Bligh quashes split state plan

A REFERENDUM will not be held to determine whether or not North Queensland will become its own state.

Media reports stated Queensland Premier Anna Bligh had taken the stance against North Queensland mayors who will take the matter to the Queensland Local Government Association meeting next month, seeking other Queensland mayors’ support to call on the State Government to hold a referendum.

“I can understand that many people in north Queensland feel a long way away from where some of the decisions are made,” Ms Bligh said.

“But the reality is that the financial winners out of a separate state for north Queensland would be those here in the southeast, who by and large are often subsidising services and buildings in the north.”

Ms Bligh said she would be happy to talk over problems of communications between Brisbane and the north, but denied coal royalties from the north were propping up the state.

Central Queensland mayors are not supportive of a split state.



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