NORTH Queensland could be left without a representative in the senate after Labor’s left faction pulled its support from Jan McLucas, and with Townsville-based Liberal senator Ian McDonald set to retire.
The situation has been described by Advance Cairns as unacceptable.
“It’s not important to have a senator up here, it’s imperative,” said CEO Mark Matthews.
“Sure a senator represents the whole state as a whole, but they generally have a deeper understanding of their own regions, so when you talk about the myriad issues here in terms of indigenous issues, regional development and world heritage, they’re all unique to our region.
“Particularly given our maritime borders with PNG and the challenges of managing federal treaties.’’