MARYBOROUGH FITTED THE BILL
BILL Shorten flew in from Flemington after Premier Stacia and Opposition deputy Deb Frecklington went stride for stride for Cup-day votes at the Kumbia races.
Premier promised $70 million for non-TAB racing support while Frecklington ran the till for few bob less at the racecourse BBQ stall for the Cup Day crowd. Barely 300 live in Kumbia in Frecklington’s seat of Nanango but numbers were nudging 1000 when the schoolkids arrived at 3pm on the dot.
Kumbia’s voting stakes seemed higher on the area’s “tick line’’ for livestock travel and vegetation control rather than racing. No Adani protests but cockies’ anti-Labor banners (pictured) greeted the Premier.
With wags declaring that the hapless Frankie Dettori was riding Labor’s campaign donkey, it was no surprise Shorten left Melbourne for Maryborough.
“Locals just love Cup day at Kumbia. Shame the Premier didn’t come near the BBQ stall,’’ Frecklington told Traps.