Survey finds privatisation not okay here

EDITORIAL: A couple of years out from an election, it is difficult to read much into surveys of voter intentions.

A weekend survey of Maryborough voters commissioned by the Together Union indicates that Maryborough's Liberal National Party state member Anne Maddern would be given a decent run for her money by Independent Chris Foley whom she narrowly beat last state election - if an election was held today.

Which, of course, is not happening.

And Mr Foley has made no sign of intending to run again.

But a tightly focused poll can still be revealing, particularly when it sheds light on local attitudes to local issues.

Wider themes are less revealing.

More than 63% of the polled voters said they did "not trust" Campbell Newman's government to look after the interests of Maryborough people.

No surprises there.

I doubt the result would be vastly different with any flavour of state government, or any collection of regional voters.

More curious, and more telling, was the survey's finding that, although more than 62% of purported LNP voters would vote for an LNP government promising to privatise prisons, fewer than half of those LNP voters would support privatisation of the Maryborough Correctional Centre.

Not in my backyard?



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