PM faced with mount­ing woes

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - Peter Cameron

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’’.

SHOOT­ING STARS

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’’.

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