Dametto backs economist’s separate state study

Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto has backed local economist Colin Dwyer’s analysis that suggests a North Queensland state is viable.

A LOCAL economist’s analysis that suggests a North Queensland state is viable strengthens the case to break away, says Hinchinbrook MP Nick Dametto.

Mr Dametto said Colin Dwyer’s analysis had reinforced the merits of going it alone by examining the key factors of population, economic activity, ownership of and need for social assets, common interest in the community, distance from existing capital, performances and risk assessment and a precautionary test.

“The proof is in the pudding. Colin found that a North Queensland state satisfied political, most economic variables, social, technological, cultural and legal tests, as well as having a sufficient population numbering almost one million residents,” Mr Dametto said.

“Since its founding, Katter’s Australian Party have long been advocates of this proposal, but it’s also been important we satisfy the necessary requirements to facilitate a successful break away from the south. Colin’s analysis adds more weight to the push for a seventh state.”

Mr Dwyer also said there may need to be a relocation of a “moderate number of public servants” from Brisbane to the North, which dovetailed with the KAP’s public service de-centralisation proposal that could deliver the region about 3800 public service jobs and reclaim some control over the state’s future.

Mr Dametto said for the KAP, “a North Queensland state was more than just parochialism”.

“It’s based on the fact our region generates the majority of Queensland’s wealth for little return in State investment. The ability to keep that wealth in the region and re-invest it into much-needed public infrastructure makes sense on so many levels,” he said.

“I take heart in Colin’s analysis that a preliminary but comprehensive new North Queensland state budget would have a surplus. That’s no surprise considering the extensive contribution industries like mining and agriculture make to the existing economy.

“It’s time we took control of our own destiny and unleash the true potential of North Queensland.”

Nick Dametto MP