Ap­palling at­tempt

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North - opin­ion Stephen Mal­colm, Cas­tle Hill

The cost of Mr Wal­lace’s sur­vey could be handed over to the Coun­cil to re­pair the pot holes in the roads, which still ex­ist post-Cy­clone Yasi

I AM ap­palled by the Mem­ber for Thuringowa Craig Wal­lace’s lat­est at­tempt to re­nege on a promised com­mit­ment to our city by dis­tract­ing vot­ers’ at­ten­tion to­ward his reg­u­lar whip­ping horse, Cr Les Tyrell, the Coun­cil and the rates is­sue ( State rates ‘ stunt’, Con­ven­tion Cen­tre fund­ing in doubt, TB, March 26-27). What is Cr Tyrell’s crime? A dili­gent at­tempt to man­age the costs associated with the State Gov­ern­ment’s im­posed amal­ga­ma­tion of the two coun­cil’s, in­clud­ing the costs of the i nfras­truc­ture r equired t o fu­ture-proof our rapidly grow­ing city. There is only one source for the nec­es­sary funds – the ratepay­ers of this city, un­less the state and/ or fed­eral gov­ern­ments are forth­com­ing with ad­di­tional fund­ing.

What is Mr Wal­lace’s crime? Hypocrisy in the third de­gree.

To the Min­is­ter for Main Roads, I point out that hav­ing vis­ited many third-world coun­tries over the past few years, their roads are equal to or bet­ter than our na­tional high­way in North Queens­land, which, quite frankly, is a na­tional disgrace.

If our three rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Wal­lace, Lindy Nel­son-Carr and Mandy John­stone lev­elled the same griev­ances and as much hy­per­bole to­ward their state La­bor gov­ern­ment we would have first-class, flood­proofed roads, we would have a bet­ter, more re­li­able rail net­work, we would have a non­con­gested hos­pi­tal and rea­son­able wait­ing times, we would have re­duced costs for elec­tric­ity and hous­ing.

What adds in­sult to in­jury is Mr Wal­lace’s at­tempt to achieve a po­lit­i­cal out­come through the dis­tri­bu­tion of a flyer at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense.

I sug­gest that a more rel­e­vant and dis­cern­ing sur­vey would be to ask the ratepay­ers of this city if they are happy to spend their hard-earned dol­lars on this in­sid­i­ous non­sense.

An­other sug­ges­tion: The cost of Mr Wal­lace’s sur­vey could be handed over to the Coun­cil to re­pair the pot holes in the roads, which still ex­ist post­Cy­clone Yasi.

What I and many oth­ers in this com­mu­nity are look­ing for in our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives is a com­mit­ment to their stated val­ues and prom­ises, good hon­est work ethics in their min­is­te­rial po­si­tions and a fair-dinkum attitude to­ward their con­stituents. To this end the NSW elec­tion re­sult gives peo­ple like my­self hope.

We are look­ing for less spin ( a form of de­ceit) and less po­lit­i­cal ac­tion such as this flyer drop which is disin­gen­u­ous and an in­sult to our col­lec­tive in­tel­li­gence.

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