Letter of the Week
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JUST weeks ago Mayor Tate staged a media event and had himself submerged into the Evandale Lake as he got baptised and recommitted himself as a Christian. This week he is proudly indulging in name calling to criticise anyone who disagrees with him (‘We can’t let the NIMBYs set the tone’, GCB.
13/5/18). I don’t know how he reconciles his professed Christianity with this type of behaviour.
Childish name calling and divisive rhetoric are not the hallmarks of leadership. Tom Tate refuses to meet with anyone who might have a view that is different to his own. He refuses to discuss ideas or understand the aspirations or motivations of the many community minded people who make up the protest groups he proudly despises. He doesn’t know that these people own surf and diving businesses, they own cafes and restaurants and tourist attractions. They are tradies and teachers and care workers and real estate agents and solicitors. They are the people who are creating this community and they care about its future.
Labelling them selfish greenies, whingers and NIMBYs is straight out of the shock jock playbook. It isn’t intelligent, it doesn’t advance the public debate, it is not respectful and it does nothing to bring people together.
The only good thing that has come from his tirade this week is he is publicly laying out the LNP policy for The Spit. Clearly it will be game on for developers again if they ever get re-elected. JUDY SPENCE, VICE PRESIDENT, SAVE OUR BROADWATER GOLD Coasters are wondering why Southport wasn’t mentioned in the Labor budget (‘Southport budget snub sparks fury’, GCB, 14/6/18).
Well, it’s as clear as crystal – Jackie Trad doesn’t have a clue. This pretender knows nothing about economics. And just who are her advisors? Unionists no doubt wanting to gild their own nests!
Premier Palaszczuk’s original election promise to reduce debt should Labor win against Campbell Newman’s LNP government was an outright untruth as debt continues to rise the longer these wouldbes are in power. One must realise that the LNP debt was inherited, as is usual, from the previous Beattie/ Bligh governments.
When returns from the resources ‘boom’ diminish, we are in big trouble. What an inept Treasurer Ms Trad is!
Sadly, Premier Palaszczuk just doesn’t seem to know what portfolio suits Ms Trad so I wonder where she will be appointed next. Oh the life of a political rolling stone! KEN JOHNSTON, ROCHEDALE SOUTH JUST a thought. Why can’t some councilors travel to Townsville and note how their Strand has been transformed into a fabulous park area for hundreds of families and visitors for their ongoing enjoyment. It is a credit to them for the development of a very similar area/ aspect to our Spit. A bridge over to Brisbane Road, Labrador, from Doug Jennings park would complete the facility, then investigate further the CST proposal incorporating another casino. ALLAN BATE, ASHMORE