Thursday, 4 July 2019
Statements by Members
The people of Central and North Queensland are often misunderstood and much maligned. People say we're different. In the wake of the 18 May election victory, I am honoured to represent the people of Mackay, Proserpine, the Whitsundays, Bowen, the Burdekin and Townsville. These people were called a lot of names: rednecks, bogans, knuckle-draggers and racists. They were called ignorant. They were called cavemen and hillbillies. The Twitterati called for a Quexit; they wanted to kick us out of the country.
Well, at the ballot box, the cavemen came out with their clubs, and this election result is a victory for them. It's a victory for the men and women who put on the high-vis and hard hats and head out west to work in our mines. It's a victory for the farmers and graziers, the fishermen and the fruit-and-veg growers—people who might have dirt under their fingernails but who put food on our tables. It's a victory for small business men and women, for tradesmen and for soldiers and servicemen in our garrison city of Townsville. The people I stand here to represent may be misunderstood. They may be maligned. But they've made sure their voices will be heard. I congratulate them on their election victory. I'll make their voices heard in this chamber.