Unsurprisingly, Rupert Murdoch's Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper has thrown its voice behind the enforced amalgamations in it's editorial of Saturday 28 July. In recent years the Courier Mail newspaper has consistently supported every possible major infrastructure development project no matter how extravagent or environmentally reckless and no matter how strongly oppsed by local residents. These include:
- The ghastly Suncorp stadium that is so huge that one Courier mail writer compained of being unable to see the stage from his 'platinum' ticket seat at the back of the stadium.
- The North South Bypass Tunnel
- The Hale Street Bridge
- The Traveston and Wyaralong Dams
- The Northbank residential development which, if it proceeds, will encase the Brisbane CBD adjoinng the north bank of the Brisbane River, together with 300 metres of the Brisbane itself in huge high reise concrete residential apartments.
- "ratepayers also demand efficient, and cost-effective, service provision; and never more so than in growth hot-spots where young families abound and current infrastructure is most strained." The editorial writer neglected to mention the fact that Courier Mail itself is a strident advocate of that same population growth that is straining the infrastructure of Queensland.
- "Amalgamation – and the power which economies of scale bring – will also bolster the bargaining power of these growth areas as they negotiate with both government and private industry." Curiously, under other earlier Beattie government 'reforms' to local government, many powers powers including the power to prevent residential developments have been taken away from councils.