LNP’s Ken O’Dowd.
LNP’s Ken O’Dowd.

Voters just don't know difference

THE lines between state and federal governments are getting blurred through funding and other promises made during the 2010 federal election campaign.

Parties and lobby groups have been confusing the two tiers of government and who is responsible for what as debates tackle matters that are actually the responsibility of the State Government.

For instance, at a candidates’ forum in Gladstone on Thursday night, candidates were asked if they would support a move to remove religious education from public-school curriculum.

While, understandably, it is a matter that concerns all Australians, whether they are for or against, the issue cannot be tackled at a federal level until Australia has a national school curriculum.

Another headline-hitting topic has been the Federal Government’s Building Education Revolution package, which has funded the building of halls, libraries and other non-classroom structures at public schools. Public schools do need upgrades and new buildings, but what Gladstone really needs are new classrooms to accommodate new students expected to come with the industry and population boom.

And, of course, roads is a highly debatable topic. Recently Queensland’s Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace would not commit in any way, shape or form, on funding for Gladstone roads.

He also said the State Government would not be looking at a co-funding option to make sure the Calliope Crossroads project was completed soon. At least with the Crossroads matter, it is a Federal Government issue and not a State Government issue.

But it seems that the Federal Government, or the want-to-be government, is willing to take over the State Government’s responsibility for some roads with the Liberal National Party committing $1 million towards the Monto to Mt Perry road recently.

Voters note that Queenslanders will have the opportunity to stop the sale of Queensland Rail at the next State election in 2012.

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