PM faced with mounting woes
QUEENSLAND can brace for a prefederal poll bloodbath including threats of 4am phone calls from our “Rocket Man’’ PM and taunts of “bodgie billions’’ over SEQ roads.
Mal’s state dramas range from preselections to eight seats on low margins. No-nonsense Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will be high on the 4am phone rocket schedule as he clings to his seat of Dickson.
Traps has not been on the receiving end (yet!) from our sinking PM, but Rocket Man’s phone calls are legendary for colour – even after 4am.
Dutton (pictured right) is sitting on a 1.6 per cent wafer against new wave Labor hope Ali France, and resorted to done-to-death road pledges in Dickson as well as telling 4BC he had “tightened the screws’’ on immigrants.
“Rocket Man’’ Mal (pictured left) also is copping a daily slagging from 4BC’s Alan Jones and Ray Hadley, plus former PM Tony Abbott who just happens to figure in Dutton’s rehashed hopes for 2005-vintage road plans in the Dohles Rocks area. The Coalition’s state turmoil spread to party jostling on livewire Nat Barry O’Sullivan for the winnable No.2 two Senate spot.
Roads biz can make or break pollies when funding south of the Tugun Bypass is 80 per cent Fed: 20 per cent NSW (Tory). SEQ road-funding plan is 50 per cent Fed: 50 per cent Qld (Labor). Rocket Man’s Potholes’ minister Paul Fletcher rates our 20:80 written deal as “arcane arguments’’.
Ali France disagreed. “Dutton’s been promising this funding for a long time but when elected in 2013 didn’t deliver.’’
STACIA CHEESED OFF
STAR Casino’s Gold Coast-led revival was off to a lean start when Premier Palaszczuk was denied Games-time dinner at Star’s Sheraton Mirage. “It was a bit embarrassing,’’ the Premier told 4BC, conceding she and her VIP guest arrived at 9.15pm straight from the nearby Games swimming. “We had a glass of wine and some cheese. We were told the kitchen was closed.’’
Readers can make up their own minds on whether 9.15pm was too late. US rivals Caesar’s Palace ran the rule over Gold Coast in a recent visit.
Star Casino boss John O’Neill was on the front foot in a “strategic’’ March 29 memo to the Australian Stock Exchange, including “further developments at the Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast ... following completion of the Queensland Government’s Masterplan for The Spit’’.
PREMIER Stacia can check out Star’s rapid Queen’s Wharf casino progress, including the much-awaited Bonner Bridge, when she returns from the Games.
Rumours the $100 million-plus Neville Bonner Bridge would not proceed were rejected quickly by her team. Bonner’s late son Tiny (Alfred) Bonner gave the A-Pal team invaluable advice on cultural planning.
Neville Bonner building, named in honour of Australia’s first indigenous senator, was lost in works on Queen’s Wharf. The 270m Bonner Bridge will have observation decks joining the casino to South Bank’s giant wheel.
Star’s expensive projects and equity plans drew lively market comment.
O’Neill’s bridging vision includes “investing in ... valuable long-term licences in sought-after destinations’’.