Noosa Welcomes Senate Inquiry
NOOSA residents and community groups angry about forced council amalgamations will have a chance to voice their concerns in a Senate inquiry this Thursday scheduled at Ivory Palms Resort, Noosaville commencing at 9.00am.
The inquiry will examine new laws introduced to Federal Parliament backing a proposed referendum on the issue.
The first of the public hearings will be held in Noosa followed by Emerald on August 31 and Cairns on September 3 headed up by Senators Ian Macdonald and Barnaby Joyce.
The Federal Government says it will give Queenslanders affected by the controversial proposal a vote on whether mergers should go ahead.
Finance and Public Administration Committee member Senator Ian Macdonald said the inquiry would examine the laws to determine if they were needed and if they were constitutionally sound.
But Senator Macdonald said the inquiry would also give ordinary Queenslanders a further forum to have their voice heard on the controversial issue.
"That is an opportunity denied to them by the Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie" he said.
I believe the legislation is needed, mainly because Mr. Beattie has been so erratic over this issue you couldn't really trust anything he's said," commented Senator Macdonald.
Friends of Noosa spokesperson, Bob Ansett said "We are very grateful to Mr. Howard for providing Queenslanders the opportunity to express themselves on a potential life changing policy, a basic right denied to them by the Beattie Government. Accordingly we urge the Senate to pass this Bill into law thus ensuring the voice of affected Queenslanders is heard.
There are hundreds of thousands of angry Queenslanders all ready to direct their rage by voting against the Labor Party at the forthcoming Federal Election and if the Labor party seriously doesn't think this will have an effect, they are more out of touch with the community than we thought".
It is expected that many Noosa residents will rally outside the Ivory Palms venue on Thursday to express their anger with another large public display scheduled for Friday. It will be the first in a series of activities nationally and locally planned by the Friends of Noosa who unequivocally say NO to amalgamation.