Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has coffee at Ground Up Espresso this morning and went to The Spotted Cow last night, pictured with trivia host Bernard Laherty.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has coffee at Ground Up Espresso this morning and went to The Spotted Cow last night, pictured with trivia host Bernard Laherty. Contributed

Toowoomba becomes Canberra’s darling

OUR SAY: ARE YOU feeling the love, Toowoomba?

Our fair city was Canberra's darling yesterday after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull chose to deliver his national address here.

And then 20 minutes before The Chronicle's Tara Miko was due to interview Mr Turnbull, the charm offensive intensified with the news that Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce would be joining his PM.

This comes on the heels of a cabinet reshuffle in December in which Mr Turnbull shone his favour on Toowoomba and the Darling Downs, promoting Groom MP John McVeigh to the Minister for Regional Development and Maranoa MP David Littleproud to the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

Both roles carry considerable national importance and political prestige.

If you expected Mr Turnbull to fly into Toowoomba moments before his national address and to fly out immediately after, think again.

The PM took a stroll around Queens Park, had a beer at The Spotted Cow's trivia night on Wednesday and got a caffeine hit at Ground Up Espresso yesterday morning.

Toowoomba has become something of a bellwether for conservative voting trends and politicians are acutely aware of losing ground to One Nation and the Australian Conservatives.

Cynics would say that's why we're feeling the love from Canberra.

Or maybe Mr Turnbull just really loves the Cow's chicken parmy.
 


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