LNP debate shows signs of good sense
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.