A word in your ear
THERE’S a certain irony, and symmetry too, in the fact that our mayor was able to get into the Premier’s ear at a dinner for leaders in Cairns at the weekend.
The occasion was the welcome dinner for around 70 ambassadors that our Foreign Minister, and the state premier, had squired up to Cairns to show them the delights of FNQ and to let them see such things first hand, not least the Great Barrier Reef.
The mission was about getting in their ears -- and through their eyes -about the state of the reef, both good and bad, so they will know firsthand.
You have to get people on site to get the message through.
Same thing then for Ms Leu and the Premier. It was only by being at the same event that our mayor was able to get the message through.
I wouldn’t be surprised if having a quick natter with the Premier about the Paws and Claws situation wasn’t a fairly straight forward thing. It’s not rocket science, which in a way is one of the frustrating things about the whole Yule Point situation.
It’s just that it took this dinner and the fortuitous fact that our mayor was among the local dignitaries invited, for the opportunity to arise.
Until then Ms Leu had complained of a wall of iron, for heaven’s sake, between her and a personal meeting with the relevant, Dr Lynham.
She has spoken before of the frustration at being sat in the Minister’s office and still not able to get an audience with him.
(Actually I liked the way she ratted him out to the Premier in her letter to Ms Palaszczuk following the Cairns encounter, telling his boss how frustrating it was not to be given a chance to personally put the case over the Yule Point proposal.)
Angry natives up north, Premier. Good thing to visit, and to be open to a bit of a natter.