In this election we are hearing lots of promises but the people of regional, rural and remote Queensland have a long history of taking them with a grain of salt.
There is a long history of promises made but never delivered.
It's about time our elected representatives remembered who they serve.
It's not parties or themselves.
It's you the voter, your families and your communities.
Queensland is the most de-centralised state in the nation.
It has vast distances, enormous wealth and a resilient people whose values helped build the Anzac spirit and the nation's core values.
Take Mount Isa.
It's the fourth richest mineral province in the world.
If it was in the United States it would be a major city like Houston and yet, even now, it struggles with major infrastructure deficits.
It's a situation repeated all over regional rural and remote Queensland.
It's just not good enough.
Why should the citizens of these places struggle with inadequate roads, schools and health services?
Why should you have to send your kids away to get decent schooling?
Why are airfares to these places so exorbitant?
That's why I have a "Wealth to the Regions' as a centrepiece of my candidature as Queensland Independent for the Senate.
It's time, not for promises, but action.
We need major infrastructure investment in all manner of services.
We need investment in weather event management and mitigation.
We need tax incentives that return a greater percentage of the wealth created by these communities to those communities.
There should be no more fly in, fly out project work forces.
Development proposals by major companies who profit from these communities must contain community investment programs to get approvals.
Community led, government supported economic diversification programs are needed to build greater resilience and employment opportunities.
Independent Senate candidate for Queensland