LNP de­bate shows signs of good sense

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

A FEW pos­i­tives for the North cropped up at the week­end’s LNP state con­fer­ence.

Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull’s sup­port of the coal in­dus­try was the first, which was good, con­sid­er­ing how power prices are crip­pling North Queens­land.

Mr Turn­bull was all about the com­mon sense ap­proach, hit­ting out at peo­ple who say fos­sil fu­els have no fu­ture.

It’s nice to know the man at the top is look­ing at eco­nomic fore­casts when it comes to th­ese kind of push- but­ton is­sues.

The push to go re­new­able is on, but you don’t re­place an en­tire in­dus­try overnight.

We need re­li­able power sources and we need jobs.

Mean­while Mund­ing­burra can­di­date Matt Der­la­gen’s mo­tion to de­cen­tralise the De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines could be par­tic­u­larly ben­e­fi­cial for Townsville.

An in­flux of State Gov­ern­ment staff to Townsville would help bring new res­i­dents to town, grow­ing our schools, rent­ing empty units or buy­ing houses and stim­u­lat­ing the econ­omy. It’s a plan that could re­ally help our city. Mr Der­largen’s prom­ise to fight for Townsville to be the cho­sen lo­ca­tion for the de­part­ment would ap­pear to be a sign that he has his eye on how to cre­ate new jobs in town.

It is not enough to rely on es­tab­lished in­dus­tries and politi­cians shouldn’t rely on woo­ing pri­vate com­pa­nies to town.

Gov­ern­ment needs to con­trib­ute too and this would be a pos­i­tive way to help.

Of course, the LNP is not in power and all of th­ese sug­ges­tion hang on the gi­ant “if” re­lat­ing to the out­come of the next state elec­tion.

One can only hope that th­ese dec­la­ra­tions re­sult in La­bor com­ing up with sim­i­lar schemes.

Those wish­ing to be our fu­ture lead­ers need to show us what they will give us.

Then Townsville will de­cide.

Palmer rev­e­la­tions an in­sult

EACH re­port of Clive Palmer and his fam­ily liv­ing the high life is a slap in the face for for­mer Queens­land Nickel work­ers.

So many peo­ple in Townsville suf­fered from the Queens­land Nickel col­lapse and Mr Palmer’s be­hav­iour shows an in­cred­i­ble dis­re­gard for their pain.

Rev­e­la­tions about Mr Palmer’s in- laws liv­ing well af­ter hav­ing been gifted Queens­land Nickel money are just the lat­est blow.

With the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pur­su­ing Mr Palmer in court, we can only hope the day will come when the truth comes out.

But that still won’t undo the dam­age Queens­land Nickel’s col­lapse has done.

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