Stick to golden rules

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

IN my ex­pe­ri­ence the strength of your ad­vo­cacy comes from the qual­ity of your sub­mis­sion, the con­sis­tency of your mes­sage, the per­sis­tency to en­sure your mes­sage is heard and un­der­stood and hav­ing an apo­lit­i­cal ap­proach to pres­sure both the govern­ment and op­po­si­tion of the day to de­liver on what you are ad­vo­cat­ing for your city and re­gion.

I was dis­ap­pointed to read Ad­vance Cairns CEO Nick Trompf’s com­ments, in the ‘PM Tour De Farce’ story (CP, 7/11/18), that he wasn’t con­cerned about Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son’s bus trip not com­ing north to Cairns, but stop­ping only at Townsville.

Mr Trompf’s rea­son­ing was that Ad­vance Cairns had de­liv­ered the mes­sage to Can­berra with its re­cent en­tourage and Townsville was a mar­ginal seat and Le­ich­hardt isn’t con­sid­ered one.

To sug­gest this val­i­dates the rea­son for the PM to dis­re­gard our re­gional city of Cairns and all our com­mu­ni­ties north of Townsville and the op­por­tu­nity to again hear our mes­sage seems to me to break the three golden rules of ad­vo­cacy of con­sis­tency, per­sis­tency and be­ing apo­lit­i­cal. Cr Brett Moller - Di­vi­sion 1, Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil 1888: Tam­worth, NSW, be­comes first town in South­ern Hemi­sphere to be lit by elec­tric­ity. 2008: Bali bombers Am­rozi, his brother Mukhlas and Imam Sa­mu­dra are ex­e­cuted by fir­ing squad on an In­done­sian prison is­land. 2014: As Prime Min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott (above) sets off for the APEC sum­mit in Bei­jing, his govern­ment is pre­par­ing to seal a free trade deal with China that has been 10 years in the mak­ing. 2015: Riot po­lice en­ter the Christ­mas Is­land de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity dur­ing a tense stand-off be­tween de­tainees and au­thor­i­ties. 2016: Dream­world an­nounces it will de­mol­ish the Thun­der River Rapids ride that caused the death of four Aus­tralians when it flipped a cou­ple of weeks ear­lier.

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