Letter to the Editor
It was very interesting to read the Townsville Bulletin’s assessment of The North’s 50 most influential people TB 30.08.14.in the Townsville area. I couldn’t help but notice that almost without exception (Sam Cox for some unknown reason?) LNP politicians both State, federal and local have been marked down for being failures as representatives of conservative governments (TCC, Queensland and federal) who live in Townsville, (State and federal)rather than being Townsville representatives of North Queensland participating in Local, State or Federal governments. In other words they are being marked down at all levels of government because they are not representing the best interests of everyday Townsville and districts people, and are instead simply followers of their governments in Townsville, Brisbane or Canberra, without representing their Townsville and district constituents, at our cost. Which I expect will be corrected at all coming elections, local, State and federal.
North Queensland misses out continuously on funding for urgent infrastructure because the South-East corner is always given preferential treatment in every facet of government expenditure at the cost of North Queensland infrastructure, which is precisely why calls for a separate state of North Queensland never disappear and is always in the background of NQ politics. As the largest tropical city in Australia the fact that, with a population fast approaching 200,000 people, we don’t have a commuter rail system in Townsville is a pathetic blight upon all conservative governments currently in operation in Australia, but in particular on the Newman State Brisbane-centric LNP government and the conservative Townsville City Council in not advocating hard enough to make it happen.
We in North Queensland need people representing us who are passionate North Queenslanders first and members of political parties second, we need people who are prepared to advocate for North Queensland, in basic infrastructure, not people who are merely interested in advocating for their political party, which is precisely why I remain independent of all political parties until I can see that commitment from a political party. I note the recent successful ALP motion to establish a North Queensland branch of that party was certainly a step in the right direction.
13 Laura Court, Deeragun
Townsville, North Queensland, 4818
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