Dispute on Bruce Young's de-amalgamation stance
THE Member for Keppel Bruce Young maintains he has always held a "neutral position" on whether the region should split and support de-amalgamation.
But Mr Young, in an article published in The Bulletin, on January 3, stated his personal belief was "a de-amalgamation is in the region's long-term interest".
"I never said this at all; The Bulletin got it wrong," Mr Young said yesterday.
But well-known Rockhampton businessman and spokesman for One Capricorn Region, Geoff Murphy, said a couple of people he knew were at a function last Tuesday night when Mr Young stood up and told the crowd he "was for de-amalgamation".
"There were two people who were at that meeting who I recognise as upright pillars of our society and they heard Bruce say it," Mr Murphy said.
"But then when I tackled him on the following Thursday Bruce denied it and (also) said The Bulletin had got it wrong (in the January 3 report).
"I then told Bruce - 'If The Bulletin got it wrong then you need to call them and get them to print a retraction.
"But he said to me - 'It's no use because The Bulletin never prints retractions' and he then told me I could call them if I wished.
"I did call The Bulletin and I was told The Bulletin would not be printing a retraction because the reporter had emailed a copy of the story to Mr Young to check and at no time did Mr Young tell the reporter, after reading his story, there were any inaccuracies in it."
Editor's note: Chief of Staff Adam Wratten emailed the January 3 report to Mr Young to allow the MP to check the accuracy of his comments.
Mr Young returned the email and raised no issues with the report.
The Morning Bulletin stands by the article. The paper does make retractions and corrections where warranted. This is not one of them.