Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington today said it’s time Annastacia Palaszczuk showed some leadership and adopted the LNP’s compulsory real-time fuel price monitoring policy.
"Even Federal Labor supports our policy with Tanya Plibersek admitting real-time fuel price monitoring does make a difference to motorists," Ms Frecklington said.
"Speaking on ABC Brisbane this morning, the Federal Labor Deputy Leader said real-time price monitoring and being able to shop around always makes a difference.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop sitting on the fence, swallow her pride and adopt our policy.
"Queensland motorists are paying the price for Labor’s inaction.
"NSW has this scheme and it works, saving motorists $6 a tank. It is time for Palaszczuk to act."
Federal Labor Deputy Leader Tanya Pliberseck on ABC Brisbane radio
"Being able to shop around always makes a difference. And the more information people have, the better it is for them.
"If you’ve got a good example in a State next door (NSW) that gives people more information about how they can shop around it’s certainly worth looking at."
Yet another independent report released today has confirmed the Palaszczuk Labor Government has crushed confidence in Queensland’s business sector.
LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the latest quarterly ANZ/Property Council Industry Sentiment Survey revealed Queensland’s property sector has the lowest confidence in the nation.
"While there has been a slight upturn in confidence nationally, the respected survey shows that businesses in Queensland’s property sector rate the Palaszczuk Government as the worst performing state government in the nation," Mr Mander said.
"If confidence is low – businesses won’t invest in Queensland and that means fewer construction jobs for our sparkies, chippies and plumbers.
"Business confidence will be further shattered once Labor’s half a billion dollars’ worth of new taxes hit the industry as part of the first state budget."
"… Queensland is still experiencing the lowest sentiment in the country. This shows the industry remains concerned about the direct impacts of the Queensland Government’s land tax increases. Imposing further taxes on an industry that already pays 53.7% of government taxes, fees and charges, is bound to hurt confidence."
Executive Director of the Property Council, Chris Mountford
"Labor’s five new taxes will hit the property industry like a sledgehammer," Mr Mander said.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk should be doing everything she can to show that Queensland’s open for business so that more jobs can be created and wages can grow.
"Instead she’s slugged Queenslanders with five new taxes that will serve as a massive handbrake on business, putting jobs at risk.
"Labor never understands that you can’t tax your way to growth."
Source: ANZ/Property Council Industry Sentiment Survey
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington is asking the Premier not to waste another day before introducing real-time fuel price monitoring in Queensland.
Ms Frecklington spoke out after reports that fuel prices in Brisbane could soon hit a three-year high, with some retailers in the city today selling unleaded petrol at $1.569 a litre.
"We are witnessing a blatant money-grab and Annastacia Palaszczuk is just letting it happen," Ms Frecklington said.
"Queensland drivers are being ripped off, but this Government is asleep at the wheel.
"The LNP has put forward a solution that will save most drivers hundreds of dollars a year.
"We’ll give the Government our support – they just have to act.
"Mandatory real-time fuel price monitoring has boosted competition in New South Wales and cut prices by around $6 a tank.
"Labor needs to put politics aside and implement the LNP’s proven policy."
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington today said Queenslanders have every right to be angry at Labor’s new fast-tracked waste tax – a blatant money grab with no detail and no thought.
"The Palaszczuk Government’s knee-jerk decision to will rush through a waste tax, with no details and no consultation, shows Labor is making it up as they go along," Ms Frecklington said.
"Let’s be frank, the only place that has a waste problem, whether it is dumping recycling in landfill or interstate waste dumping, is Ipswich.
"In Annastacia Palaszczuk’s first term, Ipswich Council and former Labor Mayor Paul Pisasale turned waste into a cottage industry.
"Under the LNP, interstate waste dumping was actually dropping because we enforced compliance.
"Labor created this mess but instead of cleaning it up, their solution is yet another tax.
"This will be the Government’s fifth new tax – that’s one for every month since the election.
"The only thing Labor recycles is excuses. The only vision Labor has for Queensland is more taxes."
Confidence in Queensland’s small and medium businesses is continuing to freefall under a Labor Government addicted to tax.
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said the latest Sensis Business Index report was a damning indictment on the Labor Government and its ability to deliver for small and medium businesses.
"This is just the latest in a series of independent reports that shows the Palaszczuk Government is hurting Queensland businesses," Mr Mander said.
"Confidence in Queensland’s small and medium businesses has now fallen below the national average and yet the Labor Government is planning to introduce more taxes in the next state budget.
"The Labor Government’s failure to deliver for small and medium businesses is plain for all to see.
"It’s not good enough that Annastacia Palaszczuk is happy to give tax breaks to billionaire Hollywood producers to film Dora while a whopping 88 per cent of businesses say they are not getting any support from the Labor Government.
"It’s not fair that Annastacia Palaszczuk was more worried about speeches rather than listening to Gold Coast businesses concerned about the impact of the Commonwealth Games.
"It’s no wonder the Queensland Government is the least popular in the nation with small and medium businesses when it has introduced five new taxes since November.
"You can’t tax your way to growth and Labor is risking Queensland’s future by continuing to hike up taxes."
Mr Mander said the report showed small and medium businesses’ attitudes toward Labor’s policies were poor.
"Small businesses are Queensland’s biggest jobs creators and should be given the tools to be successful, not taxed into the ground," he said.
"The Liberal National Party would work with small businesses to ensure they can continue to drive Queensland’s economy and create jobs."
On a visit to the Sunshine Coast today, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington ramped up pressure on the Palaszczuk Government to build the long-awaited Sunshine Coast rail duplication.
Ms Frecklington said for over three years Annastacia Palaszczuk had ignored the desperate need for this new rail line for but the time for excuses was over and the project must be funded in the upcoming State Budget.
"Enough is enough. Sunshine Coast locals deserve to be spending less time waiting for trains or stuck in traffic gridlock and more time with family and friends," Ms Frecklington said.
"The 40km line between Beerburrum and Nambour is currently a single rail track with poor alignment which limits rail services and causes considerable delays for Sunshine Coast commuters.
"The duplication would mean more frequent and reliable train services for the people of the Sunshine Coast.
"This is a key infrastructure priority that has completely stalled under Labor.
"In March this year independent body Infrastructure Australia designated this a "Priority Project" – one of only 12 projects around the country to receive this designation and yet Labor still uses Cross River Rail as an excuse not to fund it.
"We committed to building this rail line and we stand by that promise. If I were Premier, I would fund it."
Local LNP MP for Glass House and Shadow Infrastructure Minister Andrew Powell said the business case for the rail line was complete and there was
$10 billion on the table from the Federal Government to fund urban rail projects.
"This project would provide more than 150 extra weekly rail services and improve transport reliability for more than 330,000 Sunshine Coast residents," Mr Powell said.
"It will also ease the daily traffic nightmares faced by drivers on the Bruce Highway between the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture.
"Labor now has no more excuses – they need to just get on with it and build a second Sunshine Coast rail line."
The duplication of the Beerburrum to Nambour line would:
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington today said the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony debacle was a monumental stuff up that only a Queensland Labor Government could produce.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to grow up and take responsibility for this fiasco. The Premier appointed Peter Beattie, the Premier demanded to speak at the closing ceremony, why didn’t she demand the athletes be involved?" Ms Frecklington said.
"Maybe someone needs to remind Annastacia Palaszczuk that she is the Premier and the buck stops with her.
"We now fear these games will only be remembered for this embarrassing stuff up and the athletes deserve so much more than that.
"If the Premier is looking for someone to hang their head in shame then she only needs to look in the mirror."
"As a mother and a Queenslander this report makes for heartbreaking reading.
"And how appalling that Labor releases a report on Queensland child deaths under the cover of the Commonwealth Games.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk has had this report since October 2017 yet chose to release it to Queenslanders at 4pm on an afternoon in the middle of the Games.
"That speaks volumes about the manipulation and secrecy of this Labor Government.
"This report exposes the crisis in our child safety system under Labor with four precious little lives lost due to fatal assaults within families that were known to child safety authorities.
"Sadly, ten out of the 19 children who drowned last year were also known to child protection system, as were nine of the 21 children who committed suicide.
"We already know over 60 per cent of investigations of suspected child abuse are not commencing within the required timeframes - that’s over 13,000 cases of suspected abuse not being responded to within set timeframes under this Government’s watch.
"We must do better for these children.
"It’s time for Labor to stop the excuses and start protecting our precious kids."
"The child commission report into the deaths of young children that was cynically released under the cover of the Commonwealth Games and six months after first being handed to Annastacia Palaszczuk, shows a shocking increase in child drownings.
"Sadly, nineteen Queensland children died from drowning in Queensland last year, up from nine the previous year.
"Even more alarmingly, ten out of the 19 children who drowned last year were also known to child protection system.
"As a mother I am horrified by these statistics.
"This is why I am so passionate about making swimming lessons compulsory in Queensland schools for children.
"The Liberal National Party has already committed to ensuring every child in a Queensland state school can access swimming lessons.
"We owe it to our kids to give them an important life skill that delivers health and lifestyle benefits as well.
"Labor is continuing to drag its feet on an issue that is costing kids’ lives."
The LNP’s Shadow Fisheries Minister Tony Perrett has called for consumers to keep buying Queensland seafood and ignore the latest attack on fishing by militant green activists.
Mr Perrett said Queensland’s stocks of prawns, scallop and Moreton Bay bugs were being carefully and sustainably managed by the local industry.
"Anyone who understands Queensland’s seafood industry knows it is committed to the long-term viability of fishing stocks," Mr Perrett said.
"No-one cares more about the future of fishing than the men and women who work in the industry. Their livelihoods depend on maintaining those valuable stocks.
"The last LNP government worked with fishers and scientists to deliver a sustainable fishing plan.
"Green activists are not interested in the truth – their only goal is to shut down all fishing.
"I urge seafood-lovers to ignore this scare campaign and keep enjoying our glorious seafood."
Queensland Seafood Industry Association (QSIA) Chief Executive Officer Eric Perez said some green groups were hell-bent on destroying an industry that employs more than 3000 Queenslanders and contributes $294 million directly to the state’s economy.
"Extreme green campaigners are putting in jeopardy many small family businesses, but they don’t seem to want to base their decision on science," Mr Perez said.
"Our entire industry is based around sustainable ecological and scientific principles designed to protect the environment as our fishers rely on abundant fish stocks to protect their livelihood.
"According to nationally assessed and agreed figures*, Queensland’s prawn and bug stocks are sustainable.
"I encourage consumers to choose Queensland wild product because doing so supports local small business activity and their families."
* Figures can be viewed at www.fish.gov.au
In a sign of how little Labor cares about farmers and regional communities, the Palaszczuk Government’s Agriculture Minister has been totally missing in action on one of the most serious issues affecting Queensland agriculture.
LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perret said Mark Furner was clearly adopting the three monkeys approach to Labor’s draconian vegetation management changes.
"He sees nothing, hears nothing, and definitely says nothing," Mr Perrett said.
"Wouldn’t you think that when Queensland farmers are up against the wall, their key representative in the Palaszczuk Labor Government would fight for agriculture?
"These laws will severely affect farmers’ ability to sustainably manage and develop their businesses yet Mark Furner is mute and hiding somewhere in Brisbane.
"It’s his job to support Queensland’s hard working farmers and graziers whose livelihoods are on the chopping block over this issue.
"Furner’s deafening silence shows he’s just a factional puppet and a Minister in name only.
"He should be fighting for the more than 26,000 farm businesses directly employing 60,000 Queenslanders and supporting more than 315,000 jobs throughout the agricultural supply chain.
"History will harshly judge this feeble Minister for refusing to stand up for farmers in the Cabinet room against greenie-controlled ministers Jackie Trad and Steven Miles.
"Only the LNP will stand with farmers to fight Labor’s ideologically-driven campaign to win green votes in inner city Brisbane at the expense of rural and regional Queensland."
Alarming statistics finally released by the Palaszczuk Government today show Queensland’s public service is ballooning but services to Queenslanders are deteriorating.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Queenslanders were paying $4 billion more a year in public sector wages but getting less.
"Since they were elected, Labor has employed 20,000 more public servants but sadly services are no better," Ms Frecklington said.
"When the State Government spends billions extra, the public expects better services but in a whole range of areas Labor are letting Queenslanders down.
"Our unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation, the trains aren’t running on time, if at all, emergency departments in our public hospitals are at breaking point, crime’s on the increase with robberies and assaults up, and our child safety system’s still in crisis.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk promised to limit annual public service growth to the rate of population growth, but like so many others, she’s broken that promise too. Under Labor, the public service is growing at a rate of 3.35% - more than double the rate of population growth.
"Labor should be focused on outcomes and results for Queenslanders not the number of public servants.
"The LNP would focus on improving service outcomes, cutting wait times, ending the rail fail, stopping crime and keeping Queensland kids safe.
"Under the LNP trains ran on time, the dental waitlist was abolished, emergency surgery waiting lists were slashed and the public housing wait list was almost halved."
Public sector employment: (all figures are compared to December 2014)
Labor service fails: