People will remember that the former Labor government also had the opportunity to give Downer EDI long-term contracts... and they did not always make it easy or come through with the goods either.
People will remember that the former Labor government also had the opportunity to give Downer EDI long-term contracts... and they did not always make it easy or come through with the goods either. Karleila Thomsen 11m368d

OPINION: It’s time to give us a fair go

IF WE are to see real improvement in the Fraser Coast's jobs situation, all tiers of government are going to need to pull together to make a change.

We have already lost Bombardier in Maryborough, and that could have been prevented.

Three years ago, the LNP government awarded a contract to build and maintain 75 new trains to the company. But there were no stipulations that any of the work must be done on the Fraser Coast, so it all went overseas.

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People will remember that the former Labor government also had the opportunity to give Downer EDI long-term contracts... and they did not always make it easy or come through with the goods either.

Take the multi-billion dollar tender process for 200 trains - the potential cost and risk meant Downer abandoned the tender process.

While there is admittedly not much point in looking backwards or pointing the finger, history shows us there needs to be a shift in thinking.

That shift is a commonsense one for most people: we need teamwork.

That's a difficult concept for politicians to grasp, it seems.

But this issue is more important than taking a political stand, or getting one up on the opposition.

This is our lives, our futures.

We deserve more. The people of the Fraser Coast need to send the message loud and clear: We've had enough. We want a fair go on jobs.

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