Interstate rivalry is raging after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk suggested northern NSW should join her state.
Interstate rivalry is raging after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk suggested northern NSW should join her state. Patrick Woods

Tweed joining Qld is ‘pie in the sky’

WOULD you be willing to call yourself a Queenslander?

If the sunshine state’s Premier had her way, towns north of Evans Head including the Tweed Shire would become part of Queensland.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland should expand into northern NSW, making her state bigger and taking in coastal areas such as Kingscliff, Pottsville and Byron Bay.

Her comments come as MPs in the north of Queensland are pushing for a referendum to break away from Brisbane.

“There are parts of northern NSW that have more affinity with us. We should be inviting them to join us, not dividing our great state,” Ms Palasczuk told the Sunday Mail over the weekend.

NSW Premier Mike Baird asked whether April Fool’s Day had come early.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest said the idea was pie in the sky.

“I don’t think it will ever happen,” Mr Provest said.

“Even though we have connections - 30% of our people work in Queensland - I still believe strongly that NSW is the best state. Current economic indicators tell us that, our employment figures tell us that, we are Triple A-plus.”

Mr Provest said according to his research, for northern NSW to join Queensland, a referendum would have to take place - and be successful - in both states.

“The cost of that would be multiple millions and traditionally, referendums don’t get up,” Mr Provest said.

Mr Provest said if Queensland was fair dinkum about the idea, it should rather join NSW in adopting daylight saving.

“If they were really fair dinkum about it, Queensland should go on daylight saving and let’s get rid of some of the cross-border issues that really inhibit doing business in Queensland,” Mr Provest said.

“A lot of the problems can be tracked to daylight saving, plus some of the other cross-border problems like taxis and things like that.”

Mr Provest said a new Memorandum of Understanding between the two premiers over cross-border issues was due to be signed within weeks.

The previous MOU was signed between then premiers Anna Bligh (Qld) and Barry O’Farrell (NSW) in August 2011.

Daylight saving is due to end this Sunday, April 3 at 3am (NSW).



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