Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

What Goes Around

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

What Goes Around

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MAYBE it's the weather, maybe it's just me, but I'm feeling a bit more of a stirrer than my usual placid self lately.

Maybe it's because my old birth-date twin Keith Richard of Rolling Stones fame and I, share a fairly significant birthday this coming week.

It's true, Keefe's Mum and Dad, and mine, timed it to perfection so that they would both receive early presents in the form of bouncing baby boys exactly one week before Christmas all those years ago.

It's probably no minor miracle that we're both still around to celebrate, and further proof that God does exist, Sam, but you'll just have to take my word for that.

Anyway, a few things have made me a bit cranky this week. Premier Anna Bligh and her Treasurer Andrew Fraser didn't help much when they dumped another request for Gladstone Airport funding back in the lap of Gladstone Regional Council (which means you and me).

"Just sell it." That was the best advice they could offer while crying about how broke they were. Did they have old Bull City in mind already as a potential buyer?

As I told you last week, Anna can find the money to employ 640 "non- spin-doctors" to keep us informed about how broke Queensland is. And how they need to milk long-suffering motorists yet again with another big hike in vehicle regos.

What happened to all the billions they have been raking in from GST, stamp duties, mineral royalties and Gladstone port exports in all the boom times before the bubble burst late last year? Oh, that's right, they've blown most of it on highways, byways, bridges, tunnels and pipelines in South East Queensland, of which $2.4 billion's worth is now in limbo.

Thanks a lot, Anna.

But I'm pleased to report I was able to make use of one of the millions of on-line forms and information sites produced by one of your non- spin-doctors the other day. Filling out forms is just a sign of the times and that approaching birthday, I guess, but one of the questions had me a bit stumped and that was right near the top.

Here's how it went: "Sex - Male, Female, Other. If Other, provide details". …

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