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State News - April 2022

Qld has worst rampi9ng in Australia as Darling Downs worsens

26th April 2022

New figures have revealed Queensland has the worst rates of ambulance ramping in Australia, and the Darling Downs region is suffering as a result.

New data obtained by the LNP Opposition shows more than one in four patients in the Darling Downs are being left on stretchers, corridors and hallways for longer than 30 minutes.

The 27% figure is an increase of 4 per cent from November 2021.

HHS - Darling Downs

Facility - Toowoomba Hospital

Ambulance Ramping (Dec 21) - 27%

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said the State Government urgently needed to find a plan to fix Queensland’s hospitals.

“These new figures are deeply concerning,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Queenslanders have seen the images of ambos and police queued up at hospitals and heard the stories from patients being forced to wait hours for care.

“Now we know the problem isn’t getting better and the State Government has no coherent plan to fix it.

“We’ve repeatedly put our solutions on the table, including real-time data monitoring, better resources for triaging, more beds and more funding on the front line.

“Lives are on the line here.

“The State Government must start listening to Queenslanders and take some real action.”

Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said Queensland’s hardworking health staff need more support.

“As a registered nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how stressful it can be for our frontline staff,” Ms Bates said.

“These dedicated Queenslanders are doing all they can to hold together a system in crisis.

“Not only does the Palaszczuk Labor Government have no coherent plan to fix ambulance ramping, these new numbers show the problem is growing.

“The Health Minister must start taking real action now.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government must start listening or more Queenslanders are going to die waiting for an ambulance.

“That is the sad reality they are ignoring.”

Question on Notice - https://documents.parliament.qld.gov.au/tableoffice/questionsanswers/2022/174-2022.pdf

REVEALED: Labor’s crime policy fails

21st April 2022

Statistics expose crimewave as State Government plan implodes

The State Government’s attempts to tackle the Youth Crime Crisis in Queensland has dismally failed.

One year after Labor passed its ‘flagship’ policy to crack down on thugs, crime in south-east Queensland has significantly worsened.

New analysis reveals the number of crimes committed across the south-east have soared a year after the State Government’s so-called youth justice laws were passed in Parliament.

Just three juvenile offenders have been fitted with an electronic monitoring device since the government promised courts would target hardcore youth offenders.

Shockingly, the government has admitted the failure to issue additional devices was due to an offender’s “unwillingness to comply” with the court order.

It comes as official figures show on the Gold Coast, at least nine break-ins and five cars were stolen every single day in the past month.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said the figures were disturbing and proved the State Government was losing control of crime.

“These thugs are running rampant and destroying lives and businesses every day while the State Government sits on its hands,” he said.

“Labor has failed to get youth crime under control, failed to protect our community and failed to do the right thing by our children.

“The State Government get’s an ‘F’ for its failed plan.

“Our state is being hijacked by young thugs who are laughing at Labor’s soft laws.

“It’s frightening.

“Queenslanders deserve so much better than this.”

Shadow Police Minister Dale Last said the LNP had repeatedly called on the State Government to introduce breach of bail as an offence for young offenders.

“If breach of bail was an offence and a young offender broke any one of their bail conditions, the system would be able to intervene early,” he said.

“The State Government must strengthen our laws to get these young offenders off the streets.

“If the government doesn’t act now, it’s only going to get worse.”

“Queensland’s crime crisis is real.

“It cannot be ignored.

“It’s time for the Premier and the Government she leads to start listening to Queenslanders and find solutions now.”

Link to QON: https://documents.parliament.qld.gov.au/tableoffice/questionsanswers/2022/244-2022.pdf

REVEALED: Queensland ramping crisis worst in the nation

13th April 2022

It’s official. Queensland’s ambulance crisis is the worst in the country with more than 1 in 3 ambulances routinely ramped outside hospitals.

Official figures show on average 38% of all ambulances are ramped across the state making it the highest reported in Australia.

In NSW it’s 16.8%, Victoria 33.9% and in WA it’s 37.3%.

In South Australia, when ambulance ramping was at its worst and 2800 hours were lost, Queensland paramedics were losing more than three times that amount of time in lost hours. *

Official figures show Queensland paramedics lost an extraordinary number of hours stuck on ramps last year.

A parliamentary Question on Notice revealed our ambos lost more than 13,000 hours in March and May last year, and at other times of the year it routinely exceeded 10,000 hours.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli described the revelation as shocking and called on the State Government to start listening to the cries for help from our health heroes on the frontline.

“If the State Government doesn’t start listening, it’s only going to get worse,” he said.

“Behind these numbers are Queenslanders who have called triple zero needing urgent help.

“Instead, they’re left waiting on a ramp, in a corridor or a hallway for hours.

“They deserve so much better.

“The LNP has put solutions on the table including real time data monitoring for patients and GPs, empowering local doctors and nurses to make more decisions, improving triaging and invest in more beds.

“The Queensland Health Crisis is real.

“It cannot be ignored.

“It’s time for the Premier and the Government she leads, to start listening and find solutions now.”

 * Queensland reports the percentage of ramping data; South Australia reports lost hours.

Shocking ramping wait times rock Wide Bay

13th April 2022

The full extent of the Queensland Health Crisis has been revealed with disturbing data showing patients are waiting more than seven hours for an ambulance at Bundaberg Hospital.

The shocking figures from August 2020 to January this year shows it’s a major problem in urgent need of repair across Queensland.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said the new data obtained by a parliamentary Question on Notice is further evidence that the State Government was losing control of Queensland Health.

“Behind these numbers are Queenslanders who have called triple zero needing urgent help,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Instead, they’re left waiting on a ramp, in a corridor or a hallway for hours.

“Paramedics are at breaking point waiting at the end of a hospital ramp and Queenslanders are petrified waiting at the end of a phone line. They are all victims of a State Government that can’t deliver essential services.

“The Premier has stopped listening in her third term.

“The State Government has done nothing to expand our public health system in line with Queensland’s growing population.

“All Queenslanders deserve a world class health system no matter where they live.”

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the doctors, nurses and paramedics on the frontline are doing all they can.

“They’re exhausted, and they’ve told us they’re fed up,” Ms Bates said.

“These dedicated men and women are the ones keeping the health system on track and we can’t thank them enough.

“As a nurse and former hospital administrator, I know how stressful it can be.

“We simply don’t have enough hospital beds in Queensland.

“When there’s not enough beds at the hospital, the ambulance doesn’t have anywhere to offload their patient.

“The Queensland Health crisis is real, and this problem won’t go away because the government isn’t listening and isn’t taking any action.”

Labor’s integrity failings exposed by the Auditor-General

11th April 2022

The Auditor-General has tabled a scathing report which has cast more integrity doubts over the State Government.

The State Entities for 2021 was tabled by the Auditor General this morning and found the State Government is delaying tabling annual reports.

It also revealed recommendations from the same report last year still aren’t being followed.

On average annual reports are being tabled more than a month after they are certified, while health reports are delayed almost three months after crossing the Minister’s desk.

The Auditor-General tellingly observed that “ongoing delays in tabling annual reports reduce the ability of Parliament and the public to meaningfully assess the financial performance of public sector entities and contribute to less trust in the integrity of government”.

The report also reveals that none of the Auditor-General’s seven recommendations from the same report last year have been implemented by the State Government.

Shadow Treasurer David Janetzki said the State Government needs to commit to transparency.

“This report is further proof that Labor has abandoned integrity,” Mr Janetzki said.

“We welcome the Auditor-General’s call for legislation to provide for more timely report releases.

“Timely information is vital for preserving public trust in government.

“Labor’s integrity track record is appalling.

“This is a third term government that has given up on integrity and is more interested with how things look rather than how things are.”

Shocking rise in DVO breaches in Wide Bay

8th April 2022

The LNP is demanding the Queensland Labor Government take urgent action to protect victims of domestic violence.

Horrifying statistics show the number of domestic violence order breaches in the Wide Bay are rising rapidly.

Since the Palaszczuk Government came to power seven years ago, the number of breaches has increased 140%.

In the past two years alone, breaches have soared 13% to now total more than 2500.

Across Queensland, DVO breaches have more than doubled to total almost 45,000 last year, a rise of 129%.

Nationally, Queensland has the second highest number of DVO breaches in the country.

Shadow Minister for the Prevention of Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Amanda Camm said the trend was frightening.

“These aren’t just numbers on a page. Every single figure is a victim who is now fearing for their safety at the hands of a predator,” Ms Camm said.

“It’s a victim struggling to sleep at night, scared to leave their home, scared to walk down the main street.

“This is Queensland’s dark truth.

“It proves we aren’t doing enough for domestic violence victims in Queensland.

“While Labor talks about review after review, more and more women and other victims of domestic and family violence are left extremely vulnerable in dangerous situations.

“These women take out a DVO hoping it will keep them safe, but I’ve heard countless times from victims across the state that these breaches are happening all the time and in most cases the offender walks free.

“Too many women have taken out a DVO only to have it breached multiple times.

“It has to stop.”

Ms Camm said the LNP backed three genuine solutions to protect victims of domestic and family violence including:

  • Strengthening information-sharing between departments and services;
  • Major investment in perpetrator programs across the state and;
  • Overhaul training for police and judicial officers.

“We need urgent action on domestic violence to ensure women are kept safe,” Ms Camm said.

“There is no more time to delay, the State Government must act now.

“We must do more to protect victims of domestic and family violence”.

Dick’s Dubai dossier doesn’t add up

7th April 2022

The LNP is calling on Treasurer Cameron Dick to be open and honest with Queenslanders about the true cost of his trip to Dubai, during Brisbane’s flood emergency.

On Tuesday, the Treasurer tabled the report into his taxpayer funded trip.

However, there was no mention of costs, accommodation, or flight class.

Queenslanders can judge it for themselves here.

The report also reveals that the Treasurer jetted off to Dubai on the same day the Bruce Highway closed, and flood levels peaked in Gympie.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition Jarrod Bleijie said that the Treasurer abandoned his community.

“The Treasurer’s priorities during a crisis were wrong and a complete failure of leadership,” Mr Bleijie said.

"Treasurer Dick had a choice between standing by his community in their hour of need or let them fend for themselves. He chose the latter.

"I agree with the Labor's MP for Caloundra when he said in Parliament: "in times of a crisis a leader must be present, visible and leading from the front."

"Real leadership means knowing when your community needs you the most. It's clear that means nothing to Cameron Dick.

"Not only did the Treasurer go through with his luxury trip but he is now refusing the costs to Queenslanders.

"Did the Treasurer fly first class?

"At which 5-star hotel did the Treasurer stay?

“What has he got to hide?

"Who knows how many Queensland flood victims missed out on assistance because the Treasurer used taxpayers' money to jet off to Dubai.

"Once again, this arrogant third-term Labor Government is failing to listen when Queenslanders need them most.

"Queenslanders deserve better.”

Townsville’s month of crime madness

7th April 2022

The latest analysis of crime data has revealed a frightening number of offences being committed on the streets of Townsville, in further proof Labor is losing control of crime.

Queensland Police Service statistics* from the police divisions of Townsville, Kirwan, Mundingburra and Deeragun have revealed the full extent of the crime crisis gripping the north.

From March 6th to April 5th, 78 cars were stolen and 307 cases of unlawful entry.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli described it as a month of madness.

“These figures are extraordinary and should ring alarm bells in the Premier’s office,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“This government has been in power for seven years, but they still can’t fix crime.

“Their plans aren’t working.

“The local Labor MPs have given up.

“Townsville is a beautiful city that has been hijacked by young thugs who are laughing at Labor’s soft laws.

“The LNP has repeatedly called on the State Government to introduce breach of bail as an offence for young offenders.

“If breach of bail was an offence and a young offender broke any one of their bail conditions, the system would be able to intervene early.

“Labor has failed to get youth crime under control, failed to protect our community and failed to do right thing by our children.

“It’s time the State Government strengthened our laws to get these young offenders off the streets.

Shadow Police Minister Dale Last said the community was sick of being ignored.

“This Brisbane-centric Government spends money on new police choppers and creates specialised taskforces just for the South East,” Mr Last said.

“What more will it take for the Premier to see how bad the situation is in North Queensland.

“The short term and long term data speaks for itself.

“Thugs are winning this crime war, and the local Labor MPs are clueless on how to fix it.”

Media Statement by Shadow Treasurer - Car registration

7th April 2022

The Treasurer has given up on cost of living relief for Queenslanders and can’t be trusted.

It is extraordinary that the Treasurer would increase car registration and then try and tell Queenslanders it is actually falling.

Cameron Dick is taking Queenslanders for a ride on this one.

He's completely divorced from the real world.

It’s obvious the impending State Budget is under serious pressure and Cameron Dick only cares about his own bottom line instead of Queensland household budgets.

The Palaszczuk Government’s budget record is one of hollow log raids, higher taxes and accounting trickery.

The government fails to understand the plight of Queensland families whether it’s ballooning valuations on flooded properties or paying rego on their car.

Queensland households are facing a triple whammy of natural disasters, rising prices for necessities and housing availability and affordability challenges - and now he’s increasing taxes too.

Most disturbingly, they have a state government that doesn’t seek to provide assistance with any of them.