Michael J Bailey at the microphone at 4RO which will be celebrating its 80th birthday next year. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin.
Michael J Bailey at the microphone at 4RO which will be celebrating its 80th birthday next year. Photo Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin. Chris Ison

De-amalgamation debate drowns in more figures as clock ticks

RADIO host Michael J Bailey believes the two men leading Livingstone's for and against de-amalgamation campaigns missed a golden opportunity to sway voters' views yesterday.

Paul Lancaster, of the Capricorn Coast Independence Movement, and Geoff Murphy, of One Capricorn Region, took to the airwaves on Michael J's 4RO breakfast show to do battle with their opposing views.

But the host felt it fizzled into facts and figures.

Michael J said he organised the debate because many people in the community were complaining there were too many facts and figures.

"I wanted to know what has Rockhampton done that is so bad to Livingstone Shire, but the facts and figures just came out again," he said.

"We want to know where the love went. I think in the last push they should be talking about what went wrong, not just the money."

Both men maintained the arguments they have made since the beginning of their campaigns and answered questions from callers.

One of the biggest bones of contention was rate rises.

A de-amalgamation supporter from the coast called in to say he would be voting yes because rates had skyrocketed under the amalgamated council.

Mr Lancaster said there would be no rate rise to subsidise a split, while Mr Murphy maintained there would be.

Michael J plans to invite them on the show again, but facts and figures will be banned.



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