Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Simpson petition 4wd ban?

Well no actually.

Just remember if it's in the corporate press, it's probably not true.

Here is a media release from Fiona Simpson MP's website:

4-wheel drive petition correction

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir

I need to correct your story (SCD 7.10.09) which is completely wrongly reported. I have not called for higher registration for four wheel drives. Nor do I support the banning of 4-wheel drives. I had not even made a comment upon Mr Barry Craft's petition which I tabled in State Parliament. MPs routinely table petitions for constituents which present contentious points of debate which are not necessarily held by the MPs. I have always believed it is a citizen's right to have petitions tabled.

Yours sincerely

Fiona Simpson MP

Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads

Member for Maroochydore

Compare today's reaction in the media to this piece from a few months ago:

Angry Queenslanders have their say

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Queenslanders have voiced their anger over the Bligh Labor Government’s rising cost of living through one of the largest e-petitions ever tabled in Parliament.

The e-petition, tabled today by Shadow Minister for Main Roads and Transport, Fiona Simpson was signed by more than 100,000 Queenslanders.

Ms Simpson said the petition has provided a voice for people angry at the rise of car registration costs.

“The Premier needs to take the fact that 109,935 people have taken the time to sign this petition on board.

“This is among the highest number of signatures any e-petition has received in Queensland which should prove to the Premier just how angry the community is.

“The Premier does not have a mandate to increase the cost of fuel, electricity, water, or car registration.

“Queenslanders feel ripped of by the Premier and her Government and are demanding to be heard.

“It is time the Premier listened.”