Media | State News

State News - May 2019

Finally, some light at the end of tunnel for Galilee Basin

31st May 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today welcomed the long awaited approval of Adani’s Black Throated Finch Management Plan after years of delay and obfuscation by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s bitterly divided government has done all it can to stop new mines and destroy jobs in the resources industry but I am glad common sense is prevailing in this case,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Adani has cleared every major environmental hurdle for the past eight years and finally there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

“Make no mistake, this is bigger than just the Adani project, the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s anti-regions, anti-jobs and anti-resources agenda will continue to hurt Queensland.

“We want a thriving resources industry to create jobs but the only job Annastacia Palaszczuk cares about is her own.

“Her government is in crisis, her leadership is in tatters and she can’t be trusted to create jobs.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dale Last said the Palaszczuk Labor Government is full of lies, delays and excuses.

“The wall-to-wall Labor MP’s in North Queensland have been missing in action and Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t have a plan for Queensland,” Mr Last said.

“We have one of the worst unemployment rates in the country and she’s done absolutely nothing about it.

“Today’s decision is a positive step forward but it should have been done a long time ago.”

Jobs at risk as building approvals tumble under Labor

30th May 2019

Queensland’s building and construction industry is coming to a standstill under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander warned today.

Mr Mander said Australian Bureau of Statistics data for April showed building approvals in Queensland had now fallen for 15 consecutive months*.

"Fewer building approvals means fewer jobs for Queenslanders,” Mr Mander said.

“From January last year, the value of building projects has plummeted by $364 million under Labor.

“Less construction work costs the livelihoods of people who depend on the industry.

"Thanks to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s waste tax and new taxes on homeowners, we can expect this to only get worse.

“Labor doesn’t have a plan for Queensland’s building and construction industry.

“Workers in the building and construction industry continue to be ripped off under the Palaszczuk Labor Government and that’s why the LNP will call a Commission of Inquiry into Queensland’s building industry, if elected in October 2020.

“Businesses have entirely lost confidence in this high taxing and anti-jobs Labor Government.

“Businesses need certainty to invest and employ in Queensland, but all they can be sure of under the Palaszczuk Labor Government is paying more tax.

“You can’t tax your way to growth, it’s as simple as that.”

*https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/8731.0Apr%202019?OpenDocument

ABS Building approvals data Snapshot for April:

  • Trend total number of dwelling units fell for the 15th consecutive month (every month since January 2018)
  • Total number of dwelling units have fallen to their lowest level for Queensland in over six years (August 2012).
  • The value of building jobs has fallen by $364 million since January 2018.

Combined with construction stats, the picture is grim:

  • In both trend and seasonally adjusted terms, the March 2019 quarter for value of construction work done was the lowest since December 2006.
  • Compared to the peak quarter of December 2013, trend quarterly construction work done has fallen by 44 per cent (a fall of $7.5 billion)

Heat on Palaszczuk in solar farm farce

30th May 2019

Annastacia Palaszczuk and her incompetent Minister Grace Grace have egg on their face today.

A ruling by the Supreme Court late yesterday found the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s rushed solar regulations were invalid.

In an embarrassing blow for the Premier, the Supreme Court heard the matter and made their decision in just one day.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Labor’s botched solar panel plan was nothing more than a union stitch-up that would have cost jobs and driven up power bills.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk should be encouraging renewable investment, not slapping it with massive cost hikes,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Grace Grace needs to start listening to organisations like the Clean Energy Council and Master Electricians and back renewable energy generation.

“These are important projects that reduce electricity bills and create jobs.

“Labor should start governing for Queenslanders not the union bosses.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Energy Michael Hart said the law must have been clear for such a quick decision by the Supreme Court.

“This is another major embarrassment for the Palaszczuk Labor Government and you have to wonder how they could get this so wrong especially after the Minister said they took crown law advice before the regulation was implemented,” Mr Hart said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch and her Ministers are overseeing failure after failure.

“The Premier and her Ministers have become so arrogant, they refuse to listen or properly consult.

“Only the LNP is committed to reducing power bills and easing cost of living pressures.

“This is yet another example that Queenslanders can’t afford Labor.”

Labor’s jobs ‘taxaggedon’ coming for Queensland small businesses

30th May 2019

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s plans for a budget taxaggedon on Queensland jobs are being finalised and small businesses may again be in the firing line.

LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson has called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to rule out yet another small business tax grab in the upcoming budget to pay for Jackie Trad’s budget black hole.

“Last year Annastacia Palaszczuk’s hand-picked Under Treasurer confessed that Labor was looking at changing payroll taxes,*” Ms Simpson said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad have both refused to rule out slugging Queensland small businesses with higher payroll taxes.

“Queensland small businesses are already buckling under Labor’s anti-jobs agenda and another new tax from Annastacia Palaszczuk will destroy thousands of jobs.

“In the past financial year 1,787 Queensland businesses who each employed between 5 to 19 staff went under.**

“Labor’s anti-jobs and high-tax agenda is forcing over 30 small businesses employing 5 to 19 staff to close their doors each week.

“When Labor run out of money, they come after yours.

“It’s no wonder why small business rank the Palaszczuk Labor Government as the worst in the nation and Queensland has one of the highest unemployment rates.

“If elected, a future LNP Frecklington Government has already guaranteed no new taxes for Queensland.

“Only under an LNP Government will give small businesses the renewed confidence to invest in Queensland and create more jobs and increase wages.

“When it comes to your money, you can’t trust Annastacia Palaszczuk.”

*source: Page 68 Hansard 15 February 2018,

https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2018/2018_02_15_WEEKLY.pdf

**source: Regional Statistics, ASGS 2016, 2011-2018, Annual 2011 to 2018

Labor holds resources industry to ransom with new tax

30th May 2019

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has dealt another blow to Queensland jobs and the resources industry by slugging mining companies with a new tax.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said increasing taxes on resources companies was Annastacia Palaszczuk’s way of silently killing off new coal mines.

“Make no mistake, this is tax number six under Annastacia Palaszczuk and it proves she is anti-jobs, anti-resources and anti-regions,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Queenslanders won’t be fooled by Jackie Trad, who today told the resources industry that her new mining tax was voluntary, but if they didn’t pay it, Labor will raise mining royalties anyway.

“This new tax will put even more pressure on the resources industry and will cost jobs.

“Queensland Labor is already getting an extra $1 billion dollar from coal royalties. They should be investing more of that into infrastructure.

“The new levy is to hide the fact Labor is squandering the existing royalties.

“When Labor run out of money, they come after yours.

“Jackie Trad is selling out the jobs of Queenslanders to save her own job.

“Regional Queenslanders want more jobs and greater job security, but this tax hit undermines the future of many regional communities.

“This tax will slowly kill our mines and the livelihoods of regional Queenslanders who depend on them.

“These mining companies are already bound by community service obligations and this is quite simply double dipping.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Dale Last said the new tax jeopardised Queensland coal exports and jobs.

“Queensland must remain globally competitive if we want to see continued investment and jobs created.

“Regional Queensland should be getting our fair share of royalties – but we aren’t under Labor.

“Labor need to start listening to regional Queenslanders and treat these people with respect instead of taxing them out of existence.

“Instead, the Palaszczuk Labor Government is hell-bent on destroying the resources industry and regional jobs.”

 

Labor must secure new National Partnership Agreement

27th May 2019

Shadow Minister for Housing Michael Hart has urged the Palaszczuk Labor Government to negotiate a new National Partnership Agreement on Remote and Indigenous Housing with the Coalition Government.

Mr Hart said the previous agreement expired almost a year ago and it was time for Annastacia Palaszczuk to get on with the job.

"A new agreement would address a pressing housing issue for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities," Mr Hart said.

"Before the election, the Coalition Government had a funding offer on the table but the Palaszczuk Labor Government has continued to play silly political games.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government have repeatedly lied to indigenous communities about their own funding commitment.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to prioritise the critical housing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote communities.

"We've already seen an allocation of $550 million for Indigenous Housing thanks to a new National Agreement between the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory State Government.

"The Palaszczuk Labor Government's inability to work with the Coalition Government shows how arrogant and out of touch they are."

Mr Hart said the Coalition Government had offered to provide a payment of $105 million to bypass the Palaszczuk Labor Government and give funding directly to local councils.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk snubbed numerous Commonwealth offers on a genuine housing partnership, so now the Coalition Government is dealing directly with the councils to deliver housing,” Mr Hart said.

"The Palaszczuk Labor Government's inaction when it comes to addressing over-crowding and homelessness in remote indigenous communities is shameful.

“This is another clear example of Labor stalling to make decisions in the lead-up to the federal election.

"I am urgently calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk to re-visit the funding arrangements with the Coalition Government and negotiate in good faith."

Slap on the wrist for animal extremists under soft Labor laws

23rd May 2019

Animal extremists will continue to get away with their standover tactics, thanks to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s weak laws.

Eight activists who were arrested during two separate protests in Queensland last month, were today fined between $400-$600 in a Brisbane court, after pleading guilty to trespass – with no conviction recorded.

Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dale Last said it sends the wrong message.

“A fine of a couple of hundred bucks won’t deter these ratbags from doing it again,” Mr Last said.

“If Annastacia Palaszczuk was serious, she would immediately back the LNP’s plan for new offences and tougher penalties.

“Hard working and law-abiding Queensland famers don’t deserve this kind of treatment.

“These are family businesses that put food on our table and create local jobs in regional Queensland.

“We must send a strong message, but once again Annastacia Palaszczuk refuses to listen to regional Queenslanders.

“Make no mistake, only the LNP will protect regional jobs and stand up for regional communities.

“The LNP have recently introduced three new criminal offences centered around trespass and industrial sabotage and Labor need to back our plan. *

“Whether you’re an individual, a group, a union or an organisation, you will face severe punishments for industrial sabotage under the LNP.

“Mining activists will also face the full force of the law under our strong and detailed plan.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch and regional Queenslanders are sick of being snubbed by her anti-regions agenda.”

*Current Trespass laws
• General Trespass - Maximum penalty—20 penalty units ($2,600) or 1 year’s imprisonment.
• Trespass on farmland: Maximum penalty—10 penalty units ($1,300) or 6 months imprisonment.


Labor Trespass fines (biosecurity regulations):
• On the spot fines of $652.75 – no imprisonment.


LNP Trespass:
• Aggravated trespass: maximum of 3 years imprisonment or a maximum fine of 100 penalty units ($13,055)
• Serious Criminal Trespass: maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment or a maximum fine of 3000 penalty units ($391,650)
• Organised Trespass: maximum fine of 10 years imprisonment or 3000 penalty units ($391,650)

 

LNP Pledge – No New Taxes and No Royalty increases

23rd May 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today announced a government she leads will not raise royalties for our resources industry and called on Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad to match her pledge in this year’s state budget.

“Queenslanders want secure jobs, they want cost of living relief and we need a government that doesn’t constantly keep digging into Queenslanders pockets and businesses,” Ms Frecklington said.

“I have already pledge no new taxes and today I go a step further and announce an LNP Government will not raise mining royalties in our first term in office.

“Raising mining royalties is effectively another tax on the regions.

“Increasing royalties is a way to silently kill coal mines, costing thousands of jobs.

“Increasing royalties would jeopardise Queensland coal exports and jobs.

“Given China Stone’s announcement this morning, more than ever the resources industry needs certainty. Only the LNP has a plan to open up the Galilee Basin.

“We all know Labor’s anti-jobs, anti-regions and high-taxing agenda is ripping Queensland apart. Only the LNP has a plan to stop it.

“If Annastacia Palaszczuk really cared about the resources industry, she would support my call and rule out any royalty increases in this year’s state budget.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Mines Dale Last said it is time for Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad to stand up and put Queenslanders first.

“Labor is bitterly divided - and it’s dividing the state in the process and destroying jobs,” Mr Last said.

“$2.2 billion has been ripped from the economy thanks to Labor’s five new taxes and we fear Annastacia Palaszczuk’s addiction to tax, which is costing small businesses and destroying jobs will soon hit the mining sector.

“It is time Annastacia Palaszczuk started listening to the regions.”

Premier: Don’t blame me, blame my Government

20th May 2019

Annastacia Palaszczuk has failed the test of leadership – again – by delaying a decision on the Carmichael coal project, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.

Ms Frecklington said it was extraordinary that the Premier had blamed her own Labor Government for delaying the project.

“The Premier has responded by doing the only thing she is good at – blaming everyone else,” Ms Frecklington said.

“But this time, no-one believes Annastacia Palaszczuk’s pathetic excuses.

“The only people who have delayed the Adani project are Annastacia Palaszczuk and her job-destroying Ministers.

“They have cynically moved the goalposts for this project time and time again.

“Even now, Annastacia Palaszczuk still lacks the backbone to make a decision.

“She has flick-passed the responsibility to the Coordinator-General – who has already been involved in the approval process for this project since 2010.

“There is still no deadline for a decision on this project after nine long years.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has shown again that she is anti-jobs, anti-resources and anti-regions.”

Premier panics while kids rot in watch houses

17th May 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has said it is clear Annastacia Palaszczuk has no plan to fix Labor's watch house crisis following today’s announcement.

“Queenslanders don't want more talkfests or departments, they want real action to fix the watch house crisis,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has failed the test of leadership once again.

“Moving bureaucrats between departments won't solve the watch house crisis – we need to move the kids out today.

“Labor have ignored the advice of experts, rejected the LNP's common-sense solutions and blocked our attempt to put a 72-hour limit on watch house detention.

“We need a Royal Commission into Labor's child cruelty crisis and action to get these kids out of watch houses now.”

LNP Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said Labor's response was breathtakingly inept.

“Rather than more staff at 1 William Street, we need more frontline staff in our youth detention centres,” Mr Janetzki said.

“There is still no date for when these kids will be removed from watch house hell-holes.

“It's clear Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn't have a plan.”

TAFE Queensland going bankrupt under Labor

16th May 2019

Explosive findings* from the Queensland Audit Office have revealed TAFE Queensland’s ‘financial performance is at risk because of declining student numbers’.

LNP Shadow Minister for Training and Skills Development Fiona Simpson slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for their mismanagement of Queensland TAFE and leading the institution onto the road of insolvency.

“Under Annastacia Palaszczuk, TAFE Queensland has spent millions on international travel, commonwealth games tickets and hospitality expenses,” Ms Simpson said.

“Instead of training our next generation of Queenslanders, Labor are using TAFE funds to splurge on focus groups and golden handshakes for ex-CEOs.

“Apprenticeship and training completion rates have dropped by nearly 40 per cent across four years under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

"Desperate intervention is needed to get TAFE Queensland back to basics and end the training crisis.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk also recently refused $245 million in desperately-needed vocational training funding from the Federal Government under a new national partnership.

“That $245 million of vocational training funds could have been used to help young Queenslanders make a start in their careers.”

Background:

  • TAFE spent $390,000 on a golden handshake for the ex-CEO that was reported to have resigned
  • TAFE spent more than $100,000 on ‘brand research’
  • TAFE spent $230,641 on undisclosed Commonwealth Games tickets
  • TAFE’s hospitality expenses have doubled in the last three years
  • In the last three years TAFE has spent over $2 million on international travel

*Queensland audit office report: https://www.qao.qld.gov.au/reports-parliament/education-2017-18-results-financial-audits

 

Long list of Labor fails puts Queensland behind the rest

16th May 2019

The LNP has revealed shocking examples of Labor’s economic mismanagement, ahead of next month’s state budget.

Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander moved a motion in Parliament today condemning the Palaszczuk Labor Government for their waste, tax obsession and wrong priorities.

Mr Mander said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s record is appalling and they don’t have a plan to fix it.

“Queensland’s unemployment rate is the second worst in the country, wages aren’t going up and the cost of living has sky-rocketed all because of Labor,” Mr Mander said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch and she’s completely lost support from the business sector as well.

“The Sensis Business Index puts the Palaszczuk Labor Government as the least popular among small to medium business owners.

“Queensland has also become the strike-capital of Australia, while 18 thousand jobs have been stripped from the manufacturing sector.

“The list of Labor fails goes on and on.

“$2.2 billion has been ripped from the economy, thanks to Labor’s five new taxes.

“Treasurer Jackie Trad is clueless with balancing the books and couldn’t even forecast a $1.3 billion-dollar budget blunder.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government can’t be trusted to fix the economy, create jobs, improve the health system or bust congestion.

“Tonight the LNP called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to put petty politics aside in the forthcoming budget and adopt our plans which will get Queensland on the right path.

“Jackie Trad must guarantee no new taxes and fix Labor’s transport crisis.

“Labor must fund a second M1, upgrade the Bruce Highway, commit to the Sunshine Coast rail line duplication and deliver the Mackay Ring Road stage 2.

“We also believe our kids deserve the best learning environment possible and Labor should air-condition every state school classroom.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong and Queenslanders are far worse off, since she became Premier.

“Only the LNP has a plan to make Queensland an economic powerhouse by creating jobs, investing in infrastructure projects, busting congestion, funding more hospital beds and ensuring no new taxes.

“Queenslanders are sick of suffering a hit to the hip pocket and the LNP is committed to putting an end to Labor’s shocking habit of wasting taxpayers’ money.”

LNP plan to get kids out of watch houses in three days

15th May 2019

Young offenders will be moved out of watch houses within 72 hours and placed in appropriate accommodation under an LNP proposal to be introduced to Parliament this week.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s barbaric practice of keeping kids in watch-houses indefinitely must end.

“Right now kids are being held for up to 40 days in watch houses across the state,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Juveniles must be held accountable for their crimes, but they belong in dedicated facilities instead of maximum-security police watch-houses designed for adults only.

“The LNP’s proposal will close a loophole in legislation exposed by the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s appalling watch-house fail.

“There is currently a time limit an adult can be placed in a watch house for, but it defies belief that our laws protect adult offenders but not children.

“Our proposal will get kids out of watch-houses in three days and Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to back it.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed today 75 kids were currently being held in police watch-houses, yet Labor are only building an additional 48 youth detention beds.”

LNP Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said the time limit an adult can be placed in a watch house was 21 days.

“The LNP has a plan to get kids out of watch houses in three days,” Mr Janetzki said.

“Three days would allow an alleged youth offender arrested on a Friday night to be held over the weekend until they were taken to court on the Monday.

“The LNP is seeking to amend section 50 of the Youth Justice Act 1992 by inserting a 72-hour time limitation for an arrested child held in custody.

“Every day Annastacia Palaszczuk refuses to act is another day Queensland kids endure the horrors inside police watch house cells designed for adults only.”

Parliament will vote on whether to debate the amendment to insert a 72-hour time limitation for an arrested child held in custody tomorrow.

 

Heat on Labor in solar farm farce

15th May 2019

Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works Michael Hart has moved a disallowance motion today, on new regulations requiring electricians to install solar panels with a total capacity of at least 100kW.

Mr. Hart said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s regulations are flawed.

“This is just another thought-bubble from Annastacia Palaszczuk and her embattled Minister Grace Grace,” he said.

“Today, the LNP moved to stop Labor driving up the cost of renewable energy generation.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s plan will hurt investment, reduce jobs and drive up electricity bills.

“We are all about safety, but these new regulations are just another unnecessary cost for Queenslanders.

“It’s anticipated prices will soar up to 20% to build the average solar farm.

“The Clean Energy Council has already said lifting, mounting and fixing unplugged solar panels, which were fully insulated and extra low voltage, are safe to handle.

“Master Electricians Australia also strongly oppose the regulation.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch.

“She has already slugged Queenslanders five new taxes, the cost of living has sky-rocketed, petrol prices are at record highs and now it will cost more to build solar farms.

“The financial consequences will hit contractors, clients and local communities hard.

“Queenslanders deserve better.”

Palaszczuk’s police watch-house scandal

13th May 2019

The crisis in the youth justice system under Annastacia Palaszczuk has been exposed by an ABC investigation into harrowing cases of children as young as 10 held in maximum security watch-houses designed for adults only.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said a trove of more than 500 files laid bare traumatic stories of children held for weeks on end and distressing incidents, including cases of self-harm and a young female placed in a pod with two alleged male sex offenders.

“This scandal is a direct consequence of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s failure to plan for enough youth detention beds while simultaneously adopting a policy to move 17-year-olds out of adult prisons,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Juveniles must be held accountable for their crimes, but they belong in dedicated facilities instead of police watch-houses.

“We warned Annastacia Palaszczuk she risked a disaster by putting kids in watch-houses, but she didn’t listen and today she stands condemned.

“I suspect we will see distressing scenes on Four Corners tonight and all of Australia will witness the breathtaking incompetence of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor Government.

“I’ll be very interested to know which Palaszczuk Labor Government Ministers have been caught up in this scandal.

“Children jammed in police watch-houses isn’t a ‘transition’ – it’s a train wreck.”

Ms Frecklington said the disastrous effects of Labor’s latest jail fail has seen the police overtime budget triple in the last year while they deal with juvenile criminals as well.

“I feel so sorry for our hard-working police officers. This is a law and order policy failure that doesn’t help rehabilitate youth offenders and puts police at breaking point,” she said.

“Police Minister Mark Ryan previously denied 10-year-olds were in police watch-houses, so he has either been caught out in a lie or is incompetent and unaware of crucial issues in his portfolio.

“I, like many Queenslanders, will watch tonight with interest.”

Labor must deliver on regional maternity services

13th May 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed moves to restore maternity services at Weipa Hospital but warned there was still a long way to go following an era of neglect and cuts under Labor.

“As someone who was born in a regional hospital, I understand how crucial these services are to families,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The work to reopen Weipa was undertaken by the LNP so it’s disappointing it has taken Labor four years to hand in the LNP’s homework.

“Hopes are now high for mums in Weipa, but they will be crushed if Labor fails to follow through on a birthing facility for the hospital.

“I believe every woman – everywhere - has the right to safe maternity care.

“Since 2001, Labor has closed 26 rural maternity units.

“We’ve heard heartbreaking stories of expecting mums handed DIY birthing kits because maternity services are critically insufficient in the bush under Labor.

“Labor’s priorities are all wrong – they were fixated on renaming hospitals when they should have been focused on ensuring mums can give birth safely.

“The LNP restored regional maternity services in government because Queenslanders deserve world-class health services no matter where they live.

“In government, the LNP reopened maternity services in Cooktown.

“I will continue to fight to ensure regional health services are restored and we bridge the divide between the city and the bush.”

LNP take action to protect Queenslanders from extremists

9th May 2019

The LNP are serious when it comes to protecting hard-working farming families from radical animal extremists.

Labor’s ‘soft on crime’ approach to protecting our farming families and other lawful businesses from these extremists has failed to address the rising tide of criminal activity.

It is simply unacceptable that extremists are invading farms where families live and work without any real consequence.

That’s why the LNP introduced three tough new trespass laws into Parliament last week to ensure Queensland has the most comprehensive trespass laws in the country.

Just like industry and the community has asked, these laws are designed to protect all Queenslanders and their businesses, not just farmers.

Our laws not only deal with those that do the terrorising, they go after the organisations and ringleaders - an important component to stamping this activity out that has failed to be addressed.

The LNP want to make it very clear – it’s ok to protest and have different opinions, but if you choose to trespass and terrorise our hard-working farmers or choose to block a coal rail line then you can expect to be whacked with the consequences.

It’s that simple.

Only the LNP is serious about protecting Queenslanders from unlawful extremists who do not represent the values of our great state.

The silence to date from Labor to our pragmatic and practical bolstering of the state’s trespass laws has been concerning, but the LNP is ready to work with the government to protect Queensland farmers.

It’s time for the Palaszczuk Labor Government to get on-board and support our tough new trespass laws.

LNP’s trespass laws:

  • Aggravated trespass with a maximum penalty of $13,055 fine or 3 years imprisonment;
  • Serious Criminal Trespass with a maximum penalty $391,650 or 10 years imprisonment; and
  • Organised Trespass which has a maximum penalty of $391,650 or 10 years imprisonment.

Dale Last
LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and North Queensland

Labor must back LNP laws after armed carjacking

8th May 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today called on the Palaszczuk Government to back the Opposition’s gun-crime legislation following the armed carjacking of a man and his three children on Monday night in Ascot, Brisbane.

“This brazen gun-point carjacking reinforces the need to introduce the LNP’s tough new laws to bust gun crime in Queensland,” Ms Frecklington.

“Queensland is witnessing a crimewave under the Palaszczuk Labor Government and it needs tougher, urgent measures to end gun violence.

“The LNP’s proposed crackdown on gun violence is before Parliament right now.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to support the LNP’s laws.

“Queenslanders should not live in fear amid a surge in organised criminal gangs, bikie shootouts in broad daylight and carjackings at gunpoint.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Police and Corrective Services Trevor Watts said police needed tougher laws to protect the community.

“This carjacking was terrifying news for all Queenslanders and is a symptom of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s soft on crime approach,” Mr Watts said.

“The LNP will introduce tough new gun laws which will capture a range of offences and put community safety first.

“The maximum penalty for carrying a gun in a public place is two years, but the LNP would increase this to 10 years.

“Our hard-working police need tougher powers to crackdown on these criminals.”

De Brenni botches building process

7th May 2019

Embattled Housing Minister Mick De Brenni has once again shown he’s not up to the task, as another major blunder rocks his portfolio.

Tens of thousands of Queenslanders are facing the prospect of paying around $4000, to prove their unit or townhouse doesn’t have combustible cladding.

If the cladding is in the home, then the owner is facing $60,000 in repair work.
Shadow Minister for Housing and Public Works Michael Hart said it’s been a floored process with no consultation.

“I am all about safety and combustible cladding must be eliminated,” Mr Hart said today.

“We don’t want to see the tragic events of Grenfell from two years ago, here in Queensland.

“The main issue though, is the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s failure to talk to the people this will impact.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mick De Brenni can’t manage serious issues like this one.

“Thousands of Queenslanders are being left in limbo and their household budgets could soon cop a nasty whack, all because Labor has stuffed-up a straight forward process.

“Some buildings have been forced to move to Part 2 of the process, costing $3000 each, after missing Part 1 of the deadline or having issues understanding the poorly worded information website.

“At the very least, I’m calling on Mick De Brenni to pause the process to give people more time to complete part 1 and fix the ambiguity in the online form.

“The Minister needs to give more time to these home owners.

“This is a complex issue that needs explaining and significant consultation.

“Safety is absolutely paramount.

“But the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s typical mismanagement and lack of consultation is unacceptable.

“Queenslanders deserve better, especially those who are facing massive bills to ensure their unit is safe.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk must flick Mick, he’s out of his depth.”

 

Labor still failing Queensland’s small and medium businesses

7th May 2019

Support for the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s policies has slumped yet again in the latest quarterly Sensis survey of small and medium businesses.

The Palaszczuk Labor Government was already rated the least business-friendly in Australia by Sensis, but its rating fell another four points in the December quarter to a shocking -23 points.

LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Queenslanders have lost all faith in the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s ability to manage the economy and support small and medium businesses.

“This is now the 5th consecutive quarter that the Palaszczuk Labor Government has been the rated the least business-friendly government in Australia,” Mr Mander said.

“Small and medium sized businesses think the Palaszczuk Labor Government is the worst in Australia by a huge margin.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has lost control of the economy and small and medium businesses are suffering as a result.

“In the last year alone, Labor has smashed Queenslanders with five new taxes and business confidence is at rock bottom.

“Vital infrastructure projects are being held up by Labor as they delay signing off or demand more cash.

“Unemployment is rising and 162,000 Queenslanders are out-of-work thanks to Labor’s economic mismanagement and inability to govern.

“And with a negative outlook on employment by small business, finding a job is set to become even harder for struggling Queenslanders.”

Mr Mander said the Palaszczuk Labor Government should be keeping up with the Federal Government’s Sensis rating in Queensland, which is positive and rising.

“Labor’s refusal to work with the Federal Government has had disastrous consequences for small and medium businesses across Queensland,” Mr Mander said.

“Queensland used to be Australia’s economic powerhouse, but under Labor all we’re seeing is more tax, higher debt and increased unemployment.

“Only the LNP will ensure small businesses have the support they need to create jobs across Queensland.”

More Labor interference with Carmichael coal mine

7th May 2019

Friday, 3rd May 2019The Palaszczuk Labor Government has once again moved the goal posts for Adani’s Carmichael coal mine in North Queensland.

Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dale Last today said Labor is deeply divided and it’s time to give Adani a fair go.

“When it comes to this project and supporting jobs in North Queensland, you can’t trust Labor,” Mr. Last said.

“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong.

“More than nine thousand job seekers in Townsville deserve so much better.

“This is more blatant political interference from the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“North Queensland workers are being pushed aside, for the black-throated finch.

“For the past eight years Adani have jumped through every environmental hurdle.

“It is clear more than ever, Annastacia Palaszczuk and her green Treasurer Jackie Trad are anti-jobs and anti-North Queensland.

“The state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

“Residents up here are sick of Labor’s lies, excuses and delays.

“This out of touch Palaszczuk Labor Government should listen to the independent scientific advice from the CSIRO.

“It’s no wonder North Queenslanders feel like second-class citizens.”

Confidence shattered under Labor’s tax obsession

7th May 2019

The Palaszczuk Labor Government continues to crush business confidence in Queensland.

The latest survey from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) spells disaster for the state’s economy under Labor.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said today’s quarterly pulse survey shows confidence in Queensland’s economy slumped 3.3 points in the March 2019 quarter, compared to 12 months earlier.

“This is an alarming report which also showed business conditions and profitability are in freefall,” Mr. Mander said.

“This is more proof our economy is flatlining at a time when Queensland desperately needs more jobs.

“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has lost control of the economy and the small business community have lost confidence in Labor.

“It’s a sad state of affairs in Queensland right now and the Premier has no economic plan.

“43% of respondents are expecting a weaker Queensland economy, while only 13% believe it will strengthen.

“Alarmingly, 51% of Queensland businesses reported declining profitability over the March quarter.

“No wonder we have the second highest unemployment rate in the nation under Labor.

“Business confidence is down, business conditions are deteriorating, and the economic outlook continues to worsen under Labor.

“162,000 Queenslanders are out of job and their hopes of finding work are fading under this economically incompetent Premier and her ultra-left Treasurer Jackie Trad.

“This year Queensland has been slugged with five new taxes and Labor has slashed vital infrastructure spending since 2015.

“Only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government will implement our Economic Plan to build job-creating infrastructure, rule out new taxes and support small business.”

LNP’s tough child killer laws rejected by Labor

2nd May 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for rejecting the LNP’s tough new laws for child killers.

Ms Frecklington said The Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Mason Jett Lee) Amendment Bill 2019 would have strengthened the homicide framework in Queensland and protected vulnerable children.

“Killing a child is a reprehensible, despicable act and the LNP’s Mason Jett Lee laws would have delivered real justice for victims and devastated families,” Ms Frecklington said.

“My heart breaks thinking about the children who are harmed or murdered by evil cowards.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s new laws fall well short of what’s required to deliver punishments to child killers that meet community expectations.

“Labor’s laws merely tinker at the edges of a system that is tipped too heavily in favour of offenders.

“The current system will continue to fail our precious children.

“The community demands meaningful action to protect vulnerable children but Labor’s laws won’t deliver the justice victims deserve.”

LNP Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said he was deeply disappointed by Labor’s decision to vote against the LNP’s Bill and vowed to take the issue to the people of Queensland at the 2020 election.

“Children can’t fight back against an adult – which is why it’s our responsibility to protect them,” Mr Janetzki said.

“The LNP’s laws would have introduced a new offence of child homicide, with a mandatory 15-year jail penalty.

“The LNP’s laws would have also increased the minimum non-parole period for the murder of a child under 18 from 20 to 25 years.

"Unfortunately, evil cowards who commit these heinous crimes against our precious children will not be punished as the community demands.

“As a father of three young children, I can’t believe Labor played politics with tough child killer laws.”

 

LNP busts gun crime with tough new laws

1st May 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has announced a crackdown on gun crime and called for bi-partisan support for stronger weapon laws to keep the community safe.

Ms Frecklington said tough laws introduced to Parliament by the LNP today would deliver a new offence to cover drive by shootings, increase penalties for gun crime, and disrupt the manufacture of 3D-printed firearms.

“The safety of Queenslanders must be the first priority of government,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Sadly, Queensland currently has some of the weakest gun crime laws in Australia under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Where there should be tough penalties and tight protections, there are weak punishments and glaring holes in Queensland laws.

“The surge in organised criminal gangs and bikie shootouts in broad daylight warrant tougher, practical measures to end gun violence in Queensland.

“The community has a right to feel safe and I call on Annastacia Palaszczuk to put politics aside and support the LNP’s common sense reforms.

“Queensland will be a safer place if our gun crime laws are passed in Parliament.”

LNP Shadow Police Minister Trevor Watts said a key focus of the Private Members Bill was prohibiting high risk offenders from acquiring, possessing or using a firearm.

“Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPO) allow police to prohibit high risk offenders with a history of violence or links with criminal or terrorist organisations from acquiring, possessing or using a gun,” Mr Watts said.

“FPOs have helped mitigate gun crime in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. The LNP’s Bill will deliver Queensland police the valuable crime-preventing measure as well.

“Queenslanders will be safer if we stop criminals from getting their hands on a firearm.”

Mr Watts said there was currently no specific offence in Queensland covering drive by shootings.

“Labor watered down the LNP’s tough laws and cut the police budget, which was an open invitation for bikies to come back to Queensland and bring organised crime with them,” he said.

“The LNP’s laws introduce a new offence directly targeted at drive by shootings because we don’t want innocent Queenslanders caught in the crossfire.

“Under the LNP’s laws, a person who commits a drive by faces up to 16 years in jail.

“We also can’t afford to lag behind technology, which is why our laws target the possession of digital blueprints and devices like 3D printers for the manufacture of firearms.

“Our hard-working police will be empowered with new offences to charge criminals with and increased penalties to keep gun crime offenders behind bars.”

Mr Watts said the LNP’s carefully drafted policy targets criminal activity while respecting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners.

“Under our laws, primary producers and law-abiding firearm owners will still have full access to the weapons required for the management of their properties,” he said.

“In fact we have increased the punishment for stealing a firearm to crack down on gun theft.”

Lady Cilento name change disgracefully upheld by Labor

1st May 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has today condemned the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s decision to enshrine the Lady Cilento name change in law.

“Labor are arrogant and out of touch and Queenslanders will never forget this scandal,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Today Labor delivered their final blow by sticking by their ridiculous decision to rename the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

“This is a shameful dishonouring of a very prominent and well-respected person – Lady Phyllis Cilento.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is prioritising branding issues over patient care and it’s a sick political game.

“Labor’s number one priority for the health system is wasting taxpayers’ money on changing a hospital name in Brisbane.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said the Government’s priorities are all wrong and Steven Miles should be sacked.

“Time and time again, Steven Miles has proven he’s fraud, a phoney, and a failure” Ms Bates said.

“Steven Miles should be focusing on the 28 per cent of kids going to the Lady Cilento emergency department who aren’t seen on time.

“The elective surgery wait time is almost 50% higher than the state-wide average.

“Queensland’s hospitals are suffering because Labor continues to waste taxpayers’ money.

“The Lady Cilento name change will forever be a hallmark of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s health failures.”