Sunday Territorian - - OPINION -

It also con­ve­niently ig­nores Queens­land’s long La­bor his­tory and the fact the state has elected two con­sec­u­tive La­bor gov­ern­ments.

It was the con­de­scen­sion of those in the south and their lack of con­cern for people whose lives didn’t mir­ror theirs that drove a wedge through the coun­try.

The fact the rest of Aus­tralia has only now wo­ken up to the fact that Queens­land is dif­fer­ent is a hall­mark of its dis­re­spect. Queens­land has al­ways been dif­fer­ent – the only ju­ris­dic­tion where those liv­ing out­side the cap­i­tal out­num­ber its city dwellers.

Bar­rels of ink will be ex­pended by metro jour­nal­ists dis­patched by their ed­i­tors to Townsville and to Tambo an­a­lyse and philosophi­se on what makes Prime Minister Scott Mor­ri­son’s so-called quiet Aus­tralians tick.

I’ll save you the hor­ror of read­ing their self-in­dul­gent tripe. It came down to maths.

The im­me­di­ate ex­is­ten­tial threat to re­gional Queens­lan­ders posed by hav­ing no liveli­hood out­weighed their con­cern about the fu­ture im­pacts of cli­mate change.

Adani isn’t the saviour of re­gional Queens­land. But it’s the best they’ve got.

They’ve been dud­ded by con­sec­u­tive gov­ern­ments who saw the end of the boom com­ing, but didn’t put in place steps to ease the tran­si­tion.

“Adani isn’t the saviour of re­gional Queens­land. But it’s the best they’ve got”

There should be a re­new­able revo­lu­tion in re­gional Queens­land, but the in­vest­ment – and the jobs – aren’t there.

That’s the fault of the people in charge, not the people at the coal­face.

On Fri­day, I spoke with Trea­surer John Fry­den­berg at the end of his first week back in a job few thought he would win. I asked him what his plan for the Ter­ri­tory was, fur­ther than build­ing a few hun­dred kilo­me­tres of road. A wel­come in­vest­ment, but when you have a 100-year in­fra­struc­ture deficit, it’s not go­ing to achieve much. He ac­cused me of be­ing “too neg­a­tive”.

Things were good, he said. Maybe they are in Kooy­ong. But they aren’t so great in Katherine or Karama.

The NT is to the Coali­tion what Queens­land is to La­bor.

It’s time we were treated with some re­spect.

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