Mr Canavan said there was already provision to create new states in the constitution.
Mr Canavan said there was already provision to create new states in the constitution. Sharyn O'Neill

POLL: Is it time for Central Queensland to become a state?

IS IT time to turn the Beef Capital into the State Capital?

That's the question Rockhampton LNP Senator Matt Canavan posed yesterday as he renewed a call for Australia to consider new states which could better represent the population.

Mr Canavan said creating a new state in Queensland's north could see the area and its population given greater representation at a national level.

It was an issue he also raised during his first day as a Senator last year.

Should the Beef Capital become a state capital for a new state?

This poll ended on 03 July 2015.

Current Results

Yes

47%

No

52%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"I think government closer to the people is the best form of government," he said.

"A state of North Queensland would help us to be masters of our own destiny."

Mr Canavan said currently, the leaders meeting for each Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting was based in metropolitan areas.

He said a regional-based government would help give the people of those electorates a louder voice when it came to national issues.

Do you think Queensland should be split into two states?

This poll ended on 03 July 2015.

Current Results

Yes

46%

No

53%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"This is about staying together as a country, it's not about separating," Mr Canavan said.

Mr Canavan said there was already provision to create new states in the constitution.

While Mr Canavan said there were people who may reject the idea of more bureaucracy, he said it was important to start a discussion about the possibility of new states.

The idea of creating new states is not a new one, particularly in Central Queensland.

According to a history of Rockhampton and surrounds written by Lorna McDonald, the city's historic Kenmore House, now part of the Mater Hospital complex, was to be Government House for a proposed Central Queensland colony in the 1890s.

In 1928 the longing to break from southern Queensland was still evident with a letter to The Morning Bulletin stating: "The time must come when the district would be separated from the Brisbane octopus."

The move was once again supported in 1958, when almost 30,000 people signed a petition for a referendum to form a new Central Queensland state.
 
 



Brad has a blast: ‘That was living a lifelong dream’

Premium Content Brad has a blast: ‘That was living a lifelong dream’

CQ beef industry identity leads team into battle against Classic Wallabies.

Bad start: Yeppoon Swans captain blew .172

Premium Content Bad start: Yeppoon Swans captain blew .172

A day of drinking to celebrate being named captain of his footy team ended...

Celebrity chef cooks finest Aussie steak at Beef

Premium Content Celebrity chef cooks finest Aussie steak at Beef

Here’s how a celebrity chef makes a simple and light dish of the most prestigious...