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State News - June 2020

LNP will boost Crime Stoppers with $1.5m

29th June 2020

A future LNP government will make Queensland communities safer by providing Crime Stoppers with an extra $1.5m in funding.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the money would be used to expand the charity’s network of volunteers and support its crime-prevention campaigns targeting ICE dealers and child abuse.

The LNP’s commitment to Crime Stoppers follows Labor’s decision to cease its funding in February 2019, leading to the closure of the charity’s call centre – a move which has increased demand on the over-stretched Queensland Police Service.

Last year it was revealed that 130,000 crime reports and tip-offs to Policelink were abandoned by callers who hung up when their calls went unanswered.

“The LNP will end Labor’s crimewave by giving police the resources and the tough laws they need to protect the community,” Ms Frecklington said.

“But we won’t stop there. The LNP will work with Crime Stoppers to boost the role that volunteers play in the fight against crime and ease the pressure on our police.

“Crime Stoppers has helped our police to make almost 2,200 arrests in the last year and detect drugs with a value of almost $6m.

“The LNP values every member of the Crime Stoppers team and we will work with them to keep Queenslanders safe.”

Ms Frecklington announced the three-year funding commitment on Brisbane’s northside, with the LNP’s candidate for Aspley Amanda Cooper.

“Robberies and car theft have shot up by 90% across the northside since Labor came to power,” Ms Cooper said.

“Labor has been soft on crime, but tough on Crime Stoppers.

“Only the LNP has a plan to cut crime and Crime Stoppers will be a big part of it.”

LNP Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie said Labor’s crimewave was not confined to Brisbane, with robberies increasing by 94% statewide since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.

Other crimes have also seen huge increases, including car theft (77%), domestic violence order breaches (111%) and assault (35%).

“The LNP wants to use every tool in the box to cut crime and keep Queenslanders safe,” Mr Purdie said.

“As a former police officer, I know that Crime Stoppers make a massive contribution to law enforcement in Queensland.

“The LNP will increase Crime Stoppers’ contribution, instead of cutting it like Labor.

“Only an LNP Government will cut crime and keep our communities safe.”

Grosvenor mine revelations show need for public hearings

29th June 2020

The role of the Mines Inspectorate in preventing incidents in Queensland mine and quarries has been called into question by LNP Shadow Minister for Mines and local MP for Burdekin Dale Last.

Almost 100 high methane alerts* in the four years prior to an explosion in May which seriously injured five miners, is deeply disturbing and poses more questions than answers.

“Our miners raised major concerns leading up to the incident last month but, it seems the Palaszczuk Government’s mines inspectorate did nothing to intervene,” said Mr Last.

“Allegations around the cosy relationship between certain inspectors and mine operators when it came to reporting safety issues should be ringing alarm bells.

“The LNP revealed last week more than a dozen safety directives or standards notices were issued over the two years prior to the methane explosion at the Grosvenor coal mine – but work at the mine was never forced to stop**.

“Over the last two years only one unannounced inspection was conducted at the mine and it happened one week after the mine was able to prepare for its pre-scheduled audit.

“This is despite the mine receiving two complaints about the mine safety standards and the CFMEU going public about the issues with controlling gas levels.

“It’s also worth noting that the number of infringements being issued in Queensland mines has now decreased in 2019-20 from the previous year, despite the terrible mine safety record***.

“The Inspectorate’s failure to monitor and regulate the operations at the Grosvenor mine was unacceptable.

“It is clear now that the terms of reference for the Minister’s Board of Inquiry need to be expanded to include the role of the Inspectorate and that public hearings should be a mandatory requirement.

“Workers, industry groups and the community all deserve to have their say in an open and transparent public hearing process.

“While the Palaszczuk Government continues to dither on mine safety in Queensland, eight lives have been lost in the past 2 years in our mine sites and quarries.”

*’Mining giant had 98 methane alerts before near-fatal blast’ by Sarah Elks https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/mining-giant-had-98-methane-alerts-before-nearfatal-blast/news-story/583090c759e80bf345968d2d9b655a2c

** Question on Notice No. 444: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2020/444-2020.pdf

*** Question on Notice No. 428: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2020/428-2020.pdf

 

LNP phonics trial to boost literacy in Queensland schools

LNP phonics trial to boost literacy in Queensland schools

29th June 2020

How Queensland kids learn to read will be improved through an LNP Government trial of phonics screening to boost literacy and ensure students don’t fall behind.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today announced 100 schools would participate in phonics screening in Term 3 2021 if her party wins the next election.

“Literacy is one of the foundation skills kids need to ensure they get a job and succeed in life,” Ms Frecklington said.

“A five-minute phonics test could transform schooling life for Queensland kids struggling to read.

“Our education system should be supporting kids that need extra help to read.

“If I were Premier, the education system would get back to basics and help kids get back on track if they are struggling with literacy.

“I don’t want kids left to struggle in the classroom every day because their reading difficulty isn’t understood.

“A phonics test in Year 1 will facilitate change to help pick up if a student has a learning difficulty like dyslexia and ensure they get the teaching support they need throughout their education.

“Teachers will be empowered by the test results to apply different teaching methods to students of different reading ability levels.

“Phonics screening checks are already in place in three other states and they are backed by the Federal Government – it’s time Queensland got on board to improve student literacy.”

Phonics screening checks work by assessing a child’s ability to identify and apply different sounds in basic words, such as the ‘at’ in cat, to form longer and more complicated words.

The results from last year’s Phonics Screening Check in South Australia showed overall improvement since trials began in 2017, demonstrating that a renewed focus on phonics is lifting literacy outcomes and learning in SA government schools.

Under the LNP’s trial, Queensland students will assessed by their classroom teacher with a 5-7 minute diagnostic exam, which tests a child’s ability to identify the sounds that form words.

Schools will not be required to centrally report the results of individual checks and data will not be used for comparison between schools.

LNP Shadow Minister for Education Jarrod Bleijie said the Department of Education would engage a leading educational research expert to help design and evaluate a Queensland trial and the LNP would work with teachers to get it right.

“Teachers would be given the necessary training and support needed to undertake the program and parents would also be included in the process to ensure they understand the trial test and the benefits for their children,” Mr Bleijie said.

“This simple trial will provide a big impetus to drive improvements in teaching and learning. 

“Identifying early that children are at risk of struggling with reading skills can only be a good thing for kids and teachers alike.”

Code Read Dyslexic Support Network founding member Tanya Forbes said dyslexia was often unidentified and unsupported, which led to negative outcomes for many students.

“Early identification of children at-risk using the phonics screening check, combined with evidence-based literacy instruction, will ensure that all students receive the support they need to learn to read,” Ms Forbes said.

“This is an investment that will significantly improve literacy in Queensland schools.”

Democracy the biggest loser in Labor reforms

23rd June 2020

Councils could end up being led by mayors who have been overwhelmingly rejected at the ballot box under Labor’s new electoral laws, the LNP has warned.

Shadow Minister for Local Government Ann Leahy said the Electoral Amendment Bill passed by the Palaszczuk Labor Government was an affront to democracy.

“I’m very concerned that if an elected Mayor resigns or vacates the job in their first 12 months, they will now be replaced by the candidate who finished second,” Ms Leahy said.

“This could mean someone who received over 70 per cent of residents’ votes being replaced by someone who may have received less than 20 per cent and who does not reflect the voting intentions of residents at all.

“This so-called electoral reform has rightly been slammed by council leaders as undemocratic.”

Under the previous legislation, mayoral vacancies were filled by by-elections.

Ms Leahy said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Bill had been rammed through Parliament, with MPs given insufficient time to consider 229 late amendments.

“This is another example of Labor using its numbers in Parliament to rig Queensland’s electoral system,” Ms Leahy said.

“Queenslanders simply cannot trust the Palaszczuk Labor Government.”

Labor’s dreadful volunteer treatment - from border to Blue Cards

23rd June 2020

Forcing rural fire volunteers to patrol Annastacia Palaszczuk’s border blockade is yet another case of Labor mismanaging the service, LNP Shadow Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Lachlan Millar said today.

An Opposition Question on Notice has also revealed the Palaszczuk Government had issued 4721 letters to volunteers* threatening them with expulsion from the service if they didn’t meet Labor’s Blue Card demands.

“Labor threatens to sack rural firefighters from their jobs but then asks them to do a job they never signed up for,” Mr Millar said.

“Volunteer firies signed up to fight fires, not babysit Annastacia Palaszczuk’s border blockade.

“Labor is not only misusing firefighting resources at the border, they’ve threatened to sack volunteers over a Blue Card paperwork dispute.

“Rural firies have had a gutful.

“The focus of rural firefighters must be on community safety, hazard reduction burns and mitigating risks ahead of the bushfire season.

“Volunteer rural firies should be on standby for bushfires in Queensland, not on standby for New South Welshman at the border.

“Labor Minister Craig Crawford must apologise to each and every rural fire volunteer over his Blue Card bungle and now the border blunder.

“An LNP Government led by Deb Frecklington would work with our rural firies, not threaten them with the sack and help keep our communities safe.

“On behalf of the LNP, I would like to thank every Queensland fire volunteer for their hard work and professionalism in serving our community.”

*Question on Notice No. 474: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2020/474-2020.pdf

 

Labor needs to come clean on Grosvenor mine

22nd June 2020

Mines Minster Anthony Lynham has some serious explaining to do, after it was revealed that more than a dozen safety directives or standards notices were issued over the two years prior to the methane explosion at the Grosvenor coal mine, which seriously injured 5 workers in May.

The revelations were outlined in a response by Minister Lynham to a Question on Notice asked by Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause*.

LNP Shadow Minister for Mines Dale Last said it was deeply concerning that the Mines Inspectorate identified issues but allowed operations to continue.

“Over the last two years only one unannounced inspection was conducted at the mine and it happened one week after the mine was able to prepare for its pre-scheduled audit,” Mr Last said.

“This is despite the mine receiving two complaints about the mine safety standards and the CFMEU going public about the mines issues with controlling gas levels.

“It is unacceptable that directives and standards notices were issued to the Grosvenor mine, but that failed to stop the serious explosion.

“The Inspectorate’s failure to monitor and regulate the operations at the Grosvenor mine are deeply concerning. And that is why the terms of reference for Minister’s Board of Inquiry need to be expanded to include the role of the Inspectorate.

“While the Palaszczuk Labor Government continues to dither on mine safety in Queensland, eight lives have been lost in 21 months on our mine sites and quarries.

“Minister Lynham said he’d fix this, and he hasn’t.

“The number of infringements being issued in Queensland mines had now decreased in 2019-20 from the previous year, despite the terrible mine safety record**.

“The LNP has repeatedly called for a full parliamentary inquiry into safety in the Queensland resources industry.

“A full bipartisan parliamentary inquiry into mine safety is the only way that the community, industry and workers can have their say on what is really going on.

“Mine workers deserve safe and secure jobs and they deserve the chance to speak up without fear of persecution and a parliamentary inquiry is the only way to achieve those protections.

“Only the LNP will continue to fight for a parliamentary inquiry into mine safety, because Annastacia Palaszczuk and embattled Minister Anthony Lynham aren’t taking the issue seriously.”

* Question on Notice No. 444: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2020/444-2020.pdf

** Question on Notice No. 428: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2020/428-2020.pdf

Advance Queensland is going, going, gone

18th June 2020

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s flagship Advance Queensland program is fast disappearing ¬¬– leaving dozens of small businesses in limbo.

LNP Shadow Minister for Innovation Michael Hart today told Parliament that one of the program’s few remaining initiatives, Ignite Queensland, had now ‘flamed out’.

Ignite Queensland offers grants to start-ups and small businesses to commercialise new products and services, but the Palaszczuk Labor Government has unexpectedly halted the program and is conducting a review of its future.

“I’ve been contacted by businesses that have invested serious time and money preparing applications for Ignite funding that have now been left hanging by Labor,” Mr Hart said.

“The Ignite program appears to have flamed out – like so many of Labor’s Advance Queensland initiatives.

“This debacle shows that the Palaszczuk Labor Government has no economic plan for Queensland.

“If Labor believe their programs benefit the economy and create jobs, they should not be axing them in the middle of an economic crisis.

“If Labor believe Ignite was wasting public money, they should be upfront with taxpayers.

“Labor should also show businesses which have invested in Ignite the simple courtesy of informing them why the program has been axed and offer other forms of support.

“It’s clear that only an LNP Government will back small businesses, build a strong economy and get Queensland working again.”

Other innovation and entrepreneurial programs to be axed include Small Business Innovation Research, Hot DesQ, the Venturer Program and taxpayer support for the Myriad festival.

A CCC investigation is continuing into the awarding of a $267,000 grant by the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Business Development Fund to a company that was part-owned by Annastacia Palaszczuk’s then chief-of-staff David Barbagallo.

Labor has no Budget, no economic plan while unemployment soars

18th June 2020

New ABS figures revealing more than 174,000 Queenslanders have lost their jobs in the last three months is damning evidence of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s disastrous economic response to coronavirus.

Queensland’s unemployment rate jumped from 7.0 to 7.9% last month, an increase higher than the national average.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the staggering amount of Queensland jobs lost was the cost of Annastacia Palaszczuk keeping interstate borders closed and having no economic plan.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has no Budget, no economic plan, and no commitment to reopen the interstate border,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has turned a health crisis into an economic crisis and it’s cost 174,000 Queenslanders their jobs.

“Queenslanders flattened the coronavirus curve, but Labor is flattening our economy.

“I want to get Queensland working again and that means giving certainty on reopening our border.”

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Queensland now had the longest unemployment queue since records began in 1978.

“Without a full Budget, Labor is flying blind through the biggest economic crisis in nearly a century,” Mr Mander said.

“The largest council in Australia was able to deliver a full budget yesterday, but Labor still doesn’t have an economic plan and continues to hide from scrutiny.

“It says a lot that Labor was the last state government in the country to introduce an economic stimulus package but the first to cancel its Budget.

“The LNP has committed to deliver a Budget within the first 100 days of forming government to provide certainty and transparency for all Queenslanders and implement our plan to get Queensland working again.”

Labor MPs back more border confusion

18th June 2020

Queensland’s tourism sector will continue to face weeks of job-destroying confusion after the Palaszczuk Labor Government voted down an LNP motion on its border shambles.

Tabling tonight’s motion condemning the Premier’s mixed messages on the border, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington repeated her call for Labor to stop flattening the economy.

“When Queensland’s border was closed back in March, we were told it was to flatten the curve,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The curve is flat. Now it’s time for Labor to stop flattening our economy.

“Labor’s border shambles are ripping the guts out of the economy of key tourism hotspots like the Gold Coast, Cairns, the Whitsundays and the Sunshine Coast.

“The Premier’s mixed messages are closing businesses and costing jobs.

“Tourism workers do not understand why the Palaszczuk Labor Government is destroying their livelihoods.

“They want to keep Queensland safe, like everyone else – but they want to have jobs too.

“Every day there is a non-decision on the interstate border is closing businesses and costing jobs across Queensland.

“You don’t protect Queenslanders by destroying their jobs.”

Ms Frecklington said the Prime Minister and his Chief Medical Officer both believe that it is safe to open interstate borders.

“The Premier should listen to our Prime Minister,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The Premier should also take a look at the roadmap her own government published that says interstate travel will be allowed from July 10.

“Labor has no plan, no budget and no certainty for re-opening the interstate border.

“I want to get Queensland working again and that means reopening this state on July 10.”

The LNP motion was lost by 34 votes to 45.

Labor’s amendments to the Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019

17th June 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said:

“The LNP will be opposing Labor’s wage freeze on frontline public servants.

“We believe a deal is a deal and it should be honoured.

“Labor’s changes tear up legally binding agreements and trash the principles of a good faith enterprise bargaining process.

“At a time when people need certainty, this has provided great uncertainty.

“Now is not the time to be ripping money out of the economy.

“Labor should not be using the wages of public servants, including police, nurses, teachers, paramedics and firefighters, to cash-flow its budget.

“In the debate the LNP will attempt to introduce legislation to freeze the salaries of Members of Parliament for 12 months and we call on Labor to support these amendments.”

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said:

“Labor’s wage freeze is a sleight of hand accounting trick - not real budget repair. It is just mean and tricky.

“This continues the Palaszczuk Government’s economic mismanagement of raiding public servant superannuation, stopping payments to long service leave entitlements and stopping payments to the defined benefit fund.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is treating public servants with contempt.

“Labor’s decision to cancel the budget shows it has no plan.

“The LNP has already committed to deliver a budget within the first 100 days of forming government to provide certainty and transparency for all Queenslanders.”

Labor’s bad laws hurt the reef and farming communities

17th June 2020

The Palaszczuk Government has delivered a crushing blow to Queensland’s farming communities and environmental protection framework, after voting down the LNP’s disallowance motion on Labor’s bad reef laws.

LNP Shadow Environment Minister David Crisafulli said Labor’s laws create uncertainty and pits one group against another, by vilifying Queensland’s regional farming communities.

“A good government would support jobs and preserve the reef – it doesn’t have to be one or the other,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“The LNP proposed common sense amendments to the reef laws passed last year but Labor guillotined debate before parliament could consider them.

“Handing over decision-making power to set farming standards to a bureaucrat in Brisbane is dangerous and provides no confidence for future regulatory certainty.

“The role of government should be to work alongside farmers and communities toward environmental outcomes instead of forcing unworkable laws onto them.

“The LNP will continue to fight tooth and nail for sensible laws that back jobs and protect the environment.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett said only an LNP Government will work alongside farmers and communities for environmental outcomes, instead of forcing unworkable laws on them.

“For too long the Palaszczuk Labor Government has treated farmers like criminals by tying them up in unworkable red and green tape,” Mr Perrett said.

“Labor doesn’t care about regional jobs, but the LNP won’t stop fighting for each and every Queensland farmer.

“Labor’s anti-regions, anti-farmer and anti-jobs agenda has driven many in the agriculture industry to revolt against the unfair Reef Laws.

“The LNP will work with farmers and protect local jobs and provide an economic future for our cane, horticulture and grazing industries.

“Deb Frecklington and the LNP have shown strong leadership by standing up for farmers in Queensland in the fight to restore sensible and workable reef laws.”

Mixed messages galore on Labor’s border closure

16th June 2020

Queenslanders are still in the dark over how long Annastacia Palaszczuk will keep the interstate border shut after the Premier failed to commit to a date in Parliament today.

Instead, the Premier told Parliament the border would remain closed "while there is active transmission".

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Premier’s latest mixed message cast doubt on a July reopening as outlined in Labor’s roadmap.

“Businesses need clarity and certainty on when Queensland will open its border to the rest of Australia, Ms Frecklington said.

“The chaos and confusion caused by the Palaszczuk Labor Government is closing businesses and costing jobs.

“Today Annastacia Palaszczuk seems to have put an August or September re-opening right back on the table.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is clearly in denial about how much financial agony Queensland businesses are going through every day the border remains closed.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch and deaf to the concerns of businesses.

“Queensland is a tourist state and tourists mean local jobs – it’s as simple as that.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk keeps moving the goal posts and has turned this health crisis into an economic crisis.

“The first step in getting Queensland working again and restarting the economy is to re-open the interstate border.”

Never before seen concepts of the LNP’s New Bradfield Scheme released

Never before seen concepts of the LNP’s New Bradfield Scheme released

15th June 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today released never before seen concepts of the LNP’s New Bradfield Scheme.*

“Now more than ever, we need to be backing visionary projects like the New Bradfield Scheme to build a stronger economy,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Queensland’s biggest-ever, drought-busting infrastructure project is big, bold and ambitious and if I am Premier I will deliver it.

“It will deliver tens of thousands of new secure jobs, more water for farmers, enough hydro-electric power for 800,000 homes, and irrigate an area of Outback Queensland larger than Tasmania.

“The LNP’s economic plan is clear - we will invest in growth and supercharge the regions to get Queensland working again.

“Projects like the New Bradfield Scheme will be funded from the LNP’s Queensland Infrastructure Fund.”

Fast facts:
The New Bradfield Scheme dam:

  • would be the biggest in Australia with a storage capacity of at least 14,000 GL – 28 Sydney harbours
  • the tropical monsoonal conditions mean the dam could be filled in just 5 years.
  • it'll have a capacity 7 times greater than the Hells Gate Dam Proposal.
  • will irrigate an area larger than Tasmania

Palaszczuk’s AFL clanger dashes hope and optimism

10th June 2020

LNP Shadow Minister for Sport John-Paul Langbroek has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for sending mixed messages to footy clubs and sports fans ahead of this weekend’s AFL competition restart.

“This is a massive clanger from Annastacia Palaszczuk,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Queensland has become a national sporting embarrassment thanks to Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“We saw it with the NRL and now we are seeing it with the AFL as well.

“Labor have sent mixed messages about crowd approvals in a cruel hoax on footy fans.

“Yesterday Annastacia Palaszczuk ruled out any crowds this weekend at the Gabba and Metricon Stadium without even seeing the proposals.

“It’s a sad day when Queensland is beaten to the punch by South Australia.

“The fact 30,000 protestors were allowed to pack into the Brisbane CBD last weekend and not observe social distancing and yet 1000 fans aren’t allowed to watch their favourite footy team while observing social distancing makes a mockery of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s roadmap.

“Queenslanders want common sense rules applied in the same way, otherwise the whole thing becomes a farce.

“As Gold Coast Suns Chairman Tony Cochrane said – ‘it is unclear as mud.’

“The hopes of footy fans in Queensland have been kicked out of bounds on the full, just when there was some hope and optimism ahead of the Round 2 restart.”

Joint statement from LNP Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie and LNP Shadow Minister for Child Safety Stephen Bennett

8th June 2020

“I congratulate Bruce and Denise Morcombe OAM for being named 2020 Queensland Greats,” Mr Purdie said today.

“Their relentless fight for child safety has been instrumental in better educating parents and school children about stranger danger across the country.

“Media reports today of Bruce Morcombe criticising state and territory leaders for refusing to establish a national public register for child sex offenders is absolutely warranted.

“The Federal Government provided $7.8 million over four years in last year’s budget for the states and territories to set up the register but there has been little progress.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has failed to show leadership and has repeatedly baulked at the concept.

“Only the LNP is committed to establishing a public child sex offender register, so parents know if someone poses a danger to their children, in their street or in their suburb.

“As a former detective working in the children protection unit for Queensland Police for more than 20 years, tougher and responsible laws are needed to protect kids and empower parents.”

Mr Bennett said the LNP had committed to major child-safety reforms* to deliver a new public child sex offender register.

“The only way a child sex offender registry will be delivered in Queensland is to change the government.

“Protecting children is more important than protecting the privacy of paedophiles.

“We must do everything to keep our kids safe and stop sexual predators from preying on them.

“Queenslanders have the right to this information, but the Palaszczuk Labor Government says no.”

*The LNP’s plan would provide parents with access to three tiers of information on sex offenders:

Missing Offenders’ Register – Photos and personal details of offenders who fail to report to police and whose whereabouts are unknown will be published online for access by the public.

Local Offender Search – Parents will be able to search their suburb and adjacent suburbs to view photographs of child sex offenders living in their community. Importantly, anyone accessing this information will face a penalty of up to 10 years’ imprisonment if they harass a listed offender or distribute their photograph or personal details.

Community Protection Disclosure Scheme – Parents or guardians will be able to apply to the police to inquire if a person who has regular, unsupervised contact with their child is a reportable sex offender. Anyone who uses false information to request a disclosure or misuses information provided by police could face seven years’ imprisonment.

Labor’s Furner must go over role in unlawful export ban

2nd June 2020

The Federal Court has ruled the 2011 live export ban, which was wholly supported by Labor Agriculture Minister Mark Furner when he as a Senator, was unlawful.

The class action also found then Labor Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig’s conduct amounted to misfeasance.

Justice Rares described the Federal Labor Government’s ban order that Mr Furner backed as “invalid”, “capricious” and “unreasonable” while ordering damages to be paid to impacted farmers.

Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett said it was unacceptable that the Minister charged with looking after Queensland farmers had supported the disastrous 2011 live export ban.

“Queensland farmers will never forget how Labor Minister Furner sat in the Senate and voted to destroy the livelihoods of thousands of farmers,” Mr Perrett said.

“Labor’s live export ban cost jobs, destroyed lives and devastated communities.

“It was not only unethical, but completely illegal – and Labor’s Mark Furner was complicit.

“Mark Furner is clearly no friend of the farmer and his position as the Agriculture Minister of this state in untenable.

“Minister Furner must apologise to farmers and then resign over his role in the one of the darkest chapters in the Queensland cattle industry.

“It’s well known Federal Labor went into the last election promising to ban live sheep exports and at the 2018 Queensland Labor Party Conference a motion was put to transition away from all live exports by 2030.

“Queensland farmers have zero faith in Labor when it comes to supporting the all-important live export industry.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is anti-farmer, anti-regions and cannot be trusted.

“Only the Liberal National Party supports Queensland’s world class job-creating livestock export industry.”

Premier shamed by Mason Lee coronial report

2nd June 2020

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk must take responsibility for the systemic and shocking failure of Queensland’s child protection system revealed in today’s Coroner’s report into the death of toddler Mason Jett Lee.

LNP Shadow Health Minister and Act for Mason patron Ros Bates said the Palaszczuk Labor Government could not be allowed to pass the buck to individuals within the Department of Child Safety.

“The system should have saved Mason Jett Lee, but instead it left him to be killed by a monster,” Ms Bates said.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government should be ashamed of its failure to protect Mason and all the kids who have died needlessly in the last five years.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk must take personal responsibility for once.

“The buck stops with the Premier.

“The child protection system is broken from the top down.

“Labor has shown time and again that it is incapable of fixing the system. We are seeing more disturbing cases all the time.

“We need a new government to fix this mess and properly protect vulnerable kids.”

LNP Shadow Child Safety Minister Stephen Bennett said the Coroner’s report had condemned the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s failure to implement key recommendations from the 2013 Carmody Commission of Inquiry.

“We need an overhaul of our child protection system, but Labor has shown it is incapable of delivering it,” Mr Bennett said.

“Adoption should be considered for poor kids like Mason Jett Lee. Our system should make protecting vulnerable kids its top priority.

“Sadly, Labor is more interested in protecting themselves than protecting vulnerable kids.”

No one’s buying what Labor’s selling

1st June 2020

Labor’s latest procurement policy announcement proves the Palaszczuk Government has been misleading the public about its support for local jobs for the past three years.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said no one should believe Labor’s pledge to back Queensland’s local businesses and workers following years of controversial contract decisions which have cost jobs in communities across the state.

“Labor’s repeated pledges to ‘Buy Queensland’ were false,” Ms Frecklington.

“Labor have duped Queenslanders on this issue so many times that no one can believe them.

“This is simply more spin from a State Government that cares more about creating headlines than creating jobs for everyday Queenslanders. No one’s buying Labor’s spin anymore.

“The LNP committed to a small business procurement target months ago. Labor has been too slow to act and given their track record, no one believes them.

“Just today it was revealed, the Palaszczuk government couldn’t even meet their current 30 days terms with a $170 million blowout for 1400 small businesses in Queensland health alone in the last three months of last year.

“One business alone was owed almost a million dollars, proving Labor simply can’t be trusted.

“An LNP Government will always make sure that local businesses get their fair share of State Government contracts,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Only the LNP will protect local jobs and back small business.”

QON: https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2020/376-2020.pdf