and in one way or an­other.

++++++++++++ I won’t be vot­ing in the ref­er­en­dum for a change to four-year terms for state gov­ern­ment.

I used to think it was sim­ple – fouryear terms would re­sult in bet­ter gov­er­nance, let­ting those elected to power to in­sti­tute their pro­grams and get them up and run­ning with­out hav­ing the cau­tious­ness im­posed on them that fre­quent elec­tions bring.

But per­haps the ar­chi­tects of our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem were pretty wise in set­ting three-year terms, since they have an over-rid­ing and pow­er­ful ad­van­tage, and that is, if a de­fi­cient gov­ern­ment, or a de­fi­cient lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, is elected then the elec­torate gets an ear­lier chance to cor­rect the sit­u­a­tion.

The par­lous state of the Seat of Cook is an ex­am­ple.

An­other three years be­fore the peo­ple can have a say in its run­ning would be an aw­ful prospect in­deed.

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