Playing politics affects our lives
LAST Friday we were busily gathering information on the status quo of the Whitsundays’ application for Category D funding when the first political bombshell of the saga dropped.
“Everyone seems to think an announcement is imminent,” our journalist Louise Shannon said. “Yeah, right,” I thought. At 5pm on a Friday? Not likely.
When governments give away funding they like everyone to know.
At 5pm on a Friday afternoon a large proportion of the population would be headed to the pub.
But lo and behold, we hear the disaster funding has been approved – a paltry $58.6 million compared to the $220 million package requested.
And so began the political joust between the State Labor Government and Federal Liberal National Coalition.
The Feds have abandoned us the State says.
The State is trying to ‘rort’ the system by applying for projects that don’t meet the criteria the Feds say.
Meanwhile there are real people on the ground here in the Whitsundays relying on government help to get this community back on its feet.
Stop playing politics we say.