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Palaszczuk sinks to new low with petty drought blame game

16th October 2019

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has stooped to a disgraceful new low with their shocking smear on Queensland farmers battling the horrific drought.

LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett said Annastacia Palaszczuk was playing politics with the misery of farmers.

“Money is flowing to drought-affected areas from the Federal Government but this lousy Labor Government is refusing to open their wallet,” Mr Perrett said.

“This anti-regions, anti-jobs and anti-dams Premier has been in power for more than five years and has done nothing to help Queensland farmers.

“Mark Furner claims he’s a friend of the farmer, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“This cowardly Labor government delivered a hammer blow to farmers by cutting crucial freight subsidies, they’ve moved to drastically cut the size of Rookwood Weir and shamefully released 105,000 megalitres of water from Paradise Dam.

“This comes as water is trucked into Stanthorpe because Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t have a plan for water security.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and her dodgy Treasurer Jackie Trad are in no position to lecture anyone on the drought.

“Instead of planning another trip to meet with a Hollywood movie director in Los Angeles, Annastacia Palaszczuk should come to my electorate and meet farmers face to face.

“Only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government has a drought-proofing plan to support farmers, enhance water security, create new jobs and build and upgrade dams.

“The only thing Labor has dished up is a glossy brochure that does nothing to address the plight of farmers.

“Labor have budgeted a reprehensible $50 million cut to drought funding at a time when communities are at breaking point and towns are running dry.

“To think Labor can find $250 million to attempt to buy public service votes, but then go and slash drought funding, shows their priorities are all wrong.

“Queenslanders just want a decent Premier who will take action, but all they get from Annastacia Palaszczuk is a blame game, excuses and wrong priorities.

“It’s no wonder farmers are made to feel like second class citizens, because Furner fails farmers.”