Last week's State Budget handed down by Treasurer Jackie Trad was yet another disappointing result for Queenslanders living with a disability.
LNP Shadow Minister for Disability Services Dr Christian Rowan said Labor has once again failed to deliver.
"This year's Budget showed a $319.7 million underspend in 2018-19 administered funding for the NDIS," Dr Rowan said.
"The Palaszczuk Labor Government attempts to blame the Federal Government for the slow transition of participants.
"And now Annastacia Palaszczuk is attempting to hold Queenslanders living with disabilities hostage by only budgeting a contribution to the NDIS of around $1.133 billion in 2019-20 instead of the $2 billion they are currently obliged to pay.
"This is bad budgeting to unilaterally cut hundreds of millions of NDIS funding before actually receiving an agreed change of payment plan with the Federal Government.
"The funding agreement was finalised in the Bilateral Agreement signed between Canberra and the Palaszczuk Government more than three years ago.
"This has not been a surprise.
"The only surprise is how little the Palaszczuk Labor Government has done to support the transition of Queenslanders living with a disability to the NDIS.
"Rather than trying to play accounting trickery in the hopes of striking a new deal, Labor should focus on helping NDIS participants transition to the NDIS."
The LNP is calling on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to release the report into last year's devastating bushfires to ensure communities can be better prepared for the season ahead.
LNP Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Lachlan Millar said Labor Minister Craig Crawford was sitting on the report when it should be released to the public in full*.
"Last year more than a million hectares were destroyed during a fortnight of fires that devastated parts of Queensland unaccustomed to bushfires of that scale," Mr Millar said.
"I share the concerns many Queenslanders hold about land management practices to control fuel loads, how our national parks are managed, and what landholders want to do to protect their property and livestock.
"Instead of keeping the report under lock and key, there must be transparency to guarantee issues raised have been addressed and Queensland is not approaching the 2019 fire season without learning from past mistakes.
"These bushfires devastated entire communities, and they are now being kept in the dark by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
"Labor should release the report today so private landholders, emergency service volunteers and government departments can work together to ensure the devastating bushfires of last year never happen again.
"Labor smothered and voted down the LNP's attempts last year to establish a parliamentary inquiry into the effectiveness of the Queensland Government's bushfire prevention and preparedness activities leading to the 2018 Queensland fires.
"We know the Labor Government has failed to implement a single recommendation from the Queensland Auditor-General's 2015 Bushfire prevention and preparedness report**.
"It's crucial Queensland learns lessons from last year's tragedy to ensure communities are safe.
"Queenslanders deserve a government with a clear plan moving forward to protect communities from bushfires."
*Question on Notice No. 767: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2019/767-2019.pdf
**Follow-up of Bushfire prevention and preparedness (Report 5: 2018–19) http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/Documents/TableOffice/TabledPapers/2018/5618T1579.pdf
New research shows Annastacia Palaszczuk must finally call time on her failed nightlife restrictions, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.
A long-term study by academics from three Queensland universities has conclusively proved that Labor’s laws have not cut violence – but ‘pre-loading’ and drug-taking have increased.
“Labor’s 2016 laws were supposed to cut violence, but they have completely failed,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Instead we have seen people consuming even more alcohol and drugs before they hit the streets.
“The impact of these laws on violence has been non-existent, but many businesses and jobs have been lost as a result.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to admit she has failed and go back to the drawing board.”
Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said the Palaszczuk Labor Government must now release its internal review of the impact of its nightlife restrictions.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk promised that Labor’s own review would be released by the middle of last year,” Mr Janetzki said.
“Twelve months on we are still waiting. Labor loves ordering reviews, but it hates releasing them.
“I suspect Labor’s review will likely stay secret after the damning findings of this independent study.
“We want a safe and vibrant night life that showcases the best of Queensland – not a nanny state that destroys business and tells people how to have a good night out.”
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander has called on Treasurer Jackie Trad to use today’s CEDA address to guarantee Labor’s new LNG tax won’t drive up energy costs for Queenslanders.
“After Jackie Trad blatantly refused to answer the question in Parliament last week, she should come out today and tell Queenslanders the true impacts of her new tax,” Mr Mander said.
“Queensland manufacturers and households are already struggling to cover their energy bills and Labor’s gas royalty hike threatens to drive costs through the roof.
“This dud of a Treasurer shut down debate on the whole issue when we asked her to promise the new LNG tax won’t increase energy costs for Queensland manufacturers, businesses and households. (pg. 2225 of Hansard*)
“Jackie Trad also disgracefully wouldn’t answer the question about whether any modelling was done on the impact of Labor’s new tax on the price of domestic gas. (pg 2224 of Hansard*)
“It’s clear Jackie Trad doesn’t know what she is doing after she conceded Labor’s new LNG tax will apply to all gas producers, including those who support domestic use. She falsely claimed earlier it would only apply to exporters.
“Labor’s new tax is unravelling fast – no modelling, no consultation with industry, no guarantee on energy costs. Labor has no idea.
“Labor’s new LNG tax will cost jobs and increase energy costs. It will harm investment into Queensland and impact our reputation as a resource state.”
Mr Mander said the LNP had delivered a 10-year royalty guarantee for the whole resources industry.
“We want to encourage investment and provide certainty for industry,” Mr Mander said.
“We want to grow the resources industry and create more jobs.”
Labor’s state budget was one of higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and a cut to the Queensland Health infrastructure budget.
While many of our hospitals are at breaking point, Annastacia Palaszczuk has cut the health infrastructure budget by more than $200 million.
It was only a few weeks ago that we saw a code yellow crisis, with cancelled surgeries and chaos across the health system.
At the same time, Labor have continued to rollout the troubled electronic medical record system – another health IT project that has blown out by more than $256 million and is putting patient care at risk.
When it comes to health, Labor’s priorities are all wrong.
Annastacia Palaszczuk promised better local health services at the last state election but services are going backwards.
Emergency departments are overcrowded.
Ambulance ramping has skyrocketed.
Surgery wait times are blowing out.
As a nurse, I feel for the thousands of hard working nurses, doctors, midwives and paramedics who are struggling to cope.
Queenslanders deserve a world class public health system that the Palaszczuk Labor Government isn’t delivering.
LNP Shadow Minister for Health
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today said Labor’s words on reopening regional maternity services better be backed up by action or it is just more empty promises to try and make a problem go away.
“The bush baby crisis is far over following an era of neglect and cuts under Labor,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Since 2001, Labor has closed 26 rural maternity units.
“The LNP has been screaming out for Labor to restore regional health services for years.
“We’ve heard heartbreaking stories and how the impact on maternity service closures in the bush were putting lives at risk.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is big on spin, but terrible on delivery.
“When it comes to world class regional maternity services, you can’t trust Labor.
“There was no mention of when maternity services at Chinchilla or Theodore in the Budget to back up Labor’s words.
“I was born in a regional hospital and I understand how crucial these services are to families.
“The LNP restored regional maternity services in government because Queenslanders deserve world-class health services no matter where they live.
“We also announced that Weipa services would re-open in late 2014 but five years later it still hasn’t happened.
“We need to bridge the divide between the city and the bush and I will hold Labor to account to ensure regional health services are restored.”
The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s dud budget isn’t the only bad news for Queenslanders this week, with new figures today revealing unemployment has gone up.
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Queensland still has one of the worst unemployment rates in the country and is well above the national figure of 5.2%.
“Queensland’s unemployment rate is 6.2% seasonally adjusted, which is Labor’s preferred measure,” Mr Mander said.
“10,500 people have been added to Queensland’s unemployment queue in just one month.
“These latest figures don’t surprise me because Annastacia Palaszczuk has no plan to fix the unemployment crisis.
“You can’t trust Labor to create jobs.
“Currently 168,000 Queenslanders can’t find a job thanks to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s shocking economic mismanagement.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong.
“Under Labor all you get is higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure.
“Treasurer Jackie Trad had a chance to outline her vision for Queensland this week, but she failed miserably.
“Queenslanders have been slugged nine new taxes and tax hikes.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is obsessed with tax and enjoys wasting taxpayers money by inviting Al Gore to lecture us about climate change, renaming our major children’s hospital and overseeing nearly half a billion dollars in ICT project overruns.
“Only the LNP is committed to creating jobs, investing in Queensland, delivering vital infrastructure projects, busting congestion, ending Labor’s rail fail and fixing the hospital crisis.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs.
“More Queenslanders are out of a job because of this incompetent Premier.”
The belated approval of Adani’s groundwater management plan has been welcomed by LNP Leader Deb Frecklington, who today announced her plan to drive the future development of the Galilee Basin.
“Today’s outcome is an enormous win for jobs in regional Queensland,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government betrayed regional communities by fighting against this project for four years.
“Labor’s anti-resources, anti-regions, anti-jobs agenda has held regional communities back for too long.
“The approvals process should have been finalised 18 months ago and each delay destroyed jobs.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel for thousands of regional Queenslanders whose livelihoods depend on unlocking the Galilee Basin.
“Today’s outcome will be a catalyst for our ‘Boost the Basin’ plan, which will create thousands of new jobs across the Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton regions.
“We’ll guarantee that every Queenslander gains from the Galilee Basin through new schools, hospitals and roads across the state.
“I want to thank the workers, families, businesses and community leaders who have stood up for regional Queensland and fought hard for the future of their regions.”
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said $50 billion worth of Galilee Basin projects – which will create 15,000 new jobs – have stalled because of Labor.
“No-one believes this approval shows Labor backs regional Queensland,” Mr Mander said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government was forced to react when their Federal colleagues were wiped out at the election, proving the only jobs they care about are their own.
“What Adani went through wasn’t an approvals process – it was an obstacle course.
“We must restore confidence in the system if we are to create more jobs.
“Instead of holding the resources industry to ransom like Labor, we will deliver a 10-year freeze on mining royalties to boost long-term investment in Queensland.
“The LNP’s plan will create jobs and get our economy back on track.”
LNP Shadow Minister for Mines and North Queensland Dale Last said generating new jobs across Central and North Queensland was crucial for regional communities.
“I have backed this project since day one,” Mr Last said.
“I want to thank regional Queenslanders who lobbied the Labor Government, because this project wouldn’t have got across the line without your support.
“The small businesses and industries that rely on the resources sector deserve confidence their government won’t politicise mining projects.
“The LNP’s ‘Boost the Basin’ plan will also overhaul Labor’s approvals process to ensure it’s not stacked against the resources sector.
“Only the LNP will restore confidence and bring back the investment and jobs that the regions are crying out for.”
The LNP wants Queensland to become the centre of the sporting universe by hosting a future Olympic Games.
During today’s Budget reply speech, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said she wants Queensland on top of the podium.
“Queenslanders love their sport and we’ve produced some remarkable athletes across many disciplines over several decades,” Ms Frecklington said.
“It’s disappointing Treasurer Jackie Trad failed to back a Queensland Olympic Bid in her budget speech.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been missing in action and failed to provide any leadership on this issue.
“The Games would supercharge our tourism industry by showcasing all of Queensland to billions of people around the world.
“It would ensure that congestion busting infrastructure is delivered.
“Queensland will need this infrastructure with or without the Olympics, but a Games bid will ensure it is built.
“The LNP urge the Palaszczuk Labor Government to commit all necessary funds to support Queensland’s Olympic Bid.
“The Games must be for all of Queensland and I’m committed to make this happen.
“The LNP truly believes we can deliver one of the best Olympics in modern history.
“I urge Queenslanders to embrace the LNP’s push to bring the world’s best athletes to the Sunshine State.”
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington will today unveil her plan to drive the development of the Galilee Basin and create thousands of new jobs across the Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton regions.
Ms Frecklington will use her Budget Reply speech to announce a 10-year freeze on mining royalties to boost long-term investment in the resources industry.
The LNP will also overhaul Labor’s politicised approvals process and back a new drive to attract international resources investment in Queensland.
And Ms Frecklington will also guarantee that every dollar of the royalties collected from the Galilee Basin will go into a new Queensland Infrastructure Fund to build hospitals, schools and roads across the state.
“Labor has fought the opening of the Galilee Basin for four years,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk and her spineless MPs have betrayed mining communities in the regions.
“Labor’s anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs agenda is hurting Queensland like never before.
“The LNP backs the Galilee Basin and we are going to bring jobs back to the communities that Annastacia Palaszczuk has forgotten.
“We will create good jobs and we’ll guarantee that every Queenslander gains from the Galilee Basin through new schools, hospitals and roads.”
Ms Frecklington said around $50 billion worth of Galilee Basin projects – which will create 15,000 new jobs – have stalled because of Labor’s pro-Greens, anti-mining agenda.
“I am going to stop Labor’s politicisation of the approvals process for new mining projects,” Ms Frecklington said.
“We all know how Annastacia Palaszczuk kept shifting the goalposts and stacked the process against the Adani project.
“If we are to create more jobs, we must restore confidence in the system.
“A future LNP Government will restore fair and transparent key performance indicators for environmental approvals. These will be published, tracked and reported.
“The framework will respect our environment, but it will also respect the needs of industry.
“Resources projects need certainty to get off the ground and the LNP will provide it.”
The LNP’s ‘Boost the Basin’ jobs plan for Queensland, to be unveiled in today’s Budget Reply speech, includes:
“Labor are anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government tried to bury the Carmichael mine, told miners to ‘re-skill’ and held the resources industry to ransom two weeks before the Budget.
“Labor has blocked the resources industry, but I will back it.”
LNP Shadow Minister for Mines and North Queensland Dale Last said only an LNP Government would boost the Galilee Basin and generate new jobs across Central and North Queensland.
“Thanks to Annastacia Palaszczuk, the resources industry’s confidence in Queensland is at rock bottom,” Mr Last said.
“You can’t blame the industry – Labor is out to destroy their business model.
“Only the LNP will restore confidence and bring back the investment and jobs that the regions are crying out for.”
The bitterly divided Palaszczuk Labor Government is more focused on looking out for themselves rather than Queenslanders, as their bad budget continues to unravel.
Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander moved a motion in Parliament today condemning Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on several fronts, including Labor’s infighting and their $90 billion debt bomb.
Mr Mander said the knives are out in the Labor Party following their shocking result in the Federal Election and Annastacia Palaszczuk’s anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs agenda.
“Current and former Labor MP’s are lining up to criticise Annastacia Palaszczuk’s wrong priorities,” Mr Mander said.
“It took Labor’s disaster at the Federal Election for Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad to even acknowledge regional Queensland existed.
“Nearly three out of four Queenslanders voted for anyone but Labor at the recent Federal election.
“Queenslanders are sick of Labor’s waste, lack of infrastructure, rail fail, congestion, health crisis and shocking unemployment rate which is among the worst in the country.
“Labor can’t be trusted to create jobs or fix the economy.
“This tax-obsessed Labor government is addicted to wasting tax payer’s money.
“When Labor runs out of money, they come after yours.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has no plan to make Queensland the economic powerhouse it once was.
“Her only plan is trying to save her own job because Jackie Trad, Cameron Dick and Kate Jones are circling.
“Labor is bitterly divided and they’re dividing Queensland in the process with their higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure.
“You can’t afford Labor.
“Only the LNP is committed to creating jobs, bust congestion, fund more beds in our hospitals, end Labor’s rail fail, introduce no new taxes and ease cost of living pressures.
“Labor is addicted to tax and wasting money.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong, she’d rather waste money on an Al Gore lecture, change a hospital name in Brisbane, increase rego and oversee half a billion dollars in ICT project waste.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is treating Queenslanders like fools and cash cows.”
The Palaszczuk Labor Government is simply not up to the job of managing the economy after their fifth Budget locked in higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure for Queensland.
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said the Budget showed Queensland can’t afford Labor.
“After five years in power, all Labor is delivering is higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure,” Ms Frecklington said.
“New taxes, $90 billion of debt and almost 160,000 Queenslanders looking for work is the sum of five years of Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“Treasurer Jackie Trad has piled more than $3.45 billion in extra taxes and charges on Queenslanders in just two Budgets.
“Every dollar Labor takes from Queenslanders hurts the economy and destroys jobs.
“When Labor run out of money, they come after yours.
“This Budget alone will rip $1.25 billion out of the Queensland economy through new taxes and tax hikes over the next four years.
“Nowhere has ever taxed its way to prosperity.”
More Labor Debt
Ms Frecklington said while Labor charged ahead with its high-taxing agenda, debt was soaring to a staggering $90 billion.
“Labor is putting us further into debt to pay for their wasteful spending, such as changing hospital names and Al Gore lectures,” she said.
“Labor can’t manage money.
“Queensland has endured five years of Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad but their legacy of tax and debt will last a lifetime.
“Labor’s debt represents a burden of $16,795 for each and every man, woman and child in Queensland.
“The debt bomb means billions of dollars will be unavailable in the future for natural disaster recovery or infrastructure projects, and there will be less money for nurses, teachers and police.
“Jackie Trad has jeoparadised the future of Queensland to save the skins of Labor MPs at the next election.”
Labor’s Infrastructure Lie
Ms Frecklington said the great Labor lie of this Budget was in infrastructure.
“Labor aren’t borrowing to build - they are borrowing to cover their wasteful spending,” she said.
“Labor’s IT projects are now almost half-a-billion dollars over budget, they’re fixated on changing the name Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and they’ve slugged taxpayers a fortune for lectures by Al Gore.
“Labor’s Budget actually cuts infrastructure spending by $23 million in the budget year and over the forward estimates.
“There’s also a $500 million reduction in infrastructure spending in 2019/20 compared to previous forecasts.
“Labor is delivering less infrastructure, but more debt.
“Queensland has the lowest infrastructure investment as a percentage of revenue in the nation.”
The Forgotten Regions
Ms Frecklington said the Palaszczuk Labor Government had forgotten regional Queensland.
“The other great lie of the budget is that it is for regional Queensland. The money Labor is actually spending on infrastructure is being funnelled into a handful of inner-Brisbane electorates for their pet project Cross River Rail,” she said.
“Labor is ignoring the infrastructure needs of regional Queensland.
“At the same time, Labor is holding the resources industry to ransom and holding back projects Central and North Queensland are relying on new jobs.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs.”
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said unemployment in Queensland was far above the national average under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“This Budget shows Jackie Trad is obsessed with saving her own job at the next election rather than creating jobs for Queenslanders,” Mr Mander said.
“Jobs growth has plummeted, with 26,000 less jobs predicted than in last year’s Budget.
“This is a further blow to Queensland’s workforce, with almost 160,000 people looking for work.
“The unemployment rate in Queensland is far higher than Victoria and New South Wales.
“There is a jobs crisis in regional Queensland and much of the South-East – and key indicators point to unemployment only getting worse.
“Business confidence is at rock-bottom while construction is grinding to a 13-year low.
“Our economy is barely growing and investment in our state has collapsed.
“Queensland is hurting and it’s a direct consequence of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“Instead of delivering tax relief, Queenslanders have been taxed even more by Labor.
“Instead of a plan to responsibly pay down debt, Labor only has a plan to burden our kids and grandkids with debt.
“Instead of creating jobs for Queenslanders, the only jobs Labor care about are their own.
“This Labor Government is going nowhere and it’s taking Queensland with them.”
Ms Frecklington said her speech in reply to Labor’s Budget on Thursday would outline her vision for Queensland and plan to create jobs and opportunities in every corner of this state.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has unveiled her plan to prevent massive blow-outs in the cost of Queensland Government technology projects.
The public Digital Projects Dashboard shows the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s latest IT projects have soared over their original budgets by $447m.
The LNP has announced it will introduce a rigorous mandatory code for new technology upgrades and create an IT enforcer to prevent waste in the public sector.
“It is a disgrace that Labor’s IT projects are now almost half-a-billion dollars over budget,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Ten years after the health payroll disaster, Labor hasn’t learned a thing.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is a digital disaster zone.
“This waste doesn’t happen in the private sector and it won’t happen under an LNP Government.”
The LNP plan will see government departments issued with mandatory guidelines for designing and implementing IT projects.
Departments will be held responsible for every dollar they spend and projects will have to undergo detailed regular ‘health-checks’.
The LNP will also empower the Chief Information Officer (CIO) to be the Government’s IT enforcer.
The CIO will be tasked with investigating every overspend, identifying what went wrong and ensuring mistakes aren’t repeated.
“We will build a firewall that ensures IT projects stay on track and in the black,” Ms Frecklington said.
The largest IT procurement blow-outs have occurred in the following five government departments:
• Queensland Health - $291.5m
• Department of Housing and Public Works - $67.5m
• Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women - $33.7m
• Department of Transport and Main Roads - $33.4m
• Department of Education - $12.3m
Analysis of the latest ABC figures shows Queensland has become the strike capital of Australia under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Around 2,700 working days were lost to industrial action in the March 2019 quarter – meaning 156,200 days have been lost under the two terms of the Palaszczuk Labor Government*.
Since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier in 2015, Queensland has suffered more strike action than any other state – accounting for 33 per cent of all working days lost nationally.
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the high level of strike action was another drag on Queensland’s economy.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has turned Queensland into the strike capital of Australia,” Mr Mander said.
“We have far more strike action than Victoria and New South Wales – even though these states have far larger workforces.
“The strike numbers are more bad news for Queensland’s struggling businesses.
“With more strikes and seven new taxes from Labor, it’s no wonder business confidence is at rock bottom.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is now consistently rated the worst in Government in the nation by small and medium-sized businesses.
“Strikes, tax and a collapse in confidence are all destroying jobs.
“Worryingly, Labor has yet to rule out even more taxes in next week’s Budget.
“Only the LNP has guaranteed not to introduce a single new tax in Queensland.”
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has vowed to empower parents to identify if child sex offenders are living in their neighbourhood if the LNP is elected at the next state election.
Ms Frecklington said the LNP had committed to major child-safety reforms to deliver a new public child sex offender register.
“If I become Premier, I will do everything I can to stop sexual predators from targeting kids,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government baulks at the concept of a registry time and time again.
“It’s clear the only way a child sex offender registry will be delivered in Queensland is to elect an LNP Government.
“Protecting children is more important than protecting the anonymity of pedophiles.
“Queenslanders have the right to this information, but the Palaszczuk Labor Government says no.
“I back tougher, responsible laws that will protect children and empower parents.”
Despite the Palaszczuk Labor government having it for months, drought-stricken communities are still being denied access to an independent review into Queensland’s drought program.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington and Deputy Leader Tim Mander travelled to Toowoomba today for FarmFest and called on the Premier to make the report public immediately.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government needs to stop sitting on this report,” Ms Frecklington said.
“It was completed in January, yet the Premier and her embattled Agriculture Minister Mark Furner won’t come clean.
“This arrogant Labor government has a culture of secrecy and cover-up’s.
“Mr Furner has form in hiding bad news, never forget he refused to release the Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges report for six months, before he callously announced the ag colleges closure under the cover of Christmas.
“An independent report into the effectiveness of Queensland’s drought programs shouldn’t be locked away.”
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said communities deserve to know what’s in the report.
“This Labor government needs to be held to account and the LNP won’t stop fighting for farmers,” Mr Mander said.
“Failing to release the report creates uncertainty and that’s the last thing these farmers need.
“Labor is once again showing its true colours by turning their back on regional Queensland.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is anti-jobs and anti-regions.”
LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett said regional Queenslanders are sick and tired of being treated like second-class citizens.
“This callous disregard for farmers and families battling the drought by the Palaszczuk Labor Government is a disgrace,” Mr Perrett said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch.
“65% of Queensland is drought-declared yet she refuses to release the report and explain why.”
The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s new tax on housing and resources projects will drive up costs and destroy jobs, LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander warned today.
“The last thing people whose livelihoods depend on the construction industry is a great, big, new tax on building jobs,” Mr Mander said.
“This industry is already struggling, particularly with Labor’s new waste tax and higher property taxes heaping financial pressure on projects.
“This is Labor’s seventh job-destroying tax and there was no mention of it at the last state election.
“It’s a tax on housing and resource projects that will cost jobs and drive up the cost of housing.”
Mr Mander said the construction and building industry employed some 250,000 Queenslanders and is one of our largest industries
“The Q-Leave scheme is important, but Labor’s changes are unnecessary,” he said.
“Last year, Q-Leave returned a profit of $23.9 million and the number of paid claims actually reduced.
“Labor’s new tax is driven by greed, not worker welfare.
“We should be doing more to support the construction industry, but Labor is taxing it into the ground.
“Only last week, we saw the 15th consecutive month where building approvals have fallen.
“From January last year, the value of building jobs has plummeted by $364 million under Labor.
“Compared to the peak quarter of December 2013, trend quarterly construction work done has fallen by 44 per cent - a fall of $7.6 billion.”
Mr Mander said the LNP reduced the levy rate in government and increased the threshold where the rate is introduced to ensure small-scale projects like home renovations weren’t captured.
“We exempted certain costs for major resource projects and guaranteed GST would not be included in project calculation,” he said.
“An LNP Government under Deb Frecklington has guaranteed no new taxes and we won’t hike royalties in our first term.
“You can’t tax your way to growth, it’s as simple as that.”