Queensland Premier Campbell Newman wants to see half the Queensland population living outside the south-east corner in 30 years time.
By General Maddox.
Forget about the freedom to live wherever you want especially if your chosen destination is Logan City, Queensland.
Lets say you’re a new arrival to Australia, a refugee from a foreign land. You don’t know anyone else except some distant relatives who have been living in Logan for a few years. You bring your family half way around the world to try and make a new start. You make the effort to learn the language, culture and way of life in Australia so you can fit in.
You’re then told that you must now move your family again. This time to a country town about 500km’s away from Logan City. You know no one out there. There’s no support network. You’re isolated and alone.
This could be the reality for some current residents and new arrivals to Logan City just south of the Queensland capital.
See this from a recent report by ABC.net.au:
“Queensland’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Glen Elmes, is concerned about the population push in Logan from interstate and overseas migrants. He says the State Government is looking to relieve some of that pressure by moving some people out of Logan altogether.”
A move reminiscent of what the indigenous Americans faced decades ago, could see indigenous Australian’s, New Zealand immigrants and even the intergenerational unemployed moved out of south-east Queensland to Central Queensland “reservations”.
This drastic plan is spurred by cultural differences between some ethnic groups. You may remember recent street riots taking place in Logan back in January 2013 where groups of south Pacific Islanders were abusing Aboriginals in Logan. Tensions flared up between the groups and police were called to quell the fighting.
It appears the new “City of Choice Leadership Team” prefers to pass the buck and make the issue of low socio-economic hardship the responsibility of a Central Queensland Council.
They should be called the “Out of Sight, Out of Mind Team”.