Media | State News

State News - October 2019

TAFE going backwards under Annastacia Palaszczuk

31st October 2019

A national biennial survey of employers released today shows that employers in Queensland are losing confidence in TAFE.

Shadow Minister for Training and Skills Development Fiona Simpson said it was a concern that only 41.6% of employers with apprentices or trainees are choosing TAFE.

“This is a drop of more than 10% since the Palaszczuk Labor Government came to power in 2015,” Ms Simpson said.

“In the last two years alone, confidence in TAFE dropped more than 7%.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s plan for TAFE clearly isn’t working.

“Since March 2015 apprenticeship and traineeship completions have fallen by nearly a third (29%) and there are also almost 9000 fewer students in-training under Labor.

“Apprenticeship and traineeship commencements also fell by over 5% since 2018.

“How can employers be confident in TAFE and Annastacia Palaszczuk when TAFE Queensland is set to lose $38 million this year.

“Vocational education and training is in crisis under Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“It’s no wonder Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and a record number of Queenslanders on the jobless queue.

“Under Labor, Queensland also has the highest long-term unemployment number on record with 46,200 jobseekers.

“Queensland deserves better than the first Premier ever to be found guilty of contempt and a dodgy Treasurer to lead the State.

“Labor has introduced nine new and increased taxes – taxes which are toxic for our economy.

“Only the LNP will get Queensland working, creating more jobs and delivering job security with no new taxes,” Ms Simpson said.

Source:
https://www.ncver.edu.au/research-and-statistics/publications/all-publications/employers-use-and-views-of-the-vet-system-2019

Queensland’s infrastructure crisis worsens

30th October 2019

Deloitte’s September Investment Monitor has exposed Queensland’s worsening infrastructure crisis with the project pipeline being nearly 10 per cent lower than September last year.

LNP Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Andrew Powell slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for stalling major projects and costing thousands of jobs.

“Queensland already has the highest unemployment rate in the nation under Labor,” Mr Powell said.

“There is a record number of Queenslanders on the jobless queue while Annastacia Palaszczuk plays politics on infrastructure.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s fake fights with Canberra over project funding splits is grinding infrastructure spending into the ground.

“There is $3.3 billion in projects that are either not being built or are on the backburner because the Palaszczuk Labor Government refuses to work with the Federal Government.

“Those projects alone would generate 10,200 jobs and provide a pipeline of work for Queensland’s construction industry.

“While New South Wales and Victoria power ahead with job-creating major projects, Annastacia Palaszczuk has put Queensland in reverse by cutting infrastructure funding by almost $3 billion a year in their first term.

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

“Only an 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.”

Three-year wait for weeds report is hurting farmers

25th October 2019

The LNP is demanding the Palaszczuk Labor Government release its report on the impact of invasive weeds – three years after the inquiry was launched.

Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett urged Labor to stop burying the report and come clean on its failure to manage invasive weeds.

“Every rural Queenslander knows this problem is out of control, so Labor should stop the cover-up and release the report,” Mr Perrett said.

“After three years, we need to see the facts. Labor’s culture of secrecy is damaging agriculture.”

The inquiry was instigated in November 2016 and public hearings began in April 2017.

Mr Perrett wrote to the Labor chair of the State Development, Natural Resources and Agricultural Development Committee in March this year to request the finalisation of the inquiry and in April the chair replied he ‘would soon be able to organise a release date’. No date has yet been set.

“More than seven months later and still no report,” Mr Perrett said.

“This month I have written again requesting the report, but I will not be holding my breath given the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s disgraceful track record of delay and cover-up.

“Farmers and landholders are desperate for answers, but Labor is determined to bury this report.

“Labor’s Agriculture Minister has already betrayed farmers in the state’s North-West by withholding the $5m funding he promised to tackle prickly acacia.

“Invasive weeds may not be big problem in his Brisbane electorate, but out in regional Queensland they are damaging agriculture – our most important industry.

“I know the Palaszczuk Labor Government has a poor work ethic, but surely even they can complete and release in three years?”

For more information on the inquiry, go to:
www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/former-committees/AEC/inquiries/past-inquiries/14-Weeds

LNP demands Labor Minister resign over animal welfare failure

24th October 2019

Labor Agriculture Minister Mark Furner has been caught red-handed failing one of his critical Ministerial responsibilities to protect animal welfare in Queensland.

The failure was exposed after Federal Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie detailed in Senate Estimates that her departmental vet had referred nine separate reports into animal welfare from the Caboolture abattoir facility to the department Mr Furner is directly responsible for.

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett called for Annastacia Palaszczuk to stand down her Agriculture Minister after he faiked to justify the inaction in Parliament today.

“Labor’s Mark Furner has turned his back on his responsibility to protect animal welfare in Queensland,” Mr Perrett said.

“It’s completely unacceptable that Mark Furner’s department received nine reports about these issues and failed to deal with them.

“This horrendous mistreatment should never have happened and Labor are trying to cover it up.

“Labor’s Mark Furner should resign immediately and the Palaszczuk Labor Government needs to come clean on why they neglected their objective to ensure racing animals are cared for before, during and after racing.”

LNP moves Bill to strengthen integrity measures

23rd October 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has introduced new criminal laws to Parliament today in the wake of Jackie Trad’s integrity crisis and her failure to declare interests.

Ms Frecklington’s Private Members Bill delivers legislative reform based on the recommendations of the Crime and Corruption Commission’s assessment of the Labor Deputy Premier and Treasurer.

“The CCC said Jackie Trad didn’t break the law but what she did should be a criminal offence,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Almost seven weeks have passed since the recommendations were made and Annastacia Palaszczuk has failed to introduce laws to implement the CCC’s findings.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is the weakest Premier in living memory and the integrity of her Labor Government is shattered.

“The LNP believes the corruption risks raised by the CCC in its assessment should be met with decisive action. That’s called leadership.

“The LNP’s bill creates new criminal offences for Cabinet Ministers to strengthen integrity measures in this state following the actions of Jackie Trad and the inaction of Annastacia Palaszczuk.”

The Private Members Bill implements recommendations 3 and 4 of the CCC’s assessment by:

  • creating a criminal offence for occasions when a member of Cabinet does not declare a conflict that does, or may conflict, with their ability to discharge their responsibilities. This will attract a maximum penalty of 100 penalty units or 1 year’s imprisonment (recommendation 3).
  • failing to make a declaration as outlined above could, in certain circumstances, be considered corrupt conduct, as defined in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 (recommendation 3).
  • creating a criminal offence to apply to a member of Cabinet who fails to comply with the requirements of the Register of Members' Interests, and the Register of Members' Related Persons Interests by not informing the Clerk of Parliament of the particulars of an interest or the change to an interest within one month after the interest arises or the change happens. This will attract a maximum penalty of 100 penalty units (recommendation 4).
  • Recommendations 1, 2 and 5 relate to internal cabinet processes and for that reason aren’t included in the Private Member’s Bill.

Manufacturing Sector in Crisis under Labor

23rd October 2019

Annastacia Palaszczuk continues to bury her head in the sand as Queensland sheds thousands of manufacturing jobs under her weak leadership.

Reflecting on the latest ABS manufacturing data, LNP Shadow Manufacturing Minister Andrew Powell said Labor’s anti-business and anti-jobs agenda was bleeding Queensland’s once proud manufacturing sector dry.

“In just 12 months, nearly 14,000 manufacturing jobs have been lost in Queensland,” Mr Powell said.

“It was reported earlier this year that under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, the number of manufacturing workers in Queensland was at its lowest point since the 1990’s recession.

“It’s little wonder why many have labelled her as the weakest Premier in Queensland’s history and why our state now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP knows that manufacturing is a crucial part of Queensland’s economy and the LNP will encourage new businesses to start, while giving existing companies a better future.

“A future LNP Government elected in October 2020 will launch an additional $20 million Built in Queensland funding program to support heavy engineering and manufacturing in this state.

“The LNP will use Queensland money to help Queensland firms develop new markets in Australia and overseas.

“To deliver Queensland’s manufacturing sector from its darkest hour, the LNP will provide the industry with more resources not less.”

 

RQ1 - Employed persons by Industry division of main job (ANZSIC), Labour market region (ASGS) and Sex, Annual averages of the preceding four quarters, Year to August 1999 onwards
https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/6291.0.55.003Aug%202019?OpenDocument

Straddie tax locked-in by Labor

23rd October 2019

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s obsession with slugging more taxes on Queenslanders continued today, after Labor voted in favour of the Straddie Tax.

LNP Shadow Environment Minister David Crisafulli said Labor MP’s like Don Brown, Kim Richards and Mick De Brenni who talked up a big game had a chance to kill off the tax hike, but instead towed the party line.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is addicted to tax,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“This is a heartless hit to the hip-pocket for holiday-makers in the lead up to Christmas and that’s why the LNP moved a disallowance motion.

“Labor will never learn. We need to promote North Stradbroke Island, not tax it into oblivion.

“Queenslanders have a right to be asking what new tax Labor will think of next.

“The LNP has already made a solid commitment that we will not introduce a single new tax, if we win the October 2020 election.”

LNP Member for Oodgeroo Mark Robinson said Annastacia Palaszczuk and Kate Jones have their heads stuck in the Straddie sand.

“I’ve met with island residents who’ve described Labor’s new tax as callous and cruel,” Mr Robinson said.

“Labor’s decision to jack up vehicle beach permits from $47 to $158 is disgraceful.

“The consultation process was a complete sham and it proves how out of touch the Palaszczuk Labor Government is.

“It’s an unnecessary and toxic tax that will do more harm than good.

“Nine new or increased taxes have been hurled at Queenslanders since the election and it’s no wonder our jobless rate is the worst in the country.

“You can’t trust Labor with taxpayers’ money or creating jobs.”

Statement from LNP Shadow Minister for Racing John-Paul Langbroek & LNP Member for Pumicestone Simone Wilson - Race Horses

18th October 2019

“Last night’s revelations on 7:30 about race horses sent to slaughterhouses were deeply disturbing and Queenslanders have the right to be asking questions.

“Animal welfare standards should be the priority for the Palaszczuk Labor Government, but this is yet another failure.

“The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission was set up by the Palaszczuk Labor Government with a $30 million annual budget to crackdown on these issues, following another Four Corners scandal in 2015.

“Labor still haven’t implemented all the recommendations from the MacSporran Inquiry in 2015. In fact, less than half have been put in place.*

“Animal welfare and integrity is clearly not a priority for the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“QRIC has completely failed their own animal welfare objectives to ensure racing animals are cared for before, during and after racing.**

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to explain why these animal welfare failures have happened and why QRIC has been an expensive failure.”

LNP Member for Pumicestone Simone Wilson said the 7.30 investigation was disturbing on every front.

“For this to occur at a slaughterhouse located in my own electorate sickens me to my core,” Ms Wilson said.

“To see any animal suffer in the way these beautiful retired racehorses have is such a disgrace.

* https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2019/780-2019.pdf

** https://qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Animal-Welfare-Strategy-2-Pager.pdf

Queensland unemployment now highest in nation

17th October 2019

Queensland now has the highest unemployment rate of any state in Australia, according to ABS figures released today.

The state’s unemployment rate rose to 6.6% (trend) in September – leaving a record 178,000 Queenslanders out of work (see ABS September table below).

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Queensland’s jobs crisis was proof of five years of economic failure by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Labor is squeezing the life out of our economy and Queenslanders are paying the price with their jobs,” Mr Mander said.

“In the last two years Labor has hit Queenslanders with 10 new and increased taxes – taxes which are toxic for jobs and growth.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is not working and nor are 178,000 Queenslanders.

“All Annastacia Palaszczuk is delivering is higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure.

“Only the LNP has a plan to create the jobs that Queensland is crying out for.

“The LNP plan will create jobs by delivering new infrastructure, cheaper electricity, faster project approvals and no new taxes.”

Palaszczuk sent off for grand final fail

16th October 2019

One of the greatest events on the Australian sporting calendar will remain in Sydney, after the Palaszczuk Labor Government failed to secure the NRL grand final for Queensland.

LNP Deputy Leader and two time NRL grand final referee Tim Mander said this is another fail from Annastacia Palaszczuk and her embattled Ministers Kate Jones and Mick De Brenni.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is all talk and no action,” Mr Mander said.

“Despite all the meetings and travel at taxpayers’ expense, Labor couldn’t get the deal done.

“It just goes to show how weak Annastacia Palaszczuk is, she couldn’t even convince former Labor Premier Peter Beattie to sign a deal .

“This was Queensland’s best chance to host the NRL’s showpiece event in front of a sold-out Suncorp Stadium and broadcast LIVE to millions of people all over the world.

“Her ‘I am furious’ routine won’t cut it this time, this is yet another Labor stuff up and league lovers have been penalised.

“Under Annastacia Palaszczuk’s watch, Brisbane lost the first test of the Summer, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars but couldn’t secure the Indy and now the NRL decider goes begging.

“Queenslanders love their rugby league and for Labor to miss this golden opportunity is embarrassing and a major opportunity lost.

“This state deserves a Premier who will go into fight for Queensland and not get trampled on by Sydneysiders.

“Queensland has been robbed just like the Raiders were in the grand final.”

No review needed to diagnose Labor’s ED failure

16th October 2019

Queensland Health does not need a review of its ED departments – it needs a new government that prioritises patient care, LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said today.

Responding to the QNU’s call for an ED review, Ms Bates said: “The biggest problem facing Queensland Health is the failing Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“The crisis in our health system has been growing since the day Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.

“As a nurse, I feel for our hard-working nurses and midwives who are at breaking point, but another review isn’t the answer.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has the wrong priorities for Queensland Health.

“She cares more about changing the name of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital than providing better care to our sickest kids.

“Labor have wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars on numerous IT debacles that have stopped doctors and nurses from doing their jobs and put patient care at risk.

“When it comes to providing better health services and supporting our nurses, you can’t trust Labor.”

Drumlines must go back after surge in shark alerts

16th October 2019

Labor must immediately reverse its decision to remove drumlines from north Queensland beaches after a surge in shark sightings, the LNP said today.

Eight beaches have been forced to close because of sharks since the Palaszczuk Labor Government removed drumlines from the Great Barrier Reef marine park just three weeks ago.

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Industry Development and Fisheries Tony Perrett said only 15 beaches in the park were closed because of sharks in the whole of last year.

“The surge in shark reports show that drumlines protect swimmers and Annastacia Palaszczuk must put them back in the water now,” Mr Perrett said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s decision to remove the drumlines is putting swimmers in serious danger.

“The LNP’s position is clear – put people before sharks and put the drumlines back.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is gambling with the safety of swimmers and it has got to stop.

“The LNP has given Labor a solution to get the drumlines back in and they need to implement it.”

Labor’s climbdown is a win for local democracy

15th October 2019

The LNP has welcomed Labor’s decision to ditch its cynical plan to force compulsory preferential voting (CPV) on councils following a fierce backlash from local government leaders.

Shadow Minister for Local Government Ann Leahy said Labor’s reforms would have resulted in higher rates and electoral confusion across Queensland as part of a desperate bid to shore up Labor’s vote in Brisbane City Council elections.

“I congratulate the LGAQ and all council leaders who stood up to the arrogant Palaszczuk Labor Government on this important issue,” Ms Leahy said.

“Labor’s plot to force compulsory preferential voting on councils would have been a disaster for local democracy.”

A question-on-notice earlier this year revealed that the cost of Queensland’s council elections would have increased from $17.2m to $27.4m under compulsory preferential voting.

Ms Leahy said Labor should now back the LNP’s Bill to abolish compulsory preferential voting in Queensland state elections.

"No-one should be forced to vote for a candidate they do not support, but that’s exactly what Labor forces them to do," Ms Leahy said.

"Compulsory preferential voting was scrapped in state elections between 1992 and 2015 because it takes power away from the people and gives it to politicians.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk only brought back compulsory preferential voting in state elections because she knew she could never win a majority if voters had a real choice at the ballot box.

"It's time to restore our democracy and let voters decide who gets their vote – and who doesn't."

Palaszczuk must stop $1.4 billion gouging of Queenslanders

10th October 2019

Queenslanders will be gouged a staggering $1.4 billion in a secret Labor tax grab if Annastacia Palaszczuk signs off on the government-owned energy companies wanting to ramp up charges for households and businesses.

The Australian Energy Regulator has rejected submissions by Ergon and Energex on how much they intend to charge customers over the next regulatory period - 2020 to 2025*.

The state-owned energy companies are seeking to slug households by an extra $102 a year over and above what the national independent umpire has determined is acceptable.

Small businesses, already struggling under Labor’s 10-new or increased taxes, face coughing up an extra $131 a year in charges.

In order to stop Labor’s secret tax, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to back consumers and not to appeal the decision by the Australian Energy Regulator.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to accept the independent umpire’s decision and not slug Queenslanders extra on their power bills,” Ms Frecklington said.

**Audio grabs attached**

“Labor have been caught out trying to gouge customers up to $1.4 billion more than they should have.

“If Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t accept the umpire’s decision, it will be a massive failure of leadership and every Queensland household will be paying an extra $102 a year for the next five years.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Energy Michael Hart said Labor needed to stop their secret tax on electricity bills.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to come clean and rule out this outrageous tax grab,” Mr Hart said.

“Households and small businesses can’t afford to pay more, if Labor challenge this decision it will be grossly out of touch.”

*https://www.aer.gov.au/news-release/aer-issues-draft-determination-on-energex-2020-25-revenue
*https://www.aer.gov.au/news-release/aer-issues-draft-determination-on-ergon-2020-25-revenue

Labor must abandon assault on council democracy

8th October 2019

The LNP is warning that council elections across Queensland will be hit with higher costs and more confusion if Labor doesn’t abandon its plan to introduce compulsory preferential voting in local government polls.

Shadow Local Government Minister Ann Leahy said councils were overwhelmingly opposed to the plan and time was rapidly running out for Labor to introduce its politically-motivated reforms.

“Compulsory preferential voting is a desperate tactic being forced on every Queensland council to shore up Labor’s vote in Brisbane,” Ms Leahy said.

“Labor’s vote-rigging reforms are not backed by the CCC or the Local Government Association of Queensland.

“Parliament was promised a debate back in August, but Labor keeps kicking the can down the road in the hope that the criticism will go away.

“There are now only six months to go until council elections and they could be a democratic disaster if Labor tries to rush through its compulsory preferential voting plan.”

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s answer to an LNP question-on-notice earlier this year revealed that the cost of council elections would increase from $17.2m to $27.4m under compulsory preferential voting.

The re-introduction of compulsory preferential voting system in the 2017 state election – reversing a Fitzgerald Report-era reform – saw the rate of informal voting more than double from 2.11% to 4.34%.

“Labor’s reforms will cost rate-payers more, cause more confusion among voters and have been rejected by Queensland councils,” Ms Leahy said.

“My message to Annastacia Palaszczuk is clear. Stop fixing the voting system and start fixing our roads and water infrastructure.”

LNP’s cool plan for kids as summer comes early

8th October 2019

The first day of term four is set to be a scorcher for thousands of Queensland kids, as temperatures soar towards 40 degrees today.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said it’s totally unfair for school kids to learn in classrooms that don’t have air-conditioning.

“I am so passionate about this signature policy the LNP is taking to the October 2020 election,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Only the LNP is committed to air-condition every state school classroom in Queensland.

“This will improve the working environment for staff and students.

“It is unfair for our kids to slug out it in hotboxes while all other government buildings have the luxury of air conditioning.

“School P&C’s are taking years to fundraise for air-conditioning and I believe they need a state government who will support them.

“This is one part of my plan to improve the education needs of our kids.

“The LNP will also declutter the curriculum and get back to basics.

“Under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, our NAPLAN results have gone backwards.

“Labor isn’t working and Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t want to improve the education system because her priorities are all wrong.”

LNP calls on Telstra to preserve regional jobs

3rd October 2019

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has called on Telstra to preserve jobs in regional Queensland after the company proposed reductions to its workforce nationally.

Up to 23 jobs at Telstra’s Townsville Customer Service Centre are expected to be impacted.

“Townsville needs all the jobs it can get right now,” Ms Frecklington said.

“This is heartbreaking news for workers at Telstra’s hub in Townsville and their families.

“With the unemployment rate already at 7.1 per cent, I don’t want any more mums and dads added to the jobless queue in Townsville.

“I am urging Telstra to preserve regional jobs, particularly in Townsville.”

LNP Shadow Minister for North Queensland Dale Last said Townsville couldn't afford more jobs to be lost.

"The region has been doing it especially tough lately and this would be another kick in the guts," Mr Last said.

"It's also a significant blow to future employment opportunities for our youth, which is a big problem in the North.

"The LNP is standing shoulder to shoulder with workers in Townsville and Annastacia Palaszczuk should come out and do the same.

"Telstra needs to stop putting profits before service and understand just how important these jobs are in regional areas."

LNP backs rally to build Rookwood to full capacity

3rd October 2019

LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander joined more than 200 farmers, landowners and graziers in Rockhampton today to fight the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s secret plan to cut the size of Rookwood Weir.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is anti-regions, anti-jobs and anti-dams,” Mr Mander said.

“Watering down the weir will mean less jobs for Central Queensland.

“Labor haven’t reduced the length of Cross River Rail because of concrete costs and they shouldn’t only be building part of the weir.

“Instead of spending $250m on public servant bonuses, that money could have been invested in delivering water security.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk isn’t delivering for Central Queenslanders and her priorities are all wrong.

“Only the LNP is committed to water security and building the dams Queensland needs as part of a 30-year water strategy.”

Struggling property industry savages Labor

3rd October 2019

The Palaszczuk Labor Government is the worst in the nation when it comes to managing and planning for growth, according a damning Property Council of Australia survey released today.

Queensland’s score in the survey’s ‘government performance index’ slumped by 11.4 points to a pitiful minus 30.4 points in the council’s latest quarterly survey.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the property industry’s confidence in the Palaszczuk Labor Government was in freefall.

“The property industry is one of the biggest job creators in Queensland but its confidence in the
Palaszczuk Labor Government has totally collapsed,” Mr Mander said.

“Labor’s dire performance is bad news for anyone who works in the construction industry and for anyone who is trying to find a new home Queensland.

“Treasurer Jackie Trad’s portfolio of homes might be rapidly expanding, but Queensland’s construction industry is now in a major slump.”

Property industry leaders in New South Wales, Victoria, West Australia and the ACT all gave their state and territory governments a positive rating, in stark contrast with the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s abysmal score.

Mr Mander said the property industry had previously pin-pointed Labor’s repeated tax grabs as one of the key causes of falling confidence.

“Labor has ripped $3.5bn out of the economy with 10 new and increased taxes,” Mr Mander said.

“Labor’s toxic taxes are destroying confidence, investment and jobs across the whole economy.

“Only the LNP has a plan to restore Queensland’s economic confidence through a no-new-tax guarantee and vital investment in new roads, rail and dams.”

Access the report at research.propertycouncil.com.au/research-and-data/anz-property-council-survey

Patients languish as hospitals burst at the seams under Labor

2nd October 2019

The latest data released by Queensland Health shows emergency departments and many major metropolitan and regional hospitals are bursting at the seams.

During August 27 per cent of patients weren’t seen within clinically recommended timeframes - that is 49,769 patients across hospitals in Queensland in just one month.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the shocking statistics were further evidence patient care under Annastacia Palaszczuk was going backwards.

“It’s hard to believe that Labor have slashed the hospital building budget by $203 million this year and wasted hundreds of millions on failed IT projects and changing hospital names,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP have listened to doctors and nurses on the frontline and will re-focus our public health system on patient care and ensure better health services for Queenslanders.

“The LNP will take pressure off the system by partnering with the private sector to slash waiting lists to free up room in emergency departments.”

LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the health system had lurched from crisis to crisis under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Emergency departments are overcrowded, ambulance ramping has skyrocketed and surgery wait times are blowing out,” Ms Bates said.

“As a nurse, I feel for our hard-working nurses, doctors, midwives and paramedics who are struggling to cope.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong - she would rather change a hospital name than fix her health crisis.”

Regional breakdown (for August 2019):

• Cairns Hospital – 1534 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (23% of ED patients)
• Toowoomba Hospital – 1440 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (28% of ED patients)
• Gold Coast University Hospital – 4271 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (43% of ED patients)
• Robina Hospital – 1959 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (36% of ED patients)
• Mackay Hospital – 1274 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (28% of ED patients)
• Caboolture Hospital – 1758 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (37% of ED patients)
• Redcliffe Hospital – 2145 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (37% of ED patients)
• RBWH – 1608 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (22% of ED patients)
• Prince Charles Hospital – 3294 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (36% of ED patients)
• PA Hospital – 1506 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (27% of ED patients)
• QEII Hospital – 1471 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (28% of ED patients)
• Redland Hospital – 1501 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (30% of ED patients)
• Nambour Hospital – 1152 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (25% of ED patients)
• Gympie Hospital – 1118 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (39% of ED patients)
• Ipswich Hospital – 2755 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (43% of ED patients)
• Bundaberg Hospital – 1502 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (33% of ED patients)
• Hervey Bay Hospital – 1031 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (28% of ED patients)
• Maryborough Hospital – 512 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (28% of ED patients)
• Sunshine Coast University Hospital – 2309 patients not seen by doctor or nurse on time (34% of ED patients)

Source: http://www.performance.health.qld.gov.au

Labor rakes in an extra $333m from power bills

2nd October 2019

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has squeezed an extra $333m in profits from Queensland electricity customers, according to annual reports released this week.

Labor had budgeted to receive dividends of $1.153 billion from government-owned electricity generators and networks in 2018-2019 – but the reports show it actually netted $1.486 billion.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Labor was using power bills to hit Queenslanders with a secret tax.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is using high electricity bills to siphon off profits to the State Government,” Ms Frecklington said.

“This is a secret tax grab from Labor and it shows how little Annastacia Palaszczuk cares about families and businesses which are struggling to pay their bills.

“Every energy customer in Queensland is paying more to fund Labor’s financial incompetence.

“Instead of ripping off customers like Labor, the LNP will introduce reforms that will drive down the cost of electricity.”

The $1.486 billion in dividends was paid by CS Energy ($165 million), Stanwell Energy ($550 million), Powerlink ($114 million) and Energy Queensland ($657 million).

Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart said the LNP would restructure Queensland’s two state-owned generators to create a third company, increasing competition in the sector in a reform that the State Government’s own modelling says will reduce wholesale prices by 8 per cent.

The LNP will also cut the average regional bill by $300 a year by enabling electricity retailers to operate across the entire state – not just the South-East.

“Instead of creaming off more and more profits from energy companies, Labor should be backing serious reforms to give consumers a better deal,” Mr Hart said.

“When it comes to corporate greed, Labor takes some beating.

“The LNP is fighting for a fairer deal for consumers, but Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad are ripping off everyone who pays an electricity bill.”

NB:

Links to the annual reports for government-owned energy companies are provided below:

CS Energy - $165 million dividend
(https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/TabledPapers/2019/5619T1692.pdf)

Stanwell Energy - $550 million (https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/TabledPapers/2019/5619T1703.pdf)

Powerlink - $114 million (https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/TabledPapers/2019/5619T1694.pdf)

Energy Queensland - $657 million (https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/TabledPapers/2019/5619T1696.pdf)

The 2018 Queensland Budget forecast shows Labor expected to receive dividends of $1.153 billion from government-owned electricity networks and generators:

https://s3.treasury.qld.gov.au/files/BP2-2018-19.pdf

Labor playing politics with drumlines

1st October 2019

There are no shark controls on our beaches in the Great Barrier Reef marine park because Annastacia Palaszczuk is playing politics.

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Industry Development and Fisheries Tony Perrett said it’s a cop-out that Labor is putting lives at risk to score political points.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop playing games and start protecting swimmers,” Mr Perrett said.

“Labor took out the drumlines and only the LNP will put them back in.

“The LNP has a sensible plan to keep drumlines in the water to protect swimmers and our tourism jobs.”

Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to release Ernst and Young report today

1st October 2019

“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to immediately release the Ernst and Young (EY) report today.

The Premier has hidden behind this report for months, refusing to answer questions about her then Chief of Staff’s taxpayer funded grant to his business.

Taxpayers have paid for the EY report, it isn’t confidential, and it should be released, no questions asked.

The CCC statement raises more questions than answers including whether this is now a formal corruption investigation into Annastacia Palaszczuk’s office.

The Premier needs to come clean on what she knew and be open and accountable about this matter.”

Protestors lock themselves to concrete barrel at Adani’s Abbot Point terminal

1st October 2019

“Protestors locking themselves to concrete barrels proves Labor’s new laws don’t go far enough,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Protest action that disrupts lawful work and causes delays makes Queensland a less appealing place to invest, which means less jobs for Queenslanders.

“People have a right to protest but destroying job opportunities for Queenslanders is not on.

“I’m calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk to support the LNP’s tough new industrial sabotage laws.

“Only the LNP has a plan to protect jobs with laws that get tough on job-destroying activists.”

Background:
• On 1 May 2019, Mr Dale Last MP, Member for Burdekin, introduced the Criminal Code (Trespass Offences) Amendment Bill 2019. The Bill was referred to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for detailed consideration. The committee is required to report by 1 November 2019.
• Currently in Queensland the offence of trespass is a summary offence with a maximum penalty of 2,611 or one-year’s imprisonment.
• The LNP bill introduces three new criminal offences to bolster Queensland’s trespass laws. These include aggravated trespass, serious criminal trespass and organised trespass offences.
• LNP Trespass:
o Aggravated trespass: maximum of 3 years imprisonment or a maximum fine of 100 penalty units ($13,055)
o Serious Criminal Trespass: maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment or a maximum fine of 3000 penalty units ($391,650)
o Organised Trespass: maximum fine of 10 years imprisonment or 3000 penalty units ($391,650)
• The LNP’s proposed laws have been supported by the Queensland Resources Council, Queensland Major Contractors Association and Agforce. Submissions are available here https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/LACSC/inquiries/current-inquiries/Trespass2019