Sep­a­rate state needed

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A LOOSE union of fed­eral re­gional based politi­cians and mi­nor par­ties will not pro­vide any mean­ing­ful ben­e­fit to the de­vel­op­ment of re­gional Queens­land.

The ma­jor im­ped­i­ment to the progress of Queens­land re­gion ar­eas is the in­tran­si­gent ‘south­east Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’. Re­gional Queens­land needs to hive off and cre­ate a new state.

Even our found­ing fathers, when draft­ing the Aus­tralian Con­sti­tu­tion more than 120 years ago, fore­saw the fu­ture need to cre­ate ad­di­tional states for the ter­ri­tory of ex­ist­ing states.

Chap­ter VI para­graphs 121-124 makes that pro­vi­sion

The New Eng­land 1967 ref­er­en­dum, which was nar­rowly de­feated, was the last no­table at­tempt. A vi­able new state would need a pop­u­la­tion of over a mil­lion peo­ple, sig­nif­i­cant wealth and re­sources.

Ef­fec­tively, all ar­eas other than what is com­monly known as the south­east cor­ner should be in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the cre­ation of a new state.

Imag­ine the clout of re­gional Queens­land hav­ing 12 se­na­tors and 12-15 lower house mem­bers in the fed­eral Par­lia­ment and not hav­ing to cling to the coat-tails of the Bris­bane po­lit­i­cal club.

Wil­liam Bates, Ke­warra Beach

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