OPINION: McArdle and Exit 190, reshaping the art of politics

WHAT an absolute pleasure it is to hear a compliment passed across the political divide, particularly coming so soon after an inglorious electoral defeat.

Caloundra MP and former LNP minister Mark McArdle spoke with some enthusiasm when he declared, "I can work with him anytime" following a visit to his constituents by Labor's Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey.

Mr McArdle made the point that politicians can become caught up in the 24-hour news cycle. He identifies in the Minister someone prepared to work to the issues.

That approach has given hope to groups looking to maintain Exit 190 from the Bruce Hwy at Palmview and to preserve as much as possible of Steve Irwin Way Forest.

Mr McArdle, while in government, listened to those groups' concerns and now in Opposition is continuing to represent them.

He appears to have recognised someone of similar mind and for once politics is not the issue on the table.

For the benefit of the electorate, we say may there be more of that.

Topics:  mark mcardle politics sunshine coast

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