Opinion

Candidates called to account

The Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou.
The Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou. The Observer

I FOUND myself in very unfamiliar territory yesterday. What was intended as a general comment, and a call to action for all five of our local Gladstone electorate candidates, was taken personally, it seems, by incumbent independent Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham. It caused a bit of a stir.

Mrs Cunningham posted a comment to Facebook accusing me of being biased.

She also accused me of criticising her for making a lot of noise but not taking any action. Both accusations were made after receiving a second-hand account of an on-air conversation between Zinc Central Queensland Breakfast announcer Rob Kidd and myself on my daily radio cross. Yesterday afternoon, Mrs Cunningham confirmed she had not heard the cross herself.

Later, via text message, she said she had listened to it, and, at the time of writing this editorial, the Facebook posts with the accusations stood. The radio cross can be heard online at gladstoneobserver.com.au - so you can listen and make your own call.

If any of the five candidates took offence or exception (or anything personal) to the comments I made yesterday I am sorry.

It's no secret The Observer - and I, as editor, - have always been prepared to concede when we have it wrong. But this is not one such time. I stand by my comments.

We need a state member who can effect real change and be a real and unrelenting advocate for our region.

That person might well be Liz Cunningham. But it might also be Glenn Butcher, Anthony Beezley, Russell Schroter or Andrew Blake.

The Observer - and I personally - adhere to a strict code of balance and fairness at any time, but especially during an election campaign. But that doesn't mean shying away from tough questions and calling all stakeholders to account. That is our job.

Topics:  queensland election 2012, zinc radio




Former Gladstone 4CC radio staffer on fresh fraud charge

BMW SEIZED: Sommer Price was charged by police for allegedly defrauding a Gladstone dentist of $50,000.

Gladstone woman faces fresh fraud allegation

'Already got Aldi coming': Gladstone locals divided on Coles

HAPPY SHOPPER: Alex Unsworth lives a short distance from the proposed site of the Coles development and doesn't think Gladstone needs any more shops.

“I don’t think Gladstone needs another Coles or Woolies."

Latest deals and offers

Three reasons your mind will be blown this week

Alan Dale and Jacki Weaver in a scene from the TV series Secret City.

THREE shows on Foxtel to make your mind boggle.

Elena wins MasterChef: “I’m ecstatic and eager to celebrate"

MasterChef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan, from Noosa.

NOOSA chefs survive marathon grand final dish by Heston Blumenthal.

Shannen Doherty shaves hair during cancer battle

Shannen Doherty has completely shaved off her hair

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga has become a godmother to her friends' daughter

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles