Be­spoke with the peo­ple

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

ANY­ONE who has driven into the city from Rail­way Ave or Bound­ary St will have passed over the Tom Aikens over­pass. So who was Tom Aikens?

He was the lo­cal mem­ber for Townsville South. What was his claim to fame? Apart from be­ing a pop­u­lar in­de­pen­dent, he al­ways used a push­bike to get around his elec­torate, at a time when other politi­cians were mak­ing the best of their par­lia­men­tary ex­penses and travel en­ti­tle­ments. He main­tained that it al­lowed him to meet and dis­cuss the is­sues with the vot­ers.

It’s about time politi­cians of all par­ties re­spected the ex­penses and priv­i­leges they have. Some in the North would even ben­e­fit from a bit of a work­out on the bike.

ALLAN FRANKLIN, Mount Louisa.

Pic­ture: TOWNSVILLE CITY LI­BRARIES

IN TOUCH: South Townsville MP Tom Aikens poses for pho­tog­ra­pher Alex Trot­ter in 1972.

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