Over the last few months there has been a lot of discussion about north Queensland separating and creating a new state. I can understand some of the frustrations of those living in the north, given the south east corner centric nature of politics and services delivery. It is not just a perception issue, it is a reality, with only three of twelve federal senators currently living above the tropic of Capricorn.
However, I don’t believe separation is the answer. We need more practical measures to address the lack of strong federal and state focus and representation in the north. More federal senators should be living in the north and the other regions of Queensland. Real action on infrastructure is needed to free up the potential the north has as an economic driver. It is encouraging to see the Coalition committing to more dams, but there needs to be a greater commitment to strengthening and servicing the regional cities.
If the proportion of votes for Family First is stronger in northern Queensland then, if elected, that is where I will live and work.
Rod McGarvie, Senate Candidate Family First