North needs bet­ter than this

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

CORALEE O’Rourke told the peo­ple of Townsville that she has reg­u­lar meet­ings with the Premier, but it turns out that she has not had one for­mal meet­ing with her boss in the first half of this year.

While I am sure ev­ery­one un­der­stands that there will al­ways be un­of­fi­cial meet­ings be­tween pol­lies, it is al­most im­pos­si­ble to be­lieve that she has not needed to have one of­fi­cial meet­ing with the Premier re­gard­ing North Queens­land based is­sues.

Meet­ings at func­tions, in the cor­ri­dors of the par­lia­ment or on the phone sim­ply don’t count in achiev­ing mo­men­tum for the cen­tral is­sues for the North like wa­ter se­cu­rity and power prices. These big pic­ture is­sues can only be prop­erly con­sid­ered at for­mal meet­ings where the Premier’s ad­vis­ers and se­nior de­part­men­tal staff all at­tend.

It’s bad enough that Coralee mis­led us claim­ing she had one- on- one meet­ings with the Premier. Then to jus­tify her job she claimed to have se­cured fund­ing for the new sta­dium. Ex­traor­di­nary! She was not even in Par­lia­ment when the com­mit­ment to the sta­dium was given.

As the Min­is­ter as­sist­ing the Premier on North Queens­land and a Cabi­net min­is­ter what we need is some­one who not only has the Premier’s ear but some­one who is go­ing to ag­gres­sively push for what we need here in Townsville.

This is clearly not hap­pen­ing if she has had noth­ing to say to her boss for six months. KIMBERLY RE­NEE,


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