Gibson blasts Mary fire sale idea
THE suggestion that the State Government use money from the sale of Mary Valley properties to fund a trial of NDIS in Gympie was a "shameful" and "desperate grab for headlines", Member for Gympie David Gibson said yesterday.
Mr Gibson blasted neighbouring Independent Peter Wellington over his proposal on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and said Mr Wellington was "abandoning the Valley" by making it.
"This week during the NDIS debate we saw from the Member for Nicklin a disgraceful attempt to get attention as he sold out one vulnerable community over another," Mr Gibson said.
"This was nothing more than a desperate grab for a headline during the NDIS debate.
"Of all people Peter Wellington should have more compassion for the people of the Mary Valley who have gone through so much, rather than use them as a political football in the NDIS debate.
"It was shameful that he could so quickly sell out part of his own community."
Mr Gibson said Mr Wellington knew what a "fire sale" of government-owned properties would do to land values in the Mary Valley.
"Not even Labor was planning to be that cruel," he said.
Mr Gibson said people only had to read Mr Wellington's full speech to realise he was not serious about the NDIS.
"It was a time allocated for Members of Parliament to draw attention to the need for an NDIS and the needs of the disabled in our community, not a time for headline-grabbing stunts by the Member for Nicklin," he said.