Governments still neglecting the North
IN my youth I recall ‘ grown-ups’ complaining bitterly that ‘‘ bloody government doesn’t know that North Queensl a nd exists " and t hat we were neglected.
A favoured comment was ‘‘ do the b******’ s ever wonder where the tax money comes from?".
Now I am a ‘ grown-up’ and the same comments are relevant.
The condition of the Bruce Highway is a topical talking point and it still becomes regularly impassable as it has done for decades. It is disappointing ( not unusual) that governments spend our taxes in a manner most likely to guarantee their reelection.
I believe the vote/ dollar ratio drives their decisions and, of course, the best vote/ dollar ratios are found in the Great Southeast.
One of the most disturbing aspects of the whole political debacle is the absence of decent representation in the form of regular community con- sultation, by our local MPs both state and federal.
Quarterly public meetings would seem to be a really good idea.
To some extent, MP’s reluctance to have community consultation i s understandable, an inevitable consequence of connecting with those who pay their generous salaries and allowances would be the requirement to answer awkward questions. FRANK PYNE,
AND THAT MAKES THREE: Anna Bligh opens the $ 315m Ted Smout bridge between Brisbane and Redcliffe