Fly­ing in face of bud­get’s role

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

I AM in­debted to Bob Brice, ( TB 28/ 06/ 17), for his un­bi­ased ex­pla­na­tion as to why the Mem­ber for Mund­ing­burra found it nec­es­sary to use the State Gov­ern­ment’s eight­seater jet to con­vey the bud­get news swiftly to Townsville.

I un­der­stand that the op­er­at­ing cost of the jet is ap­prox­i­mately $ 2500 per hour and would have been re­quired for around six hours.

Did she not re­alise that while she was wait­ing for the chauf­feur to take her to the air­port, the Bud­get was al­ready be­ing dis­sem­i­nated on the ra­dio, TV and other me­dia out­lets. By the time she landed in Townsville, the Bud­get was old news.

In an en­vi­ron­ment of aus­ter­ity, the ju­di­cious use of monies by gov­ern­ments is para­mount. It is hard to be­lieve that de­liv­er­ing old news, at an about a cost of $ 15,000 can be seen as value for money. A cyn­i­cal per­son might think that the Premier, with an eye to­wards the forth­com­ing elec­tion, re­alised that her un­der­per­form­ing min­is­ter needed some ex­po­sure.

With re­cent polls in mind she has sent her on a joyride north to at least seem to be do­ing some­thing and to re­mind vot­ers of her ex­is­tence. K. HEUIR,

Gar­butt.

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