Queensland to stay as one state

A BID to split Queensland in two has failed to get support in parliament.   Katter's Australian Party MP Rob Katter moved a motion on Thursday for the Queensland parliament to carve off a North Queensland state.   The two KAP MPs and Cairns independent Rob Pyne supported the move but neither the Government nor Opposition voted in favour of the motion on Thursday night.    Speaking in support of the motion KAP MP Shane Knuth told the parliament north Queensland would be better off if it was its own state.   "By being autonomous we believe north Queensland can reach its full potential," he said.   Mr Knuth said north Queensland was not receiving its fair share of investment or royalties from mines in the north.    Three central and north Queensland Labor MPs spoke against the motion - but no members from the LNP spoke on the debate.    Labor Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher  said he believed Queensland was better off as one.   "I don't support the proposition that all the money is being spent in south-east Queensland," he said.    "This decision about two separate states has been raised many times before but every Queenslander knows we are stronger together."   Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe  suggested Queensland should be expanded into NSW and even Victoria rather than splitting up.    Mr Hinchcliffe said greyhound racers and the family of football player Greg Inglis might want to join Queensland   "Why should we only consider splitting our great state when we could consider growing it? Perhaps the NSW parliament might want to reconsider the borders and let the North Coast of their state join the great state of Queensland," he said.   "NSW have long complained about the Bowraville junior Greg Inglis … playing for the Maroons - we can fix it!"    It was just one of many rugby league references made in the speeches.    The state's northernmost MP, independent MP Billy GordonCORRECT, did not support the bill, voting with the Government and Opposition.    ARM NEWSDESK  



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