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LNP resources plan will get Queensland working again

28th October 2020

A Deb Frecklington LNP Government will deliver a comprehensive plan to supercharge state’s resources sector to deliver a decade of secure jobs for Queenslanders.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the LNP would provide secure jobs and royalty security as part of a plan to get Queensland working again.

“Queenslanders have a clear choice between an anti-resources Labor government that stalls mining projects and shuts projects down like New Acland Stage 3, or the LNP which will fast track approvals and open up the Galilee Basin,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Queensland has the worst unemployment rate in the nation with more than 209,000 people out of work, so it is essential that we lock in our existing jobs and have a vision to grow our resources sector – something our 10-year royalties guarantee provides.

“The LNP is the only party with a comprehensive plan for rural and regional Queensland’s resources industry and to secure the thousands of jobs the sector will deliver.”

The LNP’s plan to support the gas and resources industry includes:

  • Open up the Galilee Basin to develop $50 billion worth of projects that will support 15,000 jobs
  • A new Queensland Infrastructure Fund to collect and invest royalties from the Galilee Basin in new infrastructure across the state
  • A 10-year royalties guarantee to provide investment certainty for the resources industry
  • A commitment of $8 million for minerals exploration
  • Cutting the crippling electricity costs faced by the mineral sector
  • A dedicated Deputy Coordinator-General to manage the coordinated development of the all-important North-West Minerals Provence, based in Townsville
  • An energy audit to look at how we can bring down bills for industry and encourage more investment that creates jobs
  • A commitment to fully implement the CopperString 2.0 in partnership with the Federal Government
  • A new Queensland Resources Industry Commissioner to promote the state to international investors (a position terminated by the Palaszczuk Labor Government)
  • A faster approvals process, with key performance indicators tracked and published to restore industry confidence in the Queensland Government.

LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and North Queensland Dale Last said the LNP’s plan for Queensland also includes a no-new-tax guarantee and cheaper electricity prices for regional areas, delivered through the introduction of retail price competition.

“The LNP’s plan will support businesses throughout the resources supply chain by saving manufactures around 20% on their electricity costs under the new $493 million scheme,” Mr Last said.

“The LNP is committed to providing the regulatory and investment framework for long term growth to benefit thousands of workers throughout Queensland.

“Those jobs ensure the survival of many regional communities – including many throughout my electorate.

“The LNP is also the only party that has a plan to properly develop the $680 billion North-West Minerals Province as well as thousands of jobs that will flow across North Queensland.

“As we travel across North Queensland people tell us that Labor has no clear strategy for developing the North West Minerals Province.

“That’s not good enough and that is why the LNP is acting.

“Only the LNP has a plan to ensure the safety of hard working miners by undertaking a parliamentary inquiry into mine safety after Labor’s atrocious track record.

“Only the LNP will restore confidence and secure the new investment that the regions are crying out for – and we’ll start by approving the New Acland expansion.

“Only the LNP has a plan to create a stronger economy and to get Queensland working again.”

LNP funding boost to kick and shoot goals for grassroots sports

27th October 2020

LNP funding boost to kick and shoot goals for grassroots sports

The LNP’s 68.4 million infrastructure investment fund, includes

  • $21.4 million for grass roots community clubs
  • $15 million upgrade to Ballymore Park
  • $2.5 million for Townsville District Rugby Union’s high performance facility
  • $10 million to upgrade Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay
  • $20 million to upgrade Sunshine Coast Stadium

A Deb Frecklington LNP Government will kick and shoot goals for grassroots sporting clubs with a $68.4 million infrastructure investment, creating 212 jobs for tradies across Queensland.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the funding boost would enable grassroots sporting clubs run by mum and dad volunteers to upgrade local facilities.

“We have a plan to provide some of the best local sporting facilities in Australia whether you’re a junior having a run around on a Saturday morning, enjoying a game with your mates or aspiring to reach the elite level,” Ms Frecklington said.

“We’ll also be putting steps in place to fix Labor’s sports rorts fiasco to ensure integrity is returned to the grants process and that funding is reaching those that need it most.

“The LNP’s package will include a $15 million redevelopment of Ballymore Park into a world-class sports precinct and community facility matching the Federal Government’s $15 million commitment to get this project underway.

“We’ll also commit $2.5 million towards a major redevelopment of Townsville District Rugby Union’s high performance facility, including new male and female change rooms, renovated fields and upgraded facilities.

“Regional infrastructure upgrades will also be rolled out in Mackay and on the Sunshine Coast.

“The LNP was the first to propose a major $20 million expansion of the Sunshine Coast Stadium in a major upgrade to local facilities.

“And we have committed $10 million to upgrade the Great Barrier Reef Arena in Mackay, in partnership with the Federal Government to secure more national and international sporting teams to the region.”

LNP Shadow Sports Minister John-Paul Langbroek said measures would be put in place to fix the grants process.

“It’s time to end Labor’s sports rorts scandal and the interference of trouble-prone Labor Minister Mick de Brenni,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Under an LNP Government, the Sports Minister won’t be allowed to intervene in the grant approvals process and ignore the advice of the Department.

“We will ensure the Department’s Director-General is required to sign-off on any approved grant applications for the Minister’s electorate, to restore integrity and confidence in the system.

“Better record keeping will also be put in place as a priority, a key recommendation from the Auditor-General.”

LNP fund to back business innovation

27th October 2020

A Deb Frecklington LNP Government will back in Queensland’s manufacturing ingenuity with an $8 million innovation fund to develop new products and capability.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the fund would target new product development such as the Mainetec’s Hulk Excavator Bucket Range, which the Mackay-based company has spent more than two years investing and developing.

“If Queensland businesses are prepared to back themselves through innovation, the LNP is prepared to back them, dollar for dollar,” Ms Frecklington said.

“We will also provide $25,000 matching competitive grants as part of a $5 million investment fund for manufacturers seeking to invest in new information communication technology hardware or software.

“An LNP Government will make sure that the digital technology that is driving advances in global manufacturing is available and accessible to Queensland manufacturers.”

LNP Candidate for Mackay Chris Bonanno said local businesses would welcome manufacturing being is front and centre of the LNP’s bold economic plan for Queensland.

“The final days of this campaign are crucial for the businesses and people of the Mackay region,” Mr Bonanno said.

“We’ve seen more than 4,300 jobs lost across this region under the anti-regions, anti-jobs Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Labor has damaged this region’s vital resources, agriculture and tourism sectors and squeezed struggling families with more taxes, higher rego and sky-high electricity prices.

“We’ve promised a no-new-tax guarantee, a $20m Built-in-Queensland initiative, less red-tape, 20% lower energy costs, $13 million for new product development and digital connectivity, direct investments to secure manufacturing jobs and commitment to transition to 100% government manufacturing procurement to Queensland companies.

“The LNP will also open up the Galilee Basin after years of Labor’s delaying tactics – paving the way for 15,000 secure resource industry jobs.

“We will spend $50 million upgrading the Peak Downs Highway, delivering certainty for freight and industry right across our region.”

LNP Candidate for Whitsunday Amanda Camm said this election would be a turning point for the region.

“Labor’s soft on crime policies have sent crime in Mackay through the roof – with robbery up 105% and car theft up 146%,” Ms Camm said.

“Labor works for Brisbane, not Mackay and Whitsundays, and that’s why you can’t trust them with the future of our resources industry, tourism and agriculture.

“The LNP’s economic plan will create new jobs, lower the cost of living and stop Labor’s crime wave.

“The LNP’s $300 rego rebate for every car owner would pump almost $43m into the region’s economy before Christmas – helping to create and protect local jobs.

“As well as putting $300 straight into the bank account of anyone who has a registered car or light commercial vehicle, the LNP’s plan will create 100,000 jobs by four-laning the Bruce Highway.

“Only an LNP Government will unlock this region’s potential, invest for growth and create a decade of secure jobs.”

LNP to boost student welfare services

26th October 2020

An LNP Government will improve student welfare and provide extra support services in schools to take the pressure off hard-working teachers and parents.

Party leader Deb Frecklington today announced an LNP Government would invest $15m to expand chaplaincy services to an additional 240 state schools and a further $5m to support school-based anti-bullying initiatives.

Around a quarter of Queensland’s state schools have no chaplaincy service and bullying remains a major problem in many schools, Ms Frecklington said.

“One of the big challenges for teachers is that they often become part-time counsellors, nurses and carers, when their primary job is teaching,” Ms Frecklington.

“School chaplains take pressure of our teachers and give children and young people valuable support and guidance – which is why they are so popular with schools and parents.

“This year many school fund-raising activities have been prevented by coronavirus, so the LNP will step up to ensure these important activities continue and spread to more schools.”

Ms Frecklington said the anti-bullying program would provide grants of up to $10,000 to at least 500 state schools to invest in tailored anti-bullying initiatives for local schools.

Shadow Education Minister Jarrod Bleijie said an LNP Government would be focused on improving education results and ensuring every Queensland child reaches their full potential.

The LNP’s plan for education also includes:

  • A $1.05 billion commitment to hire an additional 3350 teachers and 760 teacher aides over the next four years – 1160 more teachers than Labor has pledged.
  • Air-conditioning every state school classroom in Queensland.
  • Decluttering the curriculum to ensure teachers and students can get back to basics, with more teaching of English, maths and science.
  • Introducing phonics screening in Year 1 to boost literacy.
  • Continuing the successful Independent Public Schools program.

Mr Bleijie said an LNP Government would also prioritise the provision of guidance officers for state schools, working with schools to increase access.

Guidance officers, who are professional teachers, provide advice and counselling on educational, behavioural and personal issues, as well mental health and wellbeing support.

“It’s important that schools are provided with the specialist skills and support they need to help students overcome challenges and reach their full potential,” Mr Bleijie said.

“An LNP Government will invest in education and ensure teachers and students are able to achieve the best possible education results.

“It is not acceptable that NAPLAN scores are going backwards under Labor.

“The LNP will not fail students like Labor. Our children need a secure economic future and that won’t happen without a comprehensive plan to boost education.

“The LNP’s plan will mean a better education for our kids and a secure future for Queensland.”

Labor is last on economic ladder – again

26th October 2020

Queensland has been rated as the joint worst-performing state in CommSec’s latest national economic report card.

The October State of the States report put Queensland level with Western Australia in joint sixth place.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Queensland’s poor result was further proof of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s five years of economic failure.

“Queensland needs a majority LNP Government to lead our economy out of recession,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The LNP’s $300 rego rebate will inject $1.15 billion into the economy by Christmas and provide major cost of living relief for Queensland families and small business owners.

“Only one party can provide the economic leadership that Queensland needs.

“Only the LNP has a plan to create a decade of secure jobs and get Queensland working again.”

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the report was another stark reminder of why Labor can’t be trusted to lead Queensland out of recession.

“Under Labor, Queensland has had the highest unemployment rate in the nation for the past four years and they cancelled the Budget,” Mr Mander said.

“Labor are literally flying blind through the biggest economic crisis in almost a century, with no Budget and no economic plan.

“Our unemployment rate is the worst in the nation because Queensland has the worst government in the nation.

“Queensland’s unemployment rate is even worse than Victoria’s, despite Melbourne being in lockdown.

“Queenslanders can’t afford another four years of Labor.”

Queensland’s CommSec ratings –

• 7th on economic growth
• 7th on equipment investment
• 7th on unemployment
• 6th on construction work
• 5th on housing finance
• 6th on dwelling starts
• 6th on wage growth

LNP watchdog to end Labor’s water rip-off

26th October 2020

An LNP Government will save South-East Queensland households hundreds of dollars by introducing a new water watchdog.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said she would give the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) the power to monitor the performance and pricing of water retailers across the region.

Market regulators are driving down water prices in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra – but the Palaszczuk Labor Government has refused to follow suit despite the QCA urging reform in 2015.

“Households and businesses across South-East Queensland will save hundreds of dollars off their water bills under the LNP’s plan,” Ms Frecklington said.

“An LNP Government will end Labor’s water rort for good.

“Queenslanders are getting ripped off by the Palaszczuk Labor Government every time they turn on the tap.

“Queensland is one of the few states where large urban water utilities are completely unregulated, which drives up water costs because monopolies become inefficient.

“People in South-East Queensland are paying more for their water under Labor than residents in any other metropolitan region in Australia.

“It’s not good enough that some families are paying nearly $700 more on their annual water bill than Sydneysiders.

“Performance monitoring should have been introduced more than five years ago, but Labor has been too lazy to do anything about it.

“The LNP’s performance monitoring plan will save families up to $620 over the next four years.

“Queenslanders work too hard for their money to literally pour it down the drain.

“This is a smart policy that will save households real money.

“Independent economic regulators in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra are delivering savings to households, but water bills in southeast Queensland just keep going up and up.”

This year the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal reduced household annual water bills by 7%, saving the average household $80.

Similar savings can be achieved across South-East Queensland through oversight from the Queensland Competition Authority.

When the QCA undertook price monitoring investigations of water retailers between 2010 and 2015, it identified $211.85 million of cost savings for South-East Queensland retailers.

However, the Palaszczuk Labor Government has not instructed the QCA to undertake any performance investigations for the last five years.

LNP delivers more and cheaper before and after school care to working families

22nd October 2020

The LNP has unveiled plans to create 30,000 additional places in before and after school care programs to lower costs for working families across Queensland.

An LNP Government will invest $80 million in major upgrades to expand school facilities and increase available places and subsidise childcare training to address chronic worker shortages.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the plan would create 30,000 additional places in outside school hours care programs.

“The LNP will provide more places and more options for working parents across Queensland,” Ms Frecklington said.

“More places mean lower costs for the families of 340,000 kids in our primary schools.

“High costs of care are a major barrier for many parents re-entering the workforce.

“Many parents want to access cheaper before and after school care programs but the service is either not provided in their area or there aren’t any spots available.

“Boosting before and after school care programs in Queensland means more kids can be kept engaged at school in a safe environment.

“Chronic staffing shortages will be tackled with a $10 million investment to subsidise child care training courses for at least 10,000 more workers.

“Our plan will make training for childcare jobseekers free under the Certificate 3 guarantee program.

“It’s a big win for tradies as well with 186 construction jobs created through upgrades to school infrastructure like playgrounds and school facilities.

“The LNP will harness the potential of Queensland’s education system to ease the burden on working families and make it easier for parents who want to re-enter the workforce.

“It’s part of my vision to make Queensland the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

Under the new policy, participating public primary schools will open their playgrounds, halls or classrooms for before and after school care and school holiday care from 7am to 6pm.

An LNP Government will pay the co-contribution fee up to $1,000 for childcare jobseekers.

This will provide free training under the Cert 3 Guarantee program for at least 10,000 workers and a major incentive for jobseekers looking to reskill and change careers.

A new unit will be established in the Department of Education to coordinate agreements with before and after school care providers.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said schools that opt in will receive upgraded facilities as well.

“A centralised unit in the Department of Education will take the burden off principals and P&Cs,” Mr Mander said.

“The LNP’s plan will use our schools smarter so mums and dads across Queensland can benefit.

“It’s all part of the LNP’s plan to get Queensland working again.”

The LNP’s funding boost will provide:

  • $60 million to expand and upgrade playground and school facilities to accommodate before and after school care, to increase the number of places available for working families.
  • $10 million to address chronic staffing shortages through subsidised training under a child care worker training course for at least 10,000 more workers.
  • $10 million to establish a centralised unit in the Department of Education to coordinate before and after school care agreements.

LNP’s doubles move to get hoons off our streets

20th October 2020

The LNP has doubled its commitment to new technology which will shred the tyres of dangerous drivers after the plan received overwhelming positive feedback from the Gold Coast community.

On the Gold Coast today with LNP MP for Currumbin Laura Gerber, LNP Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie said $1 million would now be invested in rolling-out road treatments that erode rubber when a car performs a burn-out or skids.

“Hooning gangs have caused misery for communities and put the lives of law-abiding motorists at risk,” Mr Purdie said.

“The support from the community for the LNP’s attack plan to roll out tyre-shredding road surfaces in burnout hotspots has been incredible.

“Doubling the investment will allow an LNP Government to put the road technology in 80 locations.

“It’s time to get hoons off our streets and make communities safe again.”

Ms Gerber said communities were being plagued by gangs like the Mexican Hoon Cartel, whose members post burnout videos online, destroy property and have attacked QPS officers.

“Rolling out more tyre-shredding surfaces will stop hoons from causing mayhem outside people’s homes,” Ms Gerber said.

“The LNP will crack down on hoons because everyone deserves safer roads and safer communities.

“Right now hoons are laughing at the law and the soft Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“The LNP will launch a three-pronged anti-hooning strategy to put the brakes on the Gold Coast’s hooning problem.

“Currumbin wants more jobs and less crime and that’s what an LNP Government will deliver;

The LNP’s plan includes

  1. 100 new covert CCTV cameras: Based on a successful initiative in WA, the cameras will be located in hooning hotspots and provide a direct feed to police stations and officer iPads across Queensland. A future LNP Government will provide $750,000 to fund the scheme.
  2. Tyre-shredding road surfaces in burnout hotspots: The LNP will fund the $1 million roll-out of an anti-skid road treatment being trialled by Brisbane City Council. The road surface quickly erodes rubber when a car performs a burn-out or skids, but causes no damage when vehicles are driven appropriately. The roll-out would enable 80 burnout hotspots to be treated.
  3. Anti-hooning gang laws: The LNP will introduce a new offence to apply specifically to members of established hooning gangs. The offence will impose an additional 3-year driving ban on hoons whose cars are impounded, immobilised or confiscated, rising to 5 years for repeat offenders.

Queensland to regain tourism top spot with LNP’s marketing blitz

20th October 2020

A Deb Frecklington LNP Government will deliver Queensland’s largest ever marketing tourism blitz to overtake Victoria in the battle for tourism jobs.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the $50 million destination marketing blitz would ensure the LNP wins the battle to get Australian tourists back to Queensland’s tourism hotspots.

*Audio of Deb Frecklington’s media conference today is attached*

“Our marketing blitz will claw back our share of tourists which we’ve lost to Victoria in recent years, attracting two million more visitors, spending an additional $1.7 billion in Queensland,” Ms Frecklington said.

“That means more jobs for Queenslanders, as part of our plan to supercharge the economy and lead the state out of recession.

“Many Australians are planning their next Christmas holiday and I want them here in places like Yeppoon, or Cairns, Whitsundays, Gold or Sunshine Coasts, the Outback or other great Queensland destinations.

“There’s nowhere else like Queensland’s unique destinations, but under Labor visitors have stopped coming.”

The latest Tourism Research Australia data shows that Victoria had 22.7 million overnight trips compared to Queensland’s 20.4 million in 2019-20.

Before coronavirus, Queensland had the second-lowest growth in both domestic visitor numbers and visitor spend of all states, and lost market share in total visitors, visitor expenditure and visitor nights.

LNP Candidate for Keppel Adrian De Groot said LNP’s blitz would support projects like the LNP’s commitment to the Keppel Bay Sailing Club’s Convention and Sporting Hub.

“The LNP has committed $10 million to deliver this upgrade and create 298 construction jobs and 272 direct new hospitality jobs right here in the heart of Yeppoon,” Mr De Groot said.

“But Queensland needs the tourists to continue to support our investment. It’s unforgiveable that Queensland is languishing behind Victoria for tourist numbers.

“Our plan will support a suite of Destination Tourism Plans which are properly resourced and targeted and measured with publicly available key performance indicators.”

 

LNP to make Queensland the Recycling State

19th October 2020

An LNP Government will open a solar panel recycling facility in South-East Queensland and work with councils to build new roads from recycled plastic as part of a visionary plan to create new jobs and protect our environment.

Announcing her plan to make Queensland the Recycling State, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said her government would invest in developing recycling technology and creating new green industries.

The LNP’s plan will also impose a ban on all batteries and electronic goods – including TVs and laptops – from going into landfill.

“Labor are great at recycling promises, but not waste,” Ms Frecklington said.

“An LNP Government will make Queensland the Recycling State.

“The LNP’s plan will stop tens of thousands of tonnes of solar panels from going into landfill.

“We will also work with councils to build major roads from recycled plastic for the first time.

“And the LNP will stop batteries and other electronic waste from going into landfill too.

“We know that green roads work – but they haven’t had any backing from the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“That will change with an LNP Government. We will make Queensland the nation’s leader in recycling and recycling waste.”

Redlands City Council worked with a local recycling firm to resurface a 1km stretch of road in Cleveland in 2019.

The LNP will invest $50m and work with councils to build a new wave of roads from recycled plastic waste, including bottles and bags.

The LNP will partner with business to launch Australia’s first solar panel recycling plant.

“The LNP’s recycling plan will create jobs and protect our environment,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.

“Building green roads and recycling solar panels will help get Queenslanders back to work.

“Only the LNP has a plan that protects the environment and creates jobs.”

The LNP’s plan to make Queensland the Recycling State will:

  • Build green roads from recycled plastic
    More than 80% of road asphalt can be made from recycled products and Cleveland already has a 1km green road. The LNP’s $50m trial will increase green road construction and develop new guidelines for future road-building projects.
  • Establish a solar panel recycling industry
    Without future action, more than 100,000 tonnes of solar panels are predicted to enter Australia’s waste stream by 2035. The LNP will initiate a reverse auction to establish a solar panel recycling facility in Queensland, delivering a new capability for the state and ensuring value for taxpayers.
  • Ban batteries and e-waste from landfill
    Electronic waste contains valuable non-renewable resources like gold, copper, zinc, and aluminium, as well as hazardous materials. An LNP Government will expand recovery facilities and launch a public education to reduce e-waste going into landfill before legislating a ban on the practice by 2024.
  • Support recycling research and development
    The LNP will work with Queensland universities to establish centres of recycling excellence to encourage innovation in the industry.
  • Fast-track approvals for recycling infrastructure
    An LNP Government will fast-track planning approvals for new and better recycling infrastructure.

Deb’s plan to get older and long-term unemployed back to work

19th October 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has announced her plan to help long-term unemployed and older jobseekers get back into the workforce.

Under Labor, Queensland has the highest number of long-term jobseekers in the nation with 42,800 people out of work for 12 months or longer.

The LNP will launch a $15.5 million plan to get mature age and long-term jobseekers back to work, including:

  • $9 million for up-skilling and coordinating mature age and long-term jobseekers to get back to work
  • $6 million for a work re-entry internship program for 600 mature age and long-term jobseekers
  • $0.5 million for a statewide Experience Counts campaign

Ms Frecklington said the long-term unemployment crisis began years before COVID and that Labor had no plan and no Budget to get Queenslanders working again.

“Our plan to build a stronger economy includes $15.5 million to help mature age and long-term jobseekers get back to work,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Under Labor, there are 42,800 Queensland mature age and long-term jobseekers out of work – the highest of any state in Australia.

“The LNP has a plan to support mature age and long-term jobseekers to get back to work.

“I want to see an end to the negativity that mature age and long-term jobseekers often experience.

“I believe they are often just as capable, just as adaptable and just as willing to roll up their sleeves and take up a new challenge.

“This funding will deliver a coordination program for jobseekers, support businesses to hire, and a state-wide Experience Counts campaign to promote the benefits of mature age and long-term jobseekers.

“While these forgotten Queenslanders have been left behind by Labor, the LNP has a plan to get Queensland working again.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Employment and Small Business, Training and Skills Development Fiona Simpson said: “Our plan includes a $9 million job match program to coordinate the placement of mature age and long-term jobseekers.

“We will provide the training that allows them to match their skills and interests with the needs of the labour market,” Ms Simpson said.

“An LNP Government will also provide a $6 million work re-entry internship program to help businesses give mature age and long-term jobseekers a go.

“The re-entry internship program will pay 100% of a jobseeker’s salary for the first month and 50% for the second month for 600 mature age and long-term jobseekers.

“When hiring a new employee, it’s not about age rather it’s about getting the right person to fit a business’ needs.”

Worst regions for mature-age jobseekers (aged 45 and over):

  • There are 8400 more mature age jobseekers across Queensland since January 2015 (a 21.1% increase)
  • 5600 more across Greater Brisbane
  • 2100 more on Gold Coast
  • 500 more in Cairns and Townsville (combined)
  • 400 more in the Outback

Worst regions for long-term jobseekers (out of work for 12 months or longer)

  • 7700 more long-term jobseekers across Queensland since January 2015 (22% increase)
  • 3300 more in Wide Bay
  • 3000 more in the Outback
  • 1800 more in Central Queensland
  • 700 more in Mackay / Whitsunday

Queensland unemployment worst in nation

15th October 2020

Queensland has the worst unemployment rate in the nation according to today’s ABS figures – with even locked-down Victoria having a lower jobless rate.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the dire Queensland result (7.7%) was further proof of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s economic failure over five years.

Earlier today, Ms Frecklington announced that a future LNP Government would set an unemployment rate target of 5 per cent.

“Queensland has had the worst unemployment record in Australia for the last four years thanks to Labor,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Queensland is used to be being bottom of the unemployment table, but it is shocking that this state is still performing worse than Victoria where the economy is still in lockdown.

“These grim figures do not lie. There are now more than 209,000 Queenslanders out of work.

“Queensland has lost more than 50,000 jobs since February.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor cannot run the Queensland economy.

“Labor cannot provide the jobs and secure future that Queenslanders need.

“Labor have no plan and no Budget. They cannot be trusted with Queensland’s future.

“Only the LNP has plan to create 150,000 jobs and lead Queensland out of recession.

“The LNP’s plan will begin by giving Queensland drivers an immediate $300 rego rebate to kickstart our economy before Christmas.

“An LNP Government will build new roads, dams and bridges across Queensland to create new jobs and drive our economic recovery.

“The LNP will set a 5 per cent target. If you don’t have a target, like Labor, you don’t have focus and you simply aren’t working hard enough.

“The LNP’s target of 5 per cent will mean Queensland’s economy is growing and jobs are being created.

“This election is about who has a plan for jobs and recovery. These figures prove that Labor doesn’t.

“Only an LNP Government will get Queensland working again.”

LNP sets 5% unemployment target

15th October 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has today announced that an LNP Government will set an unemployment target of five per cent.

“The LNP will set an unemployment target of 5 per cent to get Queensland working again,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The 200,000 Queenslanders who are out of work right now need a government with an economic plan to achieve a jobs target.

“Labor has no Budget, no plan and no unemployment target.

“If you don’t set targets, you don’t have focus and you simply aren’t working hard enough.

“The LNP’s target of 5 per cent will mean Queensland’s economy is growing and jobs are being created.

“The LNP’s economic plan will create 150,000 jobs by investing in job-creating infrastructure, lowering taxes and reducing electricity prices.

“Only the LNP has a plan to stimulate the economy, create a decade of secure jobs and lead Queensland out of this recession.”

 

LNP to scrap Labor’s $2300 Grey Nomad Tax

13th October 2020

An LNP Government will create jobs and boost Queensland tourism by repealing Labor’s heartless Grey Nomad Tax.

Scrapping Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad’s tax on campervans will save Queensland buyers an average of $2,300.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said ditching the tax would save seniors money, encourage more drive tourism in Queensland and support local manufacturing jobs.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad ripped $4 billion out of our economy with nine new and increased taxes,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The Grey Nomad Tax was announced two days before the last election and it’s ripping millions of dollars off retirees every year.

“The LNP supports lower taxes to support jobs, so this tax will be axed in the LNP’s first Budget.

“Queenslanders who have worked hard for their whole lives should not be slugged with extra taxes by Labor.

“I want seniors to buy more Queensland-made campervans and explore our great state.

“This plan means more jobs for Queensland campervan manufacturers and more money for businesses that depend on regional tourism.

“Only the LNP has a plan to stimulate the economy, create a decade of secure jobs and lead Queensland out of recession.”

Ms Frecklington visited a campervan manufacturer in Redcliffe with local LNP candidate Kerri-Anne Dooley and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander to make the announcement today.

“The Grey Nomad Tax is one of Labor’s meanest taxes and I’m delighted that the LNP will ditch it within 100 days,” Ms Dooley said.

“It’s not right to make seniors pay thousands of dollars in extra taxes just because they want to travel our state and enjoy their retirement.”

“Scrapping this tax will be good news for seniors, good for campervan businesses and good for the tourism industry,” Mr Mander said.

“Taxes destroy jobs, which is why the tax-addicted Palaszczuk Labor Government has delivered the worst unemployment rate in Australia for the last four years.

“Only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government will scrap the Grey Nomad Tax and get Queensland working again.”

Labor’s Grey Nomad Tax increased the transfer duty on new and second-hand campervans above $100,000.

With the average cost of a new motorhome or campervan being $140,000, the LNP’s policy will save buyers of new vehicles an average of $2800 in tax per sale.

The saving on a second-hand motorhome sold for $110,000 would be $2,200.

LNP plan to reduce surgery waiting lists

12th October 2020

An LNP Government will invest $300 million in a surgery blitz to clear the backlog of Queenslanders stranded on Labor’s growing waiting list.

The plan to reduce waiting lists runs parallel with the LNP’s $1.3 billion investment to recruit nearly 4500 more nurses, doctors, paramedics and allied health workers.

The LNP’s $300 million will fast-track the surgeries of nearly 56,000 patients across Queensland through a partnership with the private sector to reduce waiting lists.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said her plan would ensure Queenslanders can get the surgery they need when they need it.

“The LNP will clear Labor’s backlog so Queenslanders can get healthy and get on with their lives,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The surgery waiting list has grown by almost 26,000 patients in just five years under Labor.

“Every day Queenslanders are waiting is another day of worry, pain or financial hardship from not working.

“People get sicker on the waiting list and often can become dependent on pain killers as well.

“Our plan will undo the damage Labor has done to the health system over the last five years.”

Ms Frecklington said hard-working nurses, doctors and paramedics needed more resources on the front line to clear waiting lists and improve patient care.

“The LNP cleared the dental long-wait list when we were in government by partnering with the private sector and we will do it again with the elective surgery waiting list,” she said.

“Under the LNP’s plan, we will partner with private hospitals to clear the surgery waiting list.

“There is no point having empty beds in private hospitals when Queenslanders are waiting for surgery.

“Unlike Labor, the LNP will focus on patient care and ensure they are seen within clinically recommended times.

“Labor has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on multiple failed IT projects and tearing down a pioneering woman’s name from the children’s hospital.

“The LNP’s waiting list plan means more jobs and better health care.”

LNP Candidate for Hervey Bay Steve Coleman said local health services have gone backwards under Labor, with the waiting list for surgery at the Hervey Bay Hospital increasing by 51% since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.

There are 1430 people waiting for surgery in Wide Bay while there are 658 waiting at Hervey Bay Hospital.

“The LNP will invest $10 million to reduce the surgery wait list here in the Wide Bay,” Mr Coleman said.

“There are two private hospitals here – the St Stephen's Hospital and the Hervey Bay Surgical Hospital – and we will use those hospitals to clear the waiting list.

“There’s a huge retiree population in Hervey Bay so delivering world-class health services is vitally important.

“The people of Hervey Bay can’t trust Labor with our health services.

“The wait list at Hervey Bay wouldn’t have doubled if Labor could properly manage the health system.

“Labor is not looking after patients - they are only looking after themselves.

“Our plan to build a stronger economy means more investment in health services and better patient care.”

LNP defence precinct to create 850 jobs

12th October 2020

An LNP Government will partner with Rheinmetall Defence Australia to build a new technology precinct at Redbank that will create 850 new jobs for Queenslanders.

Ms Frecklington announced the job-boosting project at the company’s Redbank base today alongside Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

 Construction of the precinct – which will include a $25m training academy and research centre – will begin by the end of this year if the LNP wins the October 31 state election.

 The precinct will create 350 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs once operational.

 “This project will build on the $5.2 billion deal between the Morrison Federal Government and Rheinmetall that is already bringing highly-skilled and secure manufacturing jobs to Brisbane and Ipswich,” Ms Frecklington said.

 “The LNP’s partnership with Rheinmetall will support new defence technologies, create new advanced manufacturing jobs and train more apprentices.

 “An LNP Government will deliver real training for real-world jobs.

 “A trade qualification that can be used in defence industries is a secure job for a career.

 “This is about securing a real economic future for Queensland.

 “If the LNP wins on October 31, there will be shovels in the ground here by December 31.

 “Only the LNP has a plan to create 100,000 new jobs and lead Queensland out of recession.”

 The $135m Land Systems Technology Precinct (LTSP) would be built by an LNP Government and leased back by Rheinmetall.

 Rheinmetall will manage the precinct and the company has already attracted significant interest from other collaborators including the Australian Army, QUT, the CSIRO and other Queensland companies.

 The precinct will focus on the research and development of new products for the Australian Army and international customers, including autonomous vehicles and 3D-printed military equipment.

 As part of its agreement with a future LNP Government, Rheinmetall Defence will also invest $25 million to establish an academy to train new apprentices for the defence industry and an integrated research and product development centre.

“An LNP Government will invest for growth and supercharge Queensland’s manufacturing sector,” LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said.

 “As well as this co-investment, the LNP will support Rheinmetall by ruling out any new taxes.

 “Only the LNP has a plan to stimulate the economy, create a decade of secure jobs and lead Queensland out of recession.”

 LNP Candidate for Bundamba Rob Shearman, who served in the Australian Army for 23 years, said the training academy would help skill young people in the electorate.

 “The number of people completing apprenticeships and traineeships has collapsed by a third under the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Mr Shearman said.

 “Labor is denying a future to 70,000 unemployed young Queenslanders because they don’t have an economic plan.

 “Only the LNP will deliver real training for real jobs and lead Queensland out of recession.”

  The new project will ensure that more than 1,000 defence jobs are located at Rheinmetall’s Redbank base.

LNP laws will target bikies and gun crime

12th October 2020

The fatal shooting of a notorious gang boss at Pimpama shows that the bikies are back on the Gold Coast, the LNP said today.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today assured Gold Coast residents that she would re-introduce the LNP’s proven and effective bikie laws and launch a new crackdown on gun crime.

“Serious crime has surged since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Labor is failing to protect Queenslanders and are allowing organised and armed criminals to thrive.

“Labor’s soft laws have rolled out the red carpet to criminal bikie gangs.

“This cold-blooded killing is another reminder that the bikies have come back under Labor.

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

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

“The surge in organised criminal gangs and bikie shootings warrant tougher measures to end gun violence in Queensland.

“Labor has failed to protect the community, but an LNP Government will take swift action to crack down on armed crime and bikie gangs.”

LNP Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie, a former QPS officer, said the latest bikie violence had sent a shockwave through the Gold Coast.

“The bikies are operating without fear in Queensland,” Mr Purdie said.

“Only the LNP will stamp out bikie violence and crack down on the use of guns by criminals.”

The LNP introduced new laws into Parliament last year to deliver a new offence to cover drive by shootings, increase penalties for gun crime, and disrupt the manufacture of 3D-printed firearms – but Labor blocked the legislation (full details below).

The proposals will become law in Queensland if the LNP wins the October 31 state election.

Deb’s $300 Rego Rebate will drive our recovery

12th October 2020

Every Queenslander who owns a registered car will receive a $300 Rego Rebate before Christmas if the LNP wins the state election on October 31.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Rego Rebate would inject $1.15 billion into Queensland’s economy as part of her plan to create jobs and lead the state out of recession.

“This is a stimulus payment to give Queensland’s economy a Christmas kickstart,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The LNP’s Rego Rebate will put $300 straight into the bank accounts of Queensland drivers.

 “Queensland has had the worst unemployment in the nation for the last four years and our small businesses are on their knees.

 “An LNP Government will take direct action to stimulate the economy and create new jobs.

 “The LNP’s $300 Rego Rebate will give Queenslanders more cash to spend this Christmas, delivering a $1.15 billion boost for struggling shops, cafes and other small businesses.

 “Labor has smashed drivers with a massive $120 rego hike, but the LNP will give $300 back to drivers.

 “The LNP’s Rego Rebate will help to drive Queensland’s economic recovery.

 “I’m asking Queenslanders to go out and spend their $300.

 “Please spend it on your family, spend it with local businesses, spend it to make your Christmas better. Your spending will save Queensland jobs.”

 Queenslanders with a registered car on 1 November 2020 will get the LNP’s $300 Rego Rebate.

 The rebate will be payable on every registered car, so two-car households will get $600.

 Around 3.8 million cars will be covered by the Rego Rebate.

 And drivers won’t have to wait until rego renewal time to claim their cash.

 The rebate will be paid in December through the Federal Government’s Services Australia online portal, under an agreement with Government Services Minister Stuart Roberts.

 The same payment system has been used by the ACT and Victorian governments to distribute COVID stimulus payments.

 LNP Shadow Treasurer and Deputy Leader Tim Mander said the Palaszczuk Labor Government had hiked rego by 20% since 2015 – driving up rego bills by up to $120 a year.

 “Labor have targeted drivers with inflation-busting rego increases year after year,” Mr Mander said.

“Drivers have used their car less because of COVID restrictions, so it’s only fair that they pay less rego this year.”

 rucks, car dealerships and car rental firms will not qualify for the rebate.

 The $300 Rego Rebate follows the LNP’s pledge to introduce free off-peak rail travel for seniors across the South-East’s CityRail network.

 New students will also be eligible for $500 public transport vouchers.

“An LNP Government will make travel cheaper for drivers, for seniors and for students,” Ms Frecklington.

 “The LNP’s economic plan will cut the cost of living for Queenslanders and put more money into their hip pockets.

 “I want Queenslanders to go out and spend their $300 Rego Rebate before Christmas.

“Let’s get this money into our economy and supporting Queensland jobs.

 “Only the LNP has a plan to stimulate the economy, create secure jobs and lead Queensland out of recession.

 “Only an LNP Government will get Queensland working again.” 

Labor’s job-training catastrophe revealed

8th October 2020

New data from the National Centre for Vocational and Educational Training has shown Labor’s shocking record on traineeships and apprenticeships.

Since the Palaszczuk Labor Government was elected in 2015, traineeships and apprenticeships numbers have been in freefall.

Course completions have fallen by almost 33% under Labor and there are almost 15% or 9,995 fewer students in training.

In the last year alone apprenticeship and traineeship commencements fell by almost 6%.

“When it comes vocational and education training Labor gets an ‘F’ for fail,” LNP Shadow Training and Skills Minister Fiona Simpson said.

“Labor are all talk and no action when it comes to training young people for jobs.

“The figures show that skills training has been in freefall under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Labor has failed employers, our economy and our young people.”

Queensland has the second worst unemployment rate in the country, the highest number of long-term unemployed workers and the highest youth unemployment rate in Australia.

Ms Simpson said an LNP Government would give employers, training and employee representatives a seat at the table by creating a Queensland Industry Skills Council that will engage directly with the Training Minister.

The LNP will also work with regional skills boards that assess local training shortages, as every region has different needs.

Under an LNP Government, businesses will have the confidence to invest in young Queenslanders and train our future workforce.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government doesn’t have a budget or an economic plan to create more jobs, while traineeships and apprenticeships numbers have fallen off a cliff,” Ms Simpson said.

“Only the LNP has a plan to build a stronger economy, create a decade of secure jobs and lead Queensland out of this recession.”

Background

  • The latest (March 2020) National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) data revealed that commencements have declined by 2,250 or 6% in the last year.
  • Between December 2014 and December 2019 NCVER data showed that commencements declined by 13.1% or 5,305.
  • There are also 9,995 fewer Queenslanders ‘in-training’ between December 2014 and December 2019 (14.8% reduction).
  • Completions between December 2014 and December 2019 declined by 32.7% or 10,885

 

LNP to secure manufacturing jobs with cheaper electricity and no new taxes

7th October 2020

A plan to supercharge Queensland’s manufacturing industry by delivering cheaper electricity has been unveiled by the LNP in a move that will secure the jobs of 163,000 Queenslanders.

On a tour of Watkins Steel in Banyo today, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said more than 16,000 Queensland manufacturing businesses would save around 20 per cent on their electricity costs under the LNP’s new scheme.

*Audio of Deb Frecklington’s media conference attached*

The LNP’s plan for cheaper electricity and tax certainty will secure existing jobs and create 20,000 manufacturing jobs over the next four years.

A $493 million Community Service Obligation will be provided to government-owned corporation Energy Queensland. It will remove the need for Ergon and Energex to charge manufacturing businesses a rate of return on electricity provided through the distribution networks.

“Manufacturing is front and centre of the LNP’s bold economic plan to create new jobs and lead Queensland out of recession,” Ms Frecklington said.

“This investment will secure the jobs of Queensland’s 163,000 manufacturing workers and create new jobs in the future.

“Cheaper electricity will make Queensland Australia’s manufacturing powerhouse and secure thousands of additional jobs by bringing more investment into our state.

“The LNP’s plan for cheaper electricity is on top of our no-new-taxes guarantee and will implement our vision to make Queensland the low-cost state for manufacturing to secure jobs.

“Tens of thousands of dollars that would have been consumed on energy bills will instead be invested by businesses on creating jobs and investing in growth, stimulating Queensland’s economy.

“Our plan to supercharge this industry will also means we can manufacture more of our own products right here in Queensland, making us more self-sufficient.

“With nearly 200,000 Queenslanders out of work and an unemployment rate worse than Victoria, the LNP will be bold with our economic plan to secure and create jobs.

“Only the LNP has a plan to build a stronger economy and get Queensland working again by creating a decade of secure jobs.”

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the two biggest barriers for Queensland manufacturing were high electricity costs and increased taxes.

“The LNP will unleash the manufacturing industry and secure its future by guaranteeing no new taxes and delivering significantly cheaper ‘at cost’ electricity,” Mr Mander said.

“Too many of our manufacturing jobs have gone interstate or overseas because of Labor’s taxes, red-tape and anti-jobs policies.

“More than 19,000 Queensland manufacturing jobs have been lost under the Palaszczuk Labor Government in the past two years alone.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has also failed to rule out slugging businesses with more taxes if she’s re-elected.

“Labor’s failed policies have cost jobs and made us more reliant on imported goods from overseas and interstate.

“Our plan will back manufacturers to supply Queensland with our own products, reducing our reliance on good being imported from overseas and interstate.”

LNP candidate for Nudgee Ryan Shaw said the investment in cheaper electricity was about investing for growth and securing local jobs.

“Local businesses need a government that backs them,” Mr Shaw said.

“We have some great businesses here in Nudgee run by local mums and dads that want secure jobs for their families

“The LNP will give local businesses relief from taxes and electricity so they can grow.

“It’s all about making Queensland an economic powerhouse and the best place to get a job, get ahead and raise a family.”

LNP plan to deliver cheaper electricity for manufacturing businesses

A $493 million community service obligation (CSO) will be provided to the Government Owned Corporation Energy Queensland, which owns Queensland’s ‘poles and wires’ businesses Energex and Ergon Energy Network. The CSO will remove the need to charge manufacturing businesses a rate of return on electricity provided through the distribution networks. It will reduce both fixed connection costs and usage tariffs.

More than 16,000 Queensland manufacturing businesses will receive at cost electricity – representing around 99% of all Queensland manufacturing businesses.

The CSO payment will also secure the jobs of Energy Queensland’s 7,300 employees.

 

LNP plan to provide better health services

7th October 2020

An LNP Government will invest more than $1.3 billion to create thousands more health jobs, improve patient care and provide better health services across Queensland.

The major recruitment drive will secure 2530 more nurses and midwives, 320 more paramedics, 750 more doctors and 840 more allied health professionals under an LNP Government.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the plan would ensure almost 4500 more health workers were added to Queensland’s health system over the next four years.

“Queensland cannot have world-class public health system without a strong and successful economy,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The LNP will build a stronger economy to ensure we can provide better health services across all of Queensland.

“An LNP government will invest over $1.3 billion to provide more nurses, paramedics, doctors and allied health professionals in every corner of this state.

“Our investment in more frontline health workers will improve patient care, ease the pressure on our hospitals and create more jobs.

“The LNP will ensure Queenslanders have access to a world-class health system no matter where they live.

“While the Palaszczuk Labor Government wastes millions on renaming hospitals and on health IT blowouts, the LNP will invest in frontline services and patient care.

“Labor don’t even have a budget, let alone an economic plan to invest in health.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Health and nurse Ros Bates said local hospital and health service boards would also be empowered to implement strategies to recruit and retain more health specialists in regional communities.

“As part of the new recruitment drive, the LNP will empower local Hospital and Health Service boards to implement strategies to recruit and retain more health specialists in regional communities, with recruitment targets to measure performance,” Ms Bates said.

“This may involve promoting rural health opportunities to young graduates, enhancing career pathways for rural generalist trainees and exploring opportunities for rural GPs in regional hospitals in partnership with local medical associations.

“As part of our plan to provide more health services in regional communities, an LNP Government will commission an urgent audit of accommodation provided through rural hospital and health services to consider upgrades that may boost local incentives.

“Labor’s record when it comes to health is patient wait times blowing out, ambulance ramping is skyrocketing, and code yellows are becoming the norm.

“The LNP will re-focus our public health system on patient outcomes and ensure better health services are provided to all Queenslanders.”

LNP push to tackle rise in knife crime

7th October 2020

An LNP Government will lead a push for new laws and expanded police powers in response to a series of shocking stabbings and knife violence.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today committed to asking the Queensland Law Reform Commission to review and propose new laws to empower police and protect the community if her party wins this month’s state election.

Ms Frecklington today joined the family of Jack Beasley, who was fatally stabbed in Surfers Paradise last year, and said doing nothing was not an option.

“Knives can maim and murder and there is no place for this violence in our communities,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The surge in knife crimes in Queensland must be stopped.

“More needs be done to prevent people carrying knives in the first place, not simply respond when knife crime occurs.

“Families will grieve the death of a loved one for a lifetime because a decision was made by someone to attack someone with a knife.

“I will ask the law reform commission to look at new laws, including empowering police in crime hotspots with greater search powers to detect knives being carried in the community as weapons.

“Combined with these tougher laws, targeted education campaigns will be launched to stop youths from carrying knives.

“The message to young people needs to be loud and clear - they shouldn’t put lives at risk.

“I want to tackle this escalation in knife crime before it becomes a crisis and more families are torn apart.”

According to data released by the Queensland Police Service to the ABC in 2019, there had been a 40 per cent increase in the use of knives as the weapon of choice in homicides, manslaughter, assault and domestic violence incidents over the previous five years.

A combination of education campaigns and greater police powers to crack down on weapon crime has operated in the United Kingdom, where knife violence has reached ‘epidemic’ levels.

Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said the LNP would work with the families of victims of knife violence and other stakeholders to ensure Queensland police have all the powers they need to detect and prevent knife crime.

“Our knife violence campaign is on top of the the LNP’s comprehensive plan to crack down on youth crime,” Mr Janetzki said.

“Sadly, youth offenders have been charged with knife-related attempted murder and even murder, but then they’re released back into the community on bail where they are a serious danger to the community.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s weak bail laws often mean dangerous youth are released back into the community where they can go on to reoffend.

“The LNP’s plan to introduce mandatory detention for third convictions and bring back breach of bail as an offence will go a long way to reducing youth crime.

“The LNP will do whatever it takes to crack down on youth offenders and make Queensland the safest place to live and raise a family.”

Mr Janetzki said the LNP would work with the Beasley Foundation and other victims groups in drafting the terms of reference for the QLRC referral.

LNP MP for Bonney Sam O’Connor said Jack Beasley lost his life far too young because of knife crime.

“We need changes to laws and a cultural shift to stop kids from thinking it’s okay to carry a knife,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Jack Beasley should have celebrated his 18th birthday earlier this year, but he was senselessly stabbed to death.

“The Beasley family has been through the unimaginable, but the strength they have shown to advocate for change is an inspiration.

“They want Jacko’s tragic death to mean something.

“The LNP is today making a firm commitment to back the Beasleys and deliver the changes our community is crying out for.”

LNP plan to restore regional maternity services

7th October 2020

The LNP has unveiled a plan to restore local maternity services for Chinchilla and Theodore hospitals if elected on 31 October.

As part of a major investment in better health services across Queensland, the LNP will trial on-demand birthing services with a new dedicated local team.

Services at Chinchilla haven’t been offered to local mums for more than two years after they were closed down by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

LNP Leader said Deb Frecklington said it was important regional families were offered the chance to have better local health services in their community.

“I was born in a regional hospital and I understand how crucial maternity services are to families,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Providing better regional health services closer to home is not only good for local families but encourages more people to live in rural and regional Queensland.

“The LNP’s plan will offer local birthing services to low-risk pregnancies that can be safely undertaken at the Chinchilla and Theodore Hospitals.

“It will help local mums have their babies as close to home as they can.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s record is shutting down maternity services in the bush.

“Since 2001, Labor has closed maternity services in 26 rural and regional communities.

“Now, Labor has no Budget and no economic plan for regional Queensland.

“Mums in the bush deserve the same healthcare as mums in Brisbane.

“Queenslanders should have access to a world-class public health system no matter where they live and that’s what an LNP Government will deliver.”

The LNP’s plan for Chinchilla and Theodore is based on a similar model that has operated out of Goondiwindi. It will be implemented through a co-ordinated clinical team by Darling Downs and Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services.

An LNP Government would appoint an on-demand service coordination team for Chinchilla and Theodore as an initial 12 month trial.

Hospital planning at a local level allows the clinical team (rural generalist and nurse/midwife) to scale up clinical resources when they know they have a scheduled birth.

The trial will involve a local team of additional registered nurses / midwives. It includes upskilling existing staff, a shared rural generalist and local incentives to recruit and retain staff.

It will cost $1.14 million for the first 12 months and utilise a midwifery continuity of care model. If successful, the program could be rolled out to restore other maternity services in regional places like Mossman as well.

LNP Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said Labor’s health priorities were all wrong.

“Labor’s priority has been on changing the names of hospitals rather than improving the services they provide to Queenslanders,” Ms Bates said.

“Other than a talkfest and a taskforce, Labor haven’t done a thing to boost regional maternity services.

“As a nurse, I know how important it is to have local maternity care in regional Queensland.

“Our announcement is about refocusing our public health system on patients and ensuring better health services are provided to all Queenslanders.

LNP MP for Callide Colin Boyce said the restoration of maternity services at Chinchilla and Theodore was important for local communities.

“The only way to restore regional health services is by getting rid of the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Mr Boyce said.

“Labor have no idea how important maternity services are to regional families – it’s why they’ve cut them.

“We need to invest in regional health services otherwise families will leave town.

“It’s clear that only the LNP has an economic plan for regional Queensland.”

LNP tax cut to unleash build-to-rent boom

6th October 2020

A land tax discount will be introduced by an LNP Government for new build-to-rent housing projects as part of a plan to create thousands of construction jobs and secure investment in Queensland.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said her vision was to make Queensland a low tax state to stimulate the economy, create jobs and drag Queensland out of recession.

Under the LNP’s new scheme, land tax would be slashed by 75 per cent and exemptions on international investor taxes would be provided on eligible build-to-rent projects. The plan is expected to secure $2 billion worth of investment, create 4600 construction jobs and 4,000 new homes over the next ten years.

“I have a vision to make Queensland the low tax state again and a no-new-tax guarantee is one of the first commitments I made to Queenslanders,” Ms Frecklington said.

“I am taking that promise even further by reducing taxes to drive the build-to-rent industry in Queensland, securing investment and creating jobs.

“I want Queensland to be the low-tax state again; a state that gives our businesses a competitive advantage and the confidence to create jobs.

“Reducing tax on build-to-rent projects is a pro-jobs policy that will mean more work for carpenters, electricians, plumbers and suppliers.

“We will deliver the certainty needed to build and create jobs in these uncertain times.

"When Queensland is building, Queensland is working.

“The LNP’s lower tax policies will pour money into the economy, not rip money out of it like Labor.

“With nearly 200,000 Queenslanders out of work and an unemployment rate worse than Victoria, the LNP will be bold with our economic plan to create jobs.

“Becoming a low-tax state again will help make Queensland one of the best places to get a job, get ahead and raise a family.

“The build-to-rent revolution is happening and an LNP Government will put Queensland right at the front of this job-creating sector.”

Under the build-to-rent model, developments are designed specifically to be leased to tenants. While it’s a fledgling industry in Australia, it is a $US3.3 trillion sector in the United States and worth an estimated £70 billion in the United Kingdom.

LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Labor’s high-taxing agenda was putting a handbrake on industries like construction.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has slugged Queensland with nine new and increased taxes, ripping almost $4 billion from our economy,” Mr Mander said.

“Labor has no budget, no economic plan and has failed to rule out new taxes on businesses.

“Labor’s high taxes are one of the major barriers stopping the build-to-rent industry from growing in Queensland.

“New South Wales has slashed land tax on build-to-rent projects and if Queensland doesn’t act fast, we will miss out on millions worth of investment and thousands of jobs to other states.

“The LNP’s land tax cut will exceed the concession in New South Wales and make Queensland more appealing to invest in.

“These housing construction projects won’t be built in Queensland if our tax rates are too high.

“The LNP won’t let states like New South Wales get the jump on Queensland.

“We will get on the front foot to secure investment and the jobs that come with it.

“The LNP will build a stronger economy to create secure, high-paid jobs, which will ensure the dream of Queenslanders owning their own home is more affordable.

“Driving the build-to-rent scheme would provide more housing options for builders and investors and more housing options for tenants.”

Mr Mander said the LNP would also fast-track the finalisation of the Queensland Government’s Build-to-Rent pilot project, announced in December 2018.

“With 200,000 Queenslanders out of work, we need to kickstart the build-to-rent industry in Queensland,” Mr Mander said.

“Only the LNP has an economic plan to get Queensland working again.”

Put Labor last and get Queensland working again

6th October 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington today made a major election announcement at the New Acland mine, where almost 200 jobs have been lost because of Labor’s refusal to approve a new plan for the business.

Thousands more jobs across the region will be lost if the New Acland stage 3 project is not approved by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Ms Frecklington said an LNP Government would approve the project and said the battle to save jobs on the Darling Downs showed what was at stake on October 31.

“This election is about who you trust with the economy to make sure you and your family are better off,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The LNP has an economic plan to drag Queensland out of recession and create secure jobs.

“But Queensland’s economy will never be strong again until we get rid of this government.

“Labor has no budget and no plan for Queensland.

“Under Labor Queensland had the highest unemployment rate in the nation in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

“Labor can’t be trusted with the economy in a recession.

“That’s why the LNP will be putting Labor last on our how-to-vote cards.

“Importantly, this decision is in no way an endorsement of the Greens, One Nation, UAP, or Katter.

“We would all prefer to say just vote 1, but that option was stolen from Queenslanders by the Labor Party, in the last term.

“This election is about the binary choice of who can best manage the economy – and only the LNP has a plan to get Queensland working again.

“The LNP will invest in visionary job-creating infrastructure, like the drought-busting New Bradfield Scheme, a four-lane Bruce Highway and building the Second M1.

“When Queensland is building, Queensland is working.”

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander joined Ms Frecklington at today’s announcement.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has repeatedly moved the goalposts on major projects, costing jobs,” Mr Mander said.

“One of those major projects is New Hope’s New Acland Mine

“This project will generate $7 billion to the economy and support thousands of local jobs.

“Already 196 workers have lost their jobs because Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor won’t approve this project.

“There is a very clear choice at this election.

“It’s a choice between Labor, which has no budget and no plan, and the LNP, which has an economic plan and vision for the future.

“The LNP will stimulate the economy, invest for growth and build job-creating roads, bridges and dams across our state.

“Because when Queensland is building, Queensland is working.

“Our plan will set Queensland up for a generation.

“Only an LNP Government will get Queensland working again.”

Federal Budget backs LNP infrastructure plan

6th October 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed today’s news that the Federal Morrison Government will back a range of job-creating infrastructure projects that have been championed by the Queensland LNP.

The LNP’s economic plan for Queensland contains commitments to deliver the Second M1, a four-lane Bruce Highway and a new Centenary Bridge in Brisbane’s west.

Tomorrow’s Federal Budget will include almost $900m of funding for the three projects, creating almost 4000 jobs for Queenslanders.

“The Federal Morrison Government is backing the LNP’s plan for Queensland because it knows our projects will create jobs and lead us out of recession,” Ms Frecklington said.

“When Queensland is building, Queensland is working.

“But under Labor, infrastructure spending has been cut by $12bn and our state has stopped building.

“Queensland has had the worst unemployment in Australia for the last four years and that won’t change until there is an LNP Government.

“Labor has put the brakes on the Second M1 and it has attacked the LNP’s plan for a four-lane Bruce Highway.

“Labor has no plan and no Budget to lead our economy out of recession.

“Only an LNP Government will work with the Federal Government to get Queensland working again.”

The 2020 Federal Budget will include:

  • $750m for the Second M1 between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The LNP has already committed $550m towards the project and will increase that commitment to $750m to match the federal contribution and allow work to begin as soon as possible.
  • $20m to develop a Bruce Highway investment strategy to four-lane the Bruce Highway from Curra to Cairns – the first step towards delivering the LNP’s $33 billion vision for the Bruce Highway and 100,000 jobs over the next 15 years.
  • $112 million for the Centenary Bridge, a project to improve traffic flow on Queensland’s slowest motorway that is a priority project in the LNP’s SEQ Congestion Program announced this year.