Diamond campaigning strongly
WITH a name like Diamond and a background in radio and television, you'd expect him to be a polished performer.
And yesterday as he launched his bid to be Rockhampton's next state MP, Bruce Diamond shone.
His first campaign speech, to a small crowd near the Barrage, was delivered with such passion and skill that Rob Messenger, the Independent Member for Burnett, described it as the best political speech he'd ever heard.
“I can't wait for your maiden address in state parliament,” he said, urging Rockhampton voters to seize power away from faceless bureaucrats and party machines and elect a true independent.
Mr Diamond, who read the news for decades on WIN TV and honed his political philosophy as a talkback radio presenter on 4RO, is a sparkling public speaker and communicator.
He says that from now until the state election, whenever that will be, he will take every opportunity to take his message to the people.
“I'm a true independent,” he said. “I have vision, passion, compassion and enthusiasm. I want this job.”
He outlined the policies he hopes will convince the city's voters to turn away from Labor and the LNP.
And he attacked what he called the waste, bad management, stupidity and false promises of Labor.
“The cost of living is out of control. Why are so many of us hurting so much?
“The cost of electricity has increased 32% since 2007, that's one reason why,” he said.
Also people in Rockhampton were sick of driving on deplorable roads, sick of being cut off from the rest of the world when the river floods, sick of having to go to Brisbane for medical treatments that can't be accessed here, sick of inferior cheap seafood that's flooding the region and sick of farmers not having a say about who comes on their land.
“We are also sick of alcohol-related violence. If elected, I'm going to push for earlier closing times and a ban on glass in licensed premises,” he said.
Forced amalgamations were supposed to lower costs and reduce bureaucracy, but there were more bureaucrats and higher rates.
The asset sale was a big con and Labor had wasted billions on stupid, failed projects.
Diamond policies include developing a greater permanent military base in the city to stimulate the economy and climate appropriate leisure activities to make the region more attractive for tourists.
He proposes free travel for pensioners on all local public transport from 9am to 4pm each day and an increase in the travel and accommodation allowance to cancer sufferers who have to travel away for treatment.