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Business delivers another devastating verdict on Labor

20th November 2019

A new survey reveals Queensland has the highest proportion of small and medium sized businesses concerned their State Government is working against them.

The latest Sensis Business Index survey showed 28 per cent of small and medium businesses believed the Palaszczuk Labor Government was running counter to them – the worst state in the nation.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the vote of no confidence in Labor from the business sector was on top of Queensland having the highest unemployment rate and the most bankruptcies in the nation.

“Queensland needs a State Government that will work with them, not against them, and that’s what the LNP will deliver,” Mr Mander said.

“The opinion of small business owners matter because they are the people who create jobs in this state.

“They want a government that’s pro-business and pro-jobs.

“Labor’s not working for small and medium businesses.

“Businesses have had the life squeezed out them by the Palaszczuk Labor Government for the last five years.

“Labor’s high-taxing, anti-jobs agenda is putting Queensland small businesses at risk and destroying jobs.”

Mr Mander said Labor’s red tape and new taxes was making it harder and harder for small businesses to keep their doors open.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has driven Queensland’s economy into the ground with nine new or increased taxes ripping $3.5 billion from the economy,” Mr Mander said.

“All Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered Queensland are higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure.

“The LNP will manage the economy for everyday Queenslanders so businesses can grow and create more jobs.

“The LNP will create jobs by building new roads and dams, cutting electricity bills and giving Queenslanders a no-new-taxes guarantee.”

Townsville’s economic boost from LNP game-changer

19th November 2019

Townsville will be the epicentre of a local jobs bonanza brought on by the LNP’s commitment to the New Bradfield Scheme.

During a visit to Townsville today, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the economic benefits for the region will be enormous.

“The New Bradfield Scheme is an incredible opportunity for Queensland,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Thousands of jobs will be created by construction of the enlarged Hells Gates Dam, its hydro-electric plant and tunnels through the range.

“The larger Hells Gate Dam would provide water for North Queensland producers.

“Townsville plays a crucial role in the LNP’s plans to drought-proof this state.

“A new government-owned corporation The Queensland Dam Company will be created in Townsville to support the project’s implementation and it will bring new public service roles to the city.

“The New Bradfield Scheme will help water flow through Queensland’s outback and the jobs will come with it.

“This will be North Queensland’s version of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

“Queenslanders are crying out for leadership but they’re not getting it from Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“Labor is anti-regions, anti-dams, and anti-jobs.

“Only the LNP has a plan to get Queensland working.

“A vote for the LNP is a vote for jobs, infrastructure and water security.

“I want to get things done, we can’t waste another four years.”

  • The New Bradfield Scheme would almost double the height of the proposed Hell’s Gate Dam in North Queensland to over 120m, drawing water from the South Johnstone, Tully, Herbert and Burdekin rivers into a lake potentially twice the size of the Burdekin Falls Dam.
  • While the original Bradfield Scheme required expensive pumping to transfer water over the range, the New Bradfield Scheme would use gravity to feed water from the Hell’s Gate Dam through tunnels beneath the range.
  • The water would be used to irrigate around 80,000 square kilometres of rich blacksoil plains to the south and west of Hughenden – an area substantially larger than Tasmania.
  • Instead of draining into Lake Eyre – as John Bradfield proposed – the New Bradfield Scheme would divert water into the Warrego River and the northern basin of the Murray-Darling System, where it will be reserved for use by southern Queensland farmers.
  • Instead of consuming electricity, the New Bradfield Scheme would generate thousands of megawatts of power through a series of hydro-electric plants.

For more information on the LNP’s New Bradfield Scheme visit https://www.deb2020.com.au/newbradfield/

QLD losing infrastructure investment to Southerners

15th November 2019

A new report has found investors are ditching Queensland in droves.

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (attached) found the preference to invest in Queensland infrastructure is half that of New South Wales and Victoria.

LNP Shadow Infrastructure Minister Andrew Powell said the report highlighted Queensland’s low infrastructure investment attractiveness, compared to the two other east coast states.

“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has cut $9 billion from Queensland’s infrastructure budget in a move that has all but destroyed the project pipeline,” Mr Powell said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is spending less of the state’s revenue on infrastructure than any other state in the nation.

“With Queensland having the highest unemployment rate in the country, Annastacia Palaszczuk chooses to have fake fights with Canberra instead of getting on with the job.

“Currently, there are $3.3 billion worth of projects that are not being built or on the backburner because Annastacia Palaszczuk refuses to work with the Federal Government.

“Only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government will put politics aside and work with the Federal Government to deliver a better Bruce Highway, build the Second M1, duplicate the Sunshine Coast rail line and build Mackay Ring Road Stage 2.

“Busting congestion and creating jobs is a key part of the LNP’s economic plan to get Queensland working.”

Preference to invest in infrastructure

  • NSW – 65%
  • VIC – 63%
  • QLD – 33%

Queensland unemployment stays highest in nation

14th November 2019

Queensland has retained the title of the jobless capital of Australia, according to ABS figures released today.

The state’s unemployment rate remained the same at 6.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in October – with more than 14,000 jobs lost in the last month. (see ABS October table below).

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the jobs crisis in Queensland was a direct result of five years of economic failure by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Queensland is bogged down by the Palaszczuk Labor Government and people are paying the price with their jobs,” Mr Mander said.

“Labor has smashed Queenslanders with nine new and increased taxes in the last two years – taxes which are toxic for jobs and growth.

“There are 177,400 Queenslanders out of work while the only jobs Labor MPs care about are their own.

“Today’s result could have been even worse, with the participation rate falling in a sign that people are giving up looking for work under Labor.

“The gap between Queensland and the rest of the pack is also widening with South Australia pulling away at 6.2 per cent unemployment.

“The worst unemployment rate in the nation, higher taxes, more debt and less infrastructure will be Annastacia Palaszczuk’s legacy.

“Only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government will get Queensland working again and create the jobs the state is crying out for.

“The LNP will create jobs and improve job security by building better roads and new dams, delivering cheaper electricity prices and guaranteeing no new taxes.”

Business says Qld economy worse than in GFC

11th November 2019

Palaszczuk Labor Government savaged in latest CCIQ member survey

A new survey has claimed Queensland’s business conditions are now worse than they were in the Global Financial Crisis – and business leaders say Annastacia Palaszczuk is to blame.

The CCIQ business conditions index slumped by 6.4 points in the September quarter to 39.9 points, the lowest score ever recorded since the index began in 2007.

Confidence in the state’s economic outlook also tumbled by 7.2 points to just 36.4 points – the lowest score since Queensland’s economy was rocked by the GFC in March 2009.

Responses to the survey were scathing over the impact of Labor’s infrastructure cuts, new taxes and red-tape, as well as its campaigns against the Adani and New Hope resource companies.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the survey was further proof that the Palaszczuk Labor Government is destroying jobs across the state.

“Queensland’s business people have delivered a devastating verdict on the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Mr Mander said.

“They have had enough of Labor’s nine new taxes, red-tape and cuts to infrastructure.

“Queensland already has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and business fears the economy will only get worse under Annastacia Palaszczuk.”

The report also found:

  • Over two-thirds of businesses (70%) suffered falling or static revenue over the quarter.
  • Almost half of businesses (49%) saw profits fall over the quarter.
  • Almost half of businesses (48%) plan to shut early on Christmas Eve because of Labor’s decision to introduce a half-day public holiday.

The report states that the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s dire performance was ‘a key thematic that emerged in the September quarter survey’.

“The views of business people matter because they are the ones who create jobs,” Mr Mander said.

“Businesses know Labor is only working for itself instead of working for Queensland.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP has a plan to create jobs and we’re taking that plan to the next election.

“The LNP will create jobs by building new roads and dams, cutting electricity bills and giving Queenslanders a no-new-taxes guarantee.”

Missing FIFO review another broken Labor promise

11th November 2019

The LNP has called on Labor to begin the review of the state’s fly-in fly-out (FIFO) regulations that it promised in Parliament more than two years ago.

Labor’s Minister for Mining told Parliament a review would be conducted during the debate on the Strong and Sustainable Resource Communities Bill in August 2017*.

Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said the delayed review was yet another example of the Palaszczuk Labor Government failing mining communities and the regions.

“I recently visited Queensland’s North-West and in communities like Mount Isa the impact of FIFO workforces on communities and jobs is the number one issue,” Ms Frecklington said.

“This issue is being buried by Labor because they put the interests of big mining companies before mining communities.

“A promise from Labor is worthless.

“Labor is the only the party that has ever approved a 100 per cent FIFO project, when Anna Bligh signed off BMA’s Caval Ridge and Daunia mines in 2011.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk was part of Anna Bligh’s Cabinet then and she is still failing Queensland’s mining communities today.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Mining Dale Last said it was time for Labor to deliver the FIFO review and implement the common-sense LNP amendments that Annastacia Palaszczuk rejected in 2017**.

“The LNP wants to end 100 per cent FIFO workforces in the construction stage of large resource projects and instead provide jobs for local communities,” Mr Last said.

“The LNP is listening to communities and will guarantee they have a voice in social impact statements for large projects.

“Only the LNP understands the importance of building genuine partnerships between regional communities and the resources industry – partnerships that ensure the growth and jobs that flow from mining benefit local people.”

* Hansard, page 2524: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2017/2017_08_24_WEEKLY.pdf
** Hansard, page 2499: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2017/2017_08_24_WEEKLY.pdf