Rookie roars in the House
ROOKIE MP Ewen Jones has been pulling no punches in Federal Parliament, having already been booted out last year and warned by t he Speaker every sitting day over the past two weeks.
But the Herbert representative has worn the ‘‘ rebel with a cause’’ tag as a badge of honour, particularly after telling fellow MPs in parliament yesterday about his disgust over Football Federation Australia dropping the North Queensland Fury.
Mr Jones used his 90-second member’s statement leading up to Question Time to give the FFA a spray over its treatment of North Queensland football fans, using his young son as an example.
‘‘ My son is a nine-year-old natural left footer and goalscoring machine for the Saints Sandcrabs,’’ he said.
‘‘ He fully intended to spend his winters playing for the North Queensland Cowboys and his summers playing for the North Queensland Fury.
‘ ‘ That dream has been dashed by the callous actions of the Football Federation of Australia.’’
Mr Jones said the FFA did not even bother to attend the Fury’s launch two years ago, which s et t he governing body’s tone towards the club.
‘‘ They were too busy going across to suck up to those Kiwis in Wellington,’’ he said.
‘‘ Since that very first season our playing ranks have been absolutely pillaged and raped because the football federation will not support football in North Queensland.
‘‘ Shame on the FFA for doing this.
‘‘ No wonder they only got one vote for the World Cup.’’
Mr Jones said the FFA deserved a ‘‘ real good smack in the head’’ over the Fury’s axing when discussing his speech with the Bulletin and said he hoped his speech did just that.
The former auctioneer said it was the attitude he took with him to parliament.
‘‘ My big thing down here is, if it pertains to Townsville I’ve got to have a say,’’ he said.
‘‘ If it looks like either hurting or helping the people I represent, or the people of North Queensland in general, then I’ll be heard.’’
Mr Jones said while he had only been kicked out of parliament once, he had received a parliamentary ‘ ‘ yellow card’’ every day for the past two weeks – a record of which he is proud.
‘‘ I don’t make any apologies for that.
‘‘ If I don’t have anything to say, I don’t say anything, but if I’ve got something to say, I’m not shy in making a point,’’ he said.