More to Queensland than southeast
I DON’T normally read the Courier Mail because it's a southern paper and its main purpose is supplying information to the southeast corner. Then on July 21 the front page photo with an Australian surfer being harassed by a South African great white shark caught my attention.
As if the Springboks didn’t organise that shark to be at Jeffreys Bay the day after we controversially beat them in the Gabba rugby Test!
Two close calls, but it was on page 22 that it went downhill from an inspirational story to a hypocritical letter to the editor from our Premier.
She criticised the federal government for apparently denying Queensland $ 1 billion for infrastructure projects. The money was tied to privatisation of assets and because we as a state rejected that policy the Federal Government is denying us a fair share. The feds can’t just change its rules and make one rule for us and another rule for everyone else. Methinks she’s playing sharks in a smaller pool.
Unsurprisingly, she accuses the Federal Government of stubbornness. This could be seen as hypocritical and a pointless prosecution pathway but it makes her appear like she’s standing up to Cantberra.
To her credit she compares Queensland to Western Australia’s concessional funding due to reduced mining royalties, and rightfully points out that Queensland has had a $ 3 billion reduction in mining royalties with no similar compensation program from the Federal Government.
Good argument and good economics! But is she fighting for all Queensland or just the southeast?
Our Premier says Queenslanders deserve a fair share of their own tax dollars. Great to see that she and her party are keen to be part of sharing the public investment and recurrent expenditure pie equally.
Does she believe in payback for short- changing the North in the past? Our Premier can’t have it both ways. Arguing for a fair share from the feds but not distributing it fairly to Queensland regions is hypocritical politics and poor economics.
Equal fiscal distribution is a longterm equation.
Our local federal member has consistently said the Federal Government rarely and sparingly funds stadiums and recently pointed out that Brisdrain governments had almost fully funded several southeast Queensland stadiums for football, netball and $ 1.5 billion for Gold Coast stadiums. It’s the challenge we have due to our distance from the seat of power. Brisdrain is willing to contribute less than half ($ 100 million) to Townsville’s proposed stadium. He asked whether anyone has asked local representatives why Brisdrain won’t fund most of our stadium as they do down south.
It appears Brisdrain Labor believes in one set of rules for the southeast and another for the Fitzroy River North. Here’s your chance to reply, local MPs. Shouldn’t Townsville and the northwest get a similar deal as the southeast for stadium funding?