MARY­BOR­OUGH FIT­TED THE BILL

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.

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