Party pol­i­tics is a ruth­less way of life

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

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.

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