Daylight saving 'not important'
“SURELY to goodness we have more important issues that require resolution than daylight saving.
“We have the Health Department for example, and the staff not getting paid.”
Asked if he thought some of the more pressing issues might have prompted the government to want to change the subject of public debate, he said: “If you were cynical you'd think that's the case. I only hope the State Government isn't that way,” he said.
The Mayor's obvious concern that the issue might distract the state from economic and other vital issues was shared by many yesterday.
Gympie MP David Gibson accused the government of deliberate tactics in distracting the electorate from issues like health workers not being paid and the assets sell-off.
And he accused the government of dumping Coolangatta's time-difference worries onto Gympie, by shifting the boundary our way. “Apparently the state can't operate by having a different time zone there but we can have a one-hour time difference between Gympie and Cooran,” he said.
Peak farming body AgForce said the debate was a distraction from issues like growth management.
Business body, CCIQ also opposed the distraction from “asset sales, unemployment, utility costs, taxation and returning the budget to surplus.”