LNP Shadow Minister for North Queensland and Burdekin MP Dale Last has slammed Annastacia Palaszczuk for failing to order a review into the resourcing of regional police stations following the recent Alva Beach tragedy.
“When asked in Question Time today, Annastacia Palaszczuk categorically ruled out a review of police resources, in light of the recent Alva Beach tragedy,” Mr Last said.
“The safety of local residents will continue to be put at risk while Labor cut resources to frontline police.
“How can they expect officers to protect the community when crime is on the rise and local officers are struggling to cope?
“Our police officers and emergency services staff work extremely hard but are left under resourced and understaffed by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“What happened in Alva Beach was an absolute tragedy, but it could have been prevented.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mark Ryan need to front up and explain why they are not reviewing regional police resources.
“The Alva Beach tragedy is on the back of a $44 million cut by Labor to the police budget this year.
“It’s the job of embattled Police Minister Mark Ryan to ensure police have the resources they need and he continues to fail miserably.
“We need more cops on the ground, not more cuts.”
Queensland’s Rail Fail is set to roll into 2019 and beyond after the Palaszczuk Labor Government failed to give any timetable for the restoration of 472 axed services.
This weekend marks the second anniversary of the crisis that plunged the network into chaos and led to huge cuts to the Southeast’s rail timetable.
But when the LNP pressed Annastacia Palaszczuk in Question Time today to say when Rail Fail would end, she refused to give any indication of when the axed services would be restored.
LNP Shadow Transport Steve Minnikin said the outlook for commuters was bleak.
“After almost two years of service cuts and daily disruption on the network, Annastacia Palaszczuk hasn’t got a clue when QR will be fixed,” Mr Minnikin said.
“Commuters have been treated disgracefully and two years on they’re still being kept in the dark.
“The public supposedly own Queensland Rail but the network is not being run in their interest.
“Unions bosses are the ones calling the shots and while Annastacia Palaszczuk allows them to run QR commuters will continue to get a shambolic service.”
The total cost of Rail Fail, including overtime payments to drivers and implementation of the Strachan report, is now more than $160 million.
“In 2015 Labor took over the best-managed rail network in Australia and they have run it into the ground,” Mr Minnikin said.
“It’s clear that only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government will restore our rail services.”
Annastacia Palaszczuk is lying to Queensland parents over a plan to allow unions into state school classrooms, the LNP said today.
The Premier has repeatedly denied that the Queensland Council of Unions had requested access to schools from the State Government to run ‘education’ programs.
But RTI emails released today show that the senior policy adviser to Education Minister Grace Grace helped the QCU fine-tune a program script, presentation and school information pack a month before the Premier’s public denials.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has shamefully misled the public over her government’s involvement in a blatant union recruitment campaign,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Not only was Labor aware of the proposal – it was actually advising the QCU on its content.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk won’t come clean on this issue because she knows unions have no place in our schools. Schools are for education, not indoctrination.”
Shadow Education Minister Jarrod Bleijie said Annastacia Palaszczuk had been caught covering up the truth.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk lied to Queenslanders when she said there had been no proposal from the QCU given to the Government,” Mr Bleijie said.
“The second most senior adviser in Grace Grace’s office was actually polishing the propaganda in the QCU’s proposal.
“We asked the Premier to have the Director-General investigate the matter and she refused.
“It’s another example of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s culture of cover-up and secrecy.”
New figures show Queensland’s child safety system is continuing to go backwards under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, Shadow Child Safety Minister Stephen Bennett said today.
Child safety notifications reached their highest level for five years (23,658) in 2017-18, with responses times to almost half of all cases (11,374) taking between five and 10 days*.
The Department of Child Safety statistics also showed that intakes have hit their highest level (119,192) since the Carmody reforms were introduced almost five years ago.
There are now 9,629 children living away from home, almost 1,000 more than in 2013-14.
The data also shows that the number of children subject to substantiated sexual harm in 2017-18 was 345, a jump of 70 from 2016-17 and the highest level in three years.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is failing the most vulnerable children in our society,” Mr Bennett said.
“It is absolutely disgraceful that the Palaszczuk Labor Government has claimed that the child safety system has shown improvements when the data says exactly the opposite
“We are seeing more children subject to substantiated harm or risk of harm, more children living away from home and more children subject to sexual harm.
“And in Sexual Violence Awareness Month, we are still yet to see a single dollar of the supposed $12 million promised from the Palaszczuk Labor Government to combat youth sexual violence
“No matter how Minister Farmer may cherrypick the data to sell her story, the fact remains that, instead of the system improving, more kids are being put at risk every year under Labor.”
The LNP welcomes any action that protects victims and vulnerable kids against cyberbullying.
Tragically, we’ve seen too many cases of suicide or self-harm and victims feel that they have nowhere to turn.
It’s important that our laws and policies keep pace with modern technology and its use in society.
The LNP contributed to the anti-cyberbullying taskforce with representation by Michael Crandon, Member for Coomera, and public hearings around Queensland were well supported by our MPs.
This is an issue that is above politics and we have continued to provide bipartisan support.
We look forward to the full release of the report and urge the Palaszczuk Government to implement its recommendations as a priority.
It’s now time to take strong action to address cyberbullying in Queensland.
Miners are still waiting for Annastacia Palaszczuk to come good on her commitment to establish the Mine Safety and Health Authority in Mackay, more than a year after it was promised.
The ‘Black Lung, White Lies’ report delivered in May 2017 recommended the Labor Government establish the authority in Mackay to oversee mine safety and hygiene, conduct medical research and training, and provide medical specialists to diagnose and treat mine dust diseases.
LNP Shadow Mines Minister Dale Last said Labor committed itself to the report’s key recommendations in September last year* – but has delivered nothing since.
“It’s a betrayal of workers to promise action on an issue as critical as mining safety and then let a year pass with no action,” Mr Last said.
“The time for talk is over. Annastacia Palaszczuk has had more than enough time to deliver the Mine Safety and Health Authority and the other recommendations.
“Miners’ health and safety must come before the bureaucracy and delays Labor is renowned for.
“Even the CFMEU thinks Labor’s Mines Minister is not up to the job of protecting workers.**
“LNP Leader Deb Frecklington and I both understand how important mining is for our rural and regional communities.
“A Deb Frecklington LNP Government would make the safety of mineworkers a priority.”
The LNP Party Room has today unanimously resolved that LNP Members of Parliament will be granted a conscience vote when considering Labor’s Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018.
It has been a longstanding position of the LNP Party Room that matters about the creation or ending of life are treated as matters of conscience.
Personally, I have carefully considered the Bill and I am not of a conscience to support it.
I will be outlining the reasons why in the parliamentary debate.
Once again, I call for a respectful debate on this deeply emotional and complex issue.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Labor continued to hand in the LNP’s homework on real-time fuel price monitoring.
“Real-time fuel price monitoring was the first policy my Shadow Cabinet endorsed because we understand motorists are doing it tough,” Ms Frecklington said.
“I care about the pain motorists are experiencing at the pump, which is why I announced the LNP would introduce real-time fuel price monitoring more than 10 months ago.
“It took Labor four months to get on board with real-time fuel price monitoring and Queenslanders are still waiting to get a trial of the real-time price monitoring.
“It is clear Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch with everyday Queenslanders.”
LNP Shadow Innovation Minister Michael Hart said Queensland needs real-time fuel price monitoring now.
“The ACCC has said fuel monitoring would likely put downward pressure on prices, by increasing transparency and competition,” Mr Hart said.
“The NRMA said it would save motorists hundreds of dollars a year based on the experience in NSW.
“It’s very disappointing that Labor is putting fuel companies ahead of drivers.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop dithering and bring in real-time fuel price monitoring.”