Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has strongly backed claims by Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps calling for the Queensland Labor Government to start taking the development of Northern Australia seriously and shift their focus from the state’s south-east corner.
Senator Macdonald said it was time the Labor Party stopped paying lip service to the development of Northern Australia and start doing something tangible about economic growth and investment in the north.
“It’s incredible to think that the Queensland Premier would suggest locating the headquarters of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s head office anywhere other than in the north,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The Premier’s comments are reflective of the Labor Party’s broader disinterest in the development of Northern Australia.”
“Their failure to commit to any significant infrastructure projects in the north or seek out and encourage private investment, together with their lack of a comprehensive policy for Northern Australia has not been lost on those communities whose livelihoods are at risk from their blinkered approach.
“The NAIF is all about northern Australia and its headquarters and administrative staff must be based in the north.
“Governments can and must lead by example and not adopt the Labor policy of looking no further than capital cities.
“I am waiting to hear the outrage from Labor members in the North about their Premier’s stupidity.”