BRISBANE feels as far away as Canberra.
It’s small wonder that the idea of a separate state for North Queensland bubbles along in the background, occasionally putting its head up for air thanks to someone like Bob Katter who has supported this idea in the past.
Mr Katter however understands the forbidding technical challenges in bringing this idea to reality, and instead opts for the notion of “home rule”, like they have in Scotland.
So we’d have a wee little patch of our own, of sorts, up here in FNQ, except it would still be bigger many other countries in their entirety. It doesn’t really solve anything. An expert this week pointed to how a separate could be created according to the Australian Constitution. It would take nothing less than an explosion of power people demanding an elected convention on the matter (which would involve the entire Commmonwealth of course).
Despite a groundswell towards more parochial rule these days, and a move away from centralism – because individuals feel they are neglected – it is still hard to see the necessary popular support winning the day on this one. Which is a shame. Of course, if it ever came to pass, then there’d still be no end of local fights. Eg, where would the capital be?
But at the moment, matters to do with the Far North are under the sway of Brisbane inner city voters, like the Greens who can vote out deputy premier Jacky Trad next time with just another 455 votes — lately they have communicated that fact very strongly as they participate in the Adani debate.
Interference by southern conservationists – misguidedly – in the Paws and Claws matter is a sharp illustration.
Australia is a highly governed society and urging the creation of yet more politicians goes against the grain. But it’s a big country too, and the people away from the capitals struggle to be heard and appreciated.