From the edi­tor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

THE elec­tion is over and Ge­orge Chris­tensen has been elected to rep­re­sent us for a sec­ond term.

He in­creased his mar­gin in the elec­torate of Daw­son.

Whether or not you sup­port his side of pol­i­tics, the best news about this is that we have a mem­ber who is part of the Govern­ment of the day.

For the past three years, Mr Chris­tensen has been our lo­cal mem­ber but he has been in op­po­si­tion.

Now that he is part of the Govern­ment, he should be able to get things done.

He can no longer blame the govern­ment of the day be­cause it is his govern­ment.

We have al­ready asked Mr Chris­tensen about fund­ing for the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port that was promised by the for­mer La­bor Govern­ment.

Mr Chris­tensen’s boss, Tony Ab­bott, who is now our Prime Min­is­ter, was quoted in TV ads dur­ing the cam­paign say­ing that he had a con­tract with the peo­ple of Aus­tralia.

Along the same lines, Mr Chris­tensen says he has a con­tract with the Whit­sun­days.

It in­cludes fund­ing for a Green Army for marine de­bris clean-up, flood-proof­ing of the Bruce high­way near Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port and plans for a wa­ter park for Air­lie Beach.

It’s a con­tract we will keep ask­ing him ques­tions about as time goes on.

The mar­gin in Daw­son has in­creased but we are still a mar­ginal seat so let’s hope we get some at­ten­tion in the next three years.

On an­other mat­ter...

Whit­sun­day ratepay­ers are re­minded to pay their rates in the next few days.

The 10% dis­count for pay­ing your rates on time has gone but there is still a 5% dis­count.

That will be gone too if you don’t pay by the close of busi­ness on Mon­day.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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