State of the north
I HAVE just heard Senator Matt Canavan on Radio National, talking happily about a new state for North Queensland.
He stressed more than once that North Queensland has more people than Tasmania. But, when asked about the new state’s representation in the Federal Parliament, he casually breezed past the issue as though it didn’t matter.
He showed he was quite happy for North Queensland to have fewer senators and MPs than Tasmania.
So, for the LNP, a new state for North Queensland doesn’t mean that North Queenslanders will have all the rights which other Queenslanders will keep. The LNP would be quite happy for North Queenslanders to go backwards and become second-class citizens, like those who live in territories.
This means, of course, that it wouldn’t matter what laws the parliament of North Queensland might pass – politicians from outside North Queensland but in the Federal Parliament in Canberra would strike them down if they didn’t like them.
And with North Queensland being under-represented in the Federal Parliament, this wouldn’t worry any of those outsiders.
Senator Canavan knows that section 121 of the Constitution gives the Federal Parliament the right to decide how new states will be represented and what powers they will have.
All the more reason for him and the LNP to insist from the very beginning that North Queensland has every single bit of the law-making power of any other state, as well as the same Federal Parliamentary representation as any other state. But he simply didn’t care to mention this. GTW Agnew Coopers Plains