Party politics is a ruthless way of life
AS the dust settles on the LNP’s leadership coup, voters will no doubt be intrigued at the behindthe-scenes role played by Townsville Liberal Party heavyweights David Crisafulli and Peter Lindsay in the demise of former leaders John-Paul Langbroek and Lawrence Springborg. If ever people needed proof that politics is a ruthless game, take a look at the way Cr Crisafulli, and his campaign manager, the former Federal MP Peter Lindsay, helped in part to orchestrate Campbell Newman’s ascension. There is nothing wrong with what they have done. Politics is all about winning and the polls clearly indicate that Cr Newman is a better bet at the ballot box than Mr Langbroek. It was only a few weeks ago that Cr Crisafulli was singing the praises of Mr Langbroek and his commitment to North Queensland. When Cr Crisafulli was pre-selected for Mundingburra, the former LNP leader said Cr Crisafulli brought energy and drive to the LNP, oblivious to the fact the deputy mayor was working privately to lure Cr Newman. Cr Newman confirmed this yesterday when, speaking on ABC radio, he said Cr Crisafulli had been ‘‘ very vocal behind closed doors, saying ‘ Campbell, you need to do this’.’’ Mr Lindsay played a similar spoiling role, publicly distributing internal polling which showed Cr Newman’s approval rating at five times that of Mr Langbroek. Some might suggest this strong rapport between key Townsville Liberals and Cr Newman is terrific news for North Queensland. Obviously, Cr Crisafulli and Mr Lindsay have a great relationship with Cr Newman and they have no doubt been in his ear about the funding requirements needed for this region. Let’s hope so. Expect a state poll sooner rather than later.
Celebrating a fresh start
THE long-suffering residents of the northern beaches finally have something to celebrate after yesterday’s official opening of the Stockland shopping centre. Battered by Cyclone Yasi and recent flooding, the northern beaches is also undergoing major growing pains, reflected in the bumper to bumper traffic experienced most mornings. The 5600 sq m shopping centre, the first stage of what ultimately will become a regional shopping centre, is being anchored by a Woolworths store. It will give shoppers plenty of variety and provide a much-needed boost to the residential housing market in that area. Townsville City Council should be congratulated for helping establish a retail centre where the infrastructure charges obviously didn’t kill off the project.