Our veins flow ma­roon

THERE’S NO DOUBT WE SOME­TIMES NEED A FAIRER GO IN FNQ, THAT’S WHY WE WANT YOUR IN­PUT IN OUR SUR­VEY, LAUNCHED TO­DAY, SO THAT WE CAN CON­TINUE TO CHAM­PION THE RE­GION AS WE’VE AL­WAYS DONE.

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THERE is trou­ble brew­ing among the na­tives and their voices are get­ting louder. But do they scream the rebel yell on be­half of all of us? Calls for a break­away state are noth­ing new above the Tropic of Capri­corn. It’s a bit like, should Aus­tralia be­come a repub­lic, or in­tro­duc­ing day­light sav­ing — you can set your an­nual alarm clock to the de­bates and then hit the snooze but­ton for an­other year. There is a de­ter­mined crew now though, it seems, an­gling for se­ces­sion and it has a tar­get in mind: State Elec­tion 2020. There’s no doubt we some­times need a fairer go in FNQ, that’s why we want your in­put in our sur­vey, launched to­day, so that we can con­tinue to cham­pion the re­gion as we’ve al­ways done. The sur­vey will help us in plan­ning our fu­ture cam- paigns to fight for what you care about most. I must ad­mit, that while there are some things that just aren’t right or fair, I’ve al­ways been quite fond of calling my­self: “Queens­lan­der!”

I wonder if the Down South and Up North are so dif­fer­ent af­ter all.

We all love footy … es­pe­cially kick­ing the Blues in State of Ori­gin.

Billy Slater is our man but this year is his last throw of the ball for rep­re­sen­ta­tive footy. It wouldn’t be the same if I couldn’t cheer for Andrew McCul­lough or Gavin Cooper. Their veins flow ma­roon, and so do mine.

North and south, we all hate busy roads.

A traf­fic snarl from the CBD to Smith­field and a bumper-to-bumper snail ride from Bris­bane to the Goldie — all drivers feel the rage and dream of a golden high­way to their front door.

Paid park­ing … and just some­where to park.

While it stings like a scor­pion to have to pay for park­ing on Sun­days and it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to find one any­way in the city, a lack of space to put your wheels is a gripe we def­i­nitely all have in com­mon. The dif­fer­ence is, south­ern­ers have bet­ter public trans­port op­tions and they’re more in­clined to walk fur­ther than we are.

We love the out­doors.

So we have THE Reef and rain­for­est, but I would pre­fer to walk my lab along a coast­line with­out fear she’ll be taken by a monster. Queens­lan­ders love their beaches but it’s more sun and sand up here than sun and surf.

We love a good drop.

Whether it’s a beer from up here or a pale ale from down there, spring wa­ter or sparkling, white wine or red. As for cof­fee, don’t think for a minute we’re any dif­fer­ent from the city-slicker latte sip­pers — there’s a cof­fee shop on ev­ery cor­ner in Cairns.

We have much in com­mon, we Queens­lan­ders, we just need to even things up a bit so we re­main the Top Spot.

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