Region snubbed by budget

SICK of hearing about the budget yet?

Most of you probably are.

And why would that be?

Maybe because instead of finally getting what this region is rightly entitled to, we have been served yet another helping of Federal Government cold shoulder and Gillard/Swan snub.

It’s little wonder people are feeling a little disenchanted – and more than a little frightened that we are going to be equipped for the future. It’s admirable (if not now a little boring) that Julia Gillard and her government are so strongly committed to their goal of 2013 budget surplus or bust.

There are certain economic indicators which point to the importance of that – it’s undeniable. But it’s here that the importance not on what’s spent, but how it is spent becomes apparent.

It’s also where many would argue the Gillard/Swan budget has got it more than a little bit wrong.

There are some rather interesting (if not plain bewildering) funding allocations – and even more puzzling are those things which have been overlooked.

There can be no denying that with every budget, there comes the need to take the good with the bad. And, in all fairness, there are some measures and reforms in this year’s budget which show innovation, sound fiscal management and yet prudence in equal measure.

Gladstone region has been screaming out for decent funding – and a fair share back of what it pumps into the country’s coffers – for years. There is no point pounding our fists on the table and demanding we get our fair share. Clearly that’s not working. What we need is to collaborate as a region, work together and achieve a right and common goal.

Maybe then, we will be listened to.



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