Let­ter of the Week

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - OPINION -

Have strong opinions, write in an en­gag­ing way? You could win our Let­ter of the Week, and with it a book from our friends and spon­sors, the pub­lish­ers Harper-Collins. This month’s book prize is Queen of the North by Anne O’Brien. To those around her she is a loyal sub­ject. In her heart she is a traitor. In 1399 the fight for Eng­land’s crown has dire con­se­quences. This is one woman’s quest to turn his­tory on its head.

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

Rules: Best let­ter com­pe­ti­tion runs un­til Jan­uary 19 next year. En­tries close each Thurs­day at 5pm. The win­ner is se­lected by 2pm each Fri­day. Book of the month val­ued up to $49. En­trants agree to the Com­pe­ti­tion Terms and Con­di­tions lo­cated at www.gold­coast­bul­letin.com.au/ en­ter­tain­ment/com­pe­ti­tions, and our pri­vacy pol­icy. En­trants con­sent to their in­for­ma­tion be­ing shared with Harper-Collins for the ex­press pur­pose of de­liv­er­ing prizes.

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