The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Relaxing Miles away in Byron Bay is a bad look
THE message has been crystal clear from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk down: Queensland’s tourism industry is bleeding due to COVID-19 and the best way to help out is to spend your holiday dollars in the Sunshine State.
Which makes it bizarre and hypocritical that Deputy Premier Steven Miles headed straight to Byron Bay in NSW when he went on leave this weekend.
No one would for one second argue Mr Miles doesn’t deserve a break. As health minister during the pandemic last year he worked tirelessly for months. However, it’s a double standard for the government to plead with Queenslanders to help out their local tourism operators, only for one of its two most senior leaders to do the exact opposite.
Queenslanders are becoming very familiar with Mr Miles’s enjoyment of juvenile, university-style politics.
While some playing of politics may be grudgingly accepted, voters want leaders to behave like adults and hold genuine convictions.
It’s understood Mr Miles booked the holiday a year ago, but if you’re telling everyday Queenslanders to holiday in their home state, dashing to Byron Bay is a bad look.