Gov­ern­ments still ne­glect­ing the North

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of 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,

Aitken­vale.

AND THAT MAKES THREE: Anna Bligh opens the $ 315m Ted Smout bridge be­tween Bris­bane and Red­cliffe

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