Strelow couldn’t toe the party line

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY -

KNOW that some peo­ple (in­clud­ing some in the La­bor Party) be­lieve that my in­ten­tion has al­ways been to di­rect pref­er­ences back to Barry O’Rourke. It is not.

Yes I missed out on La­bor pre­s­e­lec­tion. There is a long story to that. And I was frus­trated that the process paid no at­ten­tion to can­di­date ca­pac­ity but only to what fac­tion some­one was in. There are some great peo­ple in other fac­tions, or non aligned, who won’t ever get a chance.

But I love be­ing mayor. I would not have considered nom­i­nat­ing just be­cause of the lost pre­s­e­lec­tion.

Watch­ing the var­i­ous can­di­dates per­form for the first week of the cam­paign cer­tainly got me think­ing about it though.

And af­ter see­ing what the Pre­mier has done in re­la­tion to the Adani loan and the jeop­ardy in which she has placed 1700 jobs for Rock­hamp­ton, I was very pleased that I was not the en­dorsed can­di­date in the end.

Toe­ing the party line may have been too big an ask for me in light of the cir­cum­stances.

Af­ter I trav­elled to In­dia with the Pre­mier and seven other may­ors I felt com­fort­able in putting our com­mu­nity’s ex­pec­ta­tions and hopes in our bold bid for jobs.

Love or hate the Adani project, our com­mu­nity has put its rep­u­ta­tion on the line and felt safe to do so (no money has changed hands at this stage).

And now the shenani­gans in re­la­tion to the Adani project have left us not sure of the way for­ward.

That was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me.

I still ad­mire the Pre­mier but I can nei­ther un­der­stand nor sup­port her deal­ings on this.

That said, I sin­cerely hope that Adani will con­tinue to press for­ward with their project. We need the jobs and there is good rea­son for us to build strong re­la­tion­ships with In­dia gen­er­ally.

They are a ris­ing pow­er­house.

This one thing I prom­ise you. If I am elected as the In­de­pen­dent Mem­ber for Rock­hamp­ton I will put Rock­hamp­ton’s in­ter­est, and Rock­hamp­ton’s in­ter­est only, front and cen­tre of whomever forms par­lia­ment.

We have missed out long enough.

— Mar­garet Strelow In­de­pen­dent can­di­date for


Love or hate the Adani project, our com­mu­nity has put its rep­u­ta­tion on the line and felt safe to do so.

Rain­bow is not a sign from any­one

AL BYR­NAND, I am the “rain­bow let­ter” writer; I have a name, and it was at­tached to the let­ter.

Were you wor­ried you would burst into flames if you used it? I have a “live and let live” at­ti­tude to life, and nor­mally have no ar­gu­ment with peo­ple who have re­li­gious be­liefs. My only gripe is with those who wish to force their be­liefs on oth­ers, and use God to ex­cuse their in­tol­er­ance of peo­ple who are dif­fer­ent. I was not mock­ing your god.

To say that the rain­bow has been hi­jacked by “delu­sional peo­ple bent on the de­struc­tion of ev­ery­thing that points to the Cre­ator” is of­fen­sive. I have gay and les­bian friends and all they want is to be able show their com­mit­ment to their part­ners by get­ting mar­ried if they so wish. Of course my re­mark about the rain­bow be­ing a sign that god sup­ports gay mar­riage was face­tious (please take note WABD from texts to the edi­tor). On the other hand, it is not a sign from god about any­thing else ei­ther.

It is a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non that is caused by re­flec­tion, re­frac­tion and dis­per­sion of light in wa­ter droplets.

I ap­pre­ci­ate your ap­par­ent con­cern for my soul, but I do not need for­give­ness, for I know ex­actly what I do.

Per­haps you should heed the words of some­one we know ex­isted, rather than preach the words pur­port­edly spo­ken by an un­seen de­ity. In 1927, the Amer­i­can writer Max Erhmann wrote: “Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and re­mem­ber what peace there may be in si­lence. As far as pos­si­ble with­out sur­ren­der be on good terms with all per­sons. Speak your truth qui­etly and clearly; and lis­ten to oth­ers, even to the dull and the ig­no­rant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and ag­gres­sive per­sons, they are vex­a­tions to the spirit.”

Have a nice day Mr Byr­nand, and please take note of the name should you have any fur­ther com­ments to make to me. — Mal­colm Wells

Pa­cific Heights

No po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the Con­sti­tu­tion

I ASKED this ques­tion on the of­fi­cial web­site. “Are po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the Aus­tralian Con­sti­tu­tion?”

The an­swer was “The Aus­tralian Con­sti­tu­tion makes no men­tion of po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Nor are they cov­ered by any acts of par­lia­ment”. So folks, we elected peo­ple to par­lia­ments, but upon en­try, un­for­tu­nately, they don’t think or act like in­di­vid­u­als.

It’s a case with many of, “sit down, shut up and do as you’re told”. — G. Townsend

Emu Park


In­de­pen­dent can­di­date for Rock­hamp­ton Mar­garet Strelow.

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