OPINION: Sizing up our leaders
THE death of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser only months after the loss of Gough Whitlam has changed the landscape of Australian politics.
Former Prime Ministers are never forgotten in Australia.
It is interesting how Mr Fraser (pictured) changed his views on many things over time.
From my perspective, it was good to see someone not hiding his views but expressing them in retirement, even if some were at odds with the party he once led.
Politicians who are elected under one party banner and then join another before going to the people are the ones I question.
I only saw Mr Fraser once but I've never seen a bigger man.
He was a giant of a man who would have been in the second row in rugby union.
Former Prime Ministers John Howard and Bob Hawke are little fellows, they would be halves in rugby.
The real size of politicians is often diluted on television, Mr Howard and Mr Hawke don't look as small on the box as they do in real life.
The state of Queensland politics
THE resignation from the ALP of North Queensland politician Billy Gordon has added a new dimension to State politics.
If you are interested in politics, you won't be bored in Queensland.
Seems some ALP people are talking about any early election but there is no guarantee they would win.
A few who wanted to give the LNP a fright but not change government could return to the conservative side with their vote if an election was called.
The good thing with the new State Government is they are taking change steadily.
There is nothing worse than a lot of quick decisions without consultation with stakeholders.
IT is less than a year to the next local government election when all local authorities in Queensland go to the people on the same day.
There has never been a shortage of candidates in Southern Downs Regional Council in the seven years since amalgamation.
Good to see councillors and staff on hand at the Warwick Show when ratepayers and residents could have a chat with them.
While I didn't take advantage of the offer, it is much easier to talk to a councillor at a stall at a show than pull them up in the street.
Hope everyone who opted for six-monthly rates remembered to pay their second installment of rates by the due date.
We opted for the six-month split for some notices but I do believe there should be some discount for those who pay on time on a six-monthly basis.
Brisbane rates are quarterly and there is a discount if all four payments are made on time.