OUR SAY: No hiding from reality, even for MP

I SOMETIMES think, as editor of the Fraser Coast Chronicle, how much simpler it would be to put out a paper that was entirely feel-good news.

The type of stories that do not upset anyone, only showing the highlights of life in our region.

There would be less criticism from the subjects of our stories. My job would be easy, and I would sleep well every night. Or would I?

No, because that misses the point of a newspaper.

The reality is that it is our job to fight for our community, and to rail against injustices when they occur.

Bad news does not go away if we ignore it, despite what Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss may wish.

His criticism of the Chronicle and ARM's Fair Go campaign is missing the point.

As I never tire of saying in my columns - I live here because I love the Fraser Coast, as do our readers.

But why should we die earlier, have less access to health care, employment and education opportunities as a result?

We are being let down by policies - and politicians - that marginalise people outside metro areas.

Is Mr Truss, our representative in Canberra, committed to doing something about it? Or does the electorate come second to his party?

We would love to see our beautiful region improved even further by gaining access to the healthcare, education and employment opportunities our metropolitan counterparts already enjoy.

That is the purpose of the Fair Go campaign. We are no less deserving just because we live a long way from Parliament House.



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