Our Premier is inexplicably dragging the chain by not dropping them a line to ask for any of the earmarked cash- ola.
... MY GUEST’S FIRST WORDS WERE, ‘ IS MY HIRE CAR SAFE IN THE STREET?’
WHILE most of us don’t put pen to paper any more, it’s probably good news for Australia Post that our politicians are so often reported to have leapt into action on an issue by having “written a letter”.
No doubt they’re actually emailing; speed and reliability spring to mind as compelling reasons for electronic over snail, but this drawn- out tennis match of political missives could well be written on old manual typewriters with a carbon copy for safekeeping considering the glacial pace of action on our most pressing issues.
We keep hearing from our federal counterparts that there are funds for all sorts of things up for grabs but our Premier is inexplicably dragging the chain by not dropping them a line to ask for any of the earmarked cashola.
What about the agreement that our three tiers of government agreed to that makes like they are besties, with the express purpose of collectively acting in our best interests? It worked for the stadium but what about more pressing issues like the triple threat that is holding us back from progressing as a city: power, water and crime?
All are state issues that require massive funding and the current status of all three is about as messy as a blender with the lid off.
We’ve got a short- term water “solution” that promises a water supply that depends on power that we can’t afford, and a State Government reliant on power prices remaining high. Conflict, much?
We’ve got a power crisis that shows no sign of resolution, we can say “baseload power station” until we are blue in the face but it’s wishful thinking at best with our Premier stalling for time due to the Sophie’s Choice situation; if they help us, it hurts them.
Last of all we have the crime issue – not much has been reported lately, but like the tree falling in the woods analogy, does that mean it’s not happening?
The innovative use of a trident and a chainsaw by victims of a home invasion this week didn’t stop thieves escaping with property, while I experienced an apparent action movie right next door with around 15 police officers giving chase to a fugitive about 20 minutes before my expected Air BnB guest rocked up.
Missing the action by mere minutes my relief was short- lived, my guest’s first words were: “Is my hire car safe in the street? The crime here was all over the news in Melbourne.”
“Um, aah, probably best if you lock it, take out anything of value and by the way, is it insured?” ( nervous laugh).
We’ve had extra police officers sent up from Brissy twice now but even the strongest band- aid peels off eventually.
Effective government on every level is an outcome voters can’t seem to achieve and assuming those that we have will work together for the best outcomes is an even further stretch. It’s not helped that most of Queensland’s regional areas are suffering similar issues, so we are competing against each other for the few crumbs left over from the Southeast feast.
We need effective government and effective outcomes.
Maybe we should all write a letter.
INNOVATIVE: Johnny Smith chased two robbers away with his chainsaw and trident.