TANIA WANTS BILLY GONE
A FORMER Young Australian of the Year has announced she will be seeking pre-selection as a Labor candidate for Billy Gordon’s seat of Cook.
Tania Major is seeking endorsement from the Australian Labor Party for the Cape York based seat, accusing the current independent MP of “wasting” a historic opportunity when he was elected as one of the first indigenous members in a generation, two years ago.
In January, the indigenous politician reportedly expressed an interest in wanting to talk to Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson about a possible deal to help him retain his electorate.
One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson, however, has had a history of criticising Aboriginal welfare dependency.
Ms Major, who is a proud Kokoberra woman from Kowanyama, said Mr Gordon’s “flirtation” with the idea of a preference deal with One Nation had focused her mind on the need for representatives in the Far North that could be trusted to do the right thing and exercise good judgment.
“Billy was given a historic opportunity when he was elected,” she said.
“He has wasted that oppor- tunity through a series of poor choices.
“I wish him the best with his future but that future isn’t as the MP for Cook.”
The Tablelands-based consultant said she and her partner Lyndon had a long historical and traditional family connection to Mareeba, Mossman and Cape York.
“I understand what it is like to live in an area that struggles to get the basic services we deserve,” she said.
Ms Major said with 30 per cent of voters within the vast electorate living in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, they needed a representative that did them proud and “doesn’t cause them shame.”
Tania Major, a former Young Australian of the Year, in Kowanyama