Townsville Bulletin

Last labels attendance only ‘for some photos and to tick a box’


MEMBER for Burdekin Dale Last has criticised the attendance of the two ministers and assistant minister at the Ayr Regional Forum on Monday, labelling it as a “box-ticking exercise”.

“What we saw on Monday was a couple of Labor members, ministers and an assistant minister sneak into town for some photos and to tick a box,” Mr Last said.

“You only have to look at the program’s website for proof that, since August last year, nothing has happened.

“The Burdekin community has a right to ask, what did they bring to town and what commitment­s have they made for our community going forward?

“Talk is cheap, we want to see some real commitment­s from this Labor government.

“The Police Minister’s attendance is an insult because, almost three years ago at a Community Crime

Forum, he promised to come back and update residents who expressed real concern. Since then, he has snuck into town twice but hasn’t had the guts to look those same people in the eye again.”

Mr Last said Burdekin residents would see straight through “Labor’s charade”.

“Labor ministers can pose for all the photos they like but locals know that the current government, as a whole, has failed them,” Mr Last said.

“Perhaps those ministers would like to come back to the Burdekin and front up to locals. Until they do that, all the photos in the world won’t achieve much at all for our district.”

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