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Scaremongering exposed in dishonest Green campaign

22nd May 2017

  • Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) are being manipulated by green groups to trash the reputation of farmers
  • Former LNP Government vegetation management framework was balanced and responsible
  • Right to Information application has revealed green groups were using incorrect figures to exaggerate their claims

The dishonest scaremongering of an alliance of green groups has been exposed for their use of flawed data on the first day of a new campaign to frighten Queenslanders about vegetation management laws.

Shadow Natural Resources Minister, Andrew Cripps, said a Right to Information (RTI) application by The Australian had revealed green groups were using incorrect figures to exaggerate their claims.

Mr Cripps said he had previously warned Queenslanders that data in the Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) was being manipulated by green groups to trash the reputation of farmers.

“During the debate on the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s unjustified vegetation management bill last year, I highlighted just how SLATS was being unfairly used and abused by Labor” Mr Cripps said.

“To try to get that bill passed, Labor and the Greens ran a campaign of contrived misinformation about vegetation management activities in Queensland, but thankfully, that was rejected.

“Now the activist groups are back ahead of the state election to run a defacto campaign on behalf of Labor and they are peddling the same nonsense - but this time, they have been caught out.

“This RTI application underlines what I was saying during the debate last year – trees grow – and that quoting global figures in the SLATS report is dangerously misleading.”

Mr Cripps said the attempted “shock and awe” tactics by green activist groups were further compromised by the inclusion of certain types of management activities as vegetation clearing.

“I’m currently investigating the inclusion of thinning, fodder harvesting and other management activities in Labor’s published clearing rates data, a practice that is inappropriate and inaccurate,” Mr Cripps said.

“The reforms to Queensland’s vegetation management framework in 2013 by the former LNP Government were balanced and responsible, if people actually take the time to understand them.

“The focus on koala habitat on the weekend is a good example, because no changes were made to essential habitat mapping for koalas, or any other native species, as part of the 2013 vegetation management reforms.

“This do-nothing Government and the green activist groups are colluding to launch a bitter campaign against Queensland’s farmers and are using dodgy figures to pad out their propaganda.”

Mr Cripps said Queenslanders shouldn’t be fooled by ideologically-based campaigns from Labor and the Greens.

Labor’s hypocrisy over Cross River Rail knows no bounds

19th May 2017

  • How can Queenslanders trust the Premier and Deputy Premier when they continue to hide the Cross River Rail business case from public scrutiny
  • Jackie Trad tries to rewrite history on ABC Radio over her plan to slug Queenslanders with six secret taxes to fund her shiny new tunnel
  • Labor has no real plan to deliver this project, the business case is an utter mess, the six secret taxes to fund the project have been exposed and deadlines have been missed

The Palaszczuk Labor Government is trying to rewrite history after being caught out on their sneaky plan to slug Queenslanders with higher taxes and charges to fund Cross River Rail.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Infrastructure Minister Deb Frecklington said Deputy Premier Jackie Trad should have a long hard look in the mirror if she wanted to blame someone for the Cross River Rail debacle.

She said the Deputy Premier’s claim on ABC Radio this morning that the Federal Government wanted to slug Queenslanders with higher taxes was rank hypocrisy.

“It was Labor’s secret business case that revealed Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad’s plan to slug Queenslanders with six new taxes to fund their pipe dream,” Ms Frecklington said.

“They are now in damage control because it has come to light that the business case doesn’t stack up and both are looking to blame someone else for their own incompetence and failings.

“The Premier and Deputy Premier have gone to great lengths to conceal their six secret taxes plan but the cat is well and truly out of the bag now.

“Jackie Trad needs take responsibility for what is contained in the business case that she submitted to Infrastructure Australia instead of trying to blame the Prime Minister.

“Infrastructure Australia took the extraordinary step today of issuing a statement confirming there were a number of outstanding concerns surrounding the Cross River Rail business case.”

Ms Frecklington said Labor had bungled the Cross River Rail project from the beginning and now their incompetence had been laid bare for all Queenslanders to see.

“Labor has no real plan to deliver this project, the business case is an utter mess, the six secret taxes to fund the project have been exposed and deadlines have been missed,” she said.

“The LNP opposed Labor setting up the Delivery Authority which has virtually unfettered taxation powers designed to implement their secret taxes agenda.

“Jackie Trad has had more than two years to get her pet project off the ground but she has failed dismally at every hurdle.”

Ms Frecklington said Annastacia Palaszczuk embarrassingly had to concede this week the business case for Cross River Rail was flawed.

“Annastacia Palszczuk said in 2013 that this project was shovel ready,” she said.

“We now know that was a big fat furphy.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad’s total lack of openness and transparency on Cross River Rail has been exposed.

“If they maintain they have got nothing to hide, just release the secret business case so Queenslanders can make up their own minds.

“How can Queenslanders trust the Premier or Deputy Premier when they continue to hide the business case from public scrutiny?”

Labor’s hidden business case includes the following new taxes to fund Cross River Rail:

  • Congestion tax paid for by motorists = $1.2 billion
  • Motor vehicle registration levy paid for by motorists = $1.22 billion
  • Land tax on nearby property owners = $1 billion
  • Public transport infrastructure tax paid for by property owners = $2.6 billion
  • Ticket surcharge paid for public transport users = $1.08 billion
  • Higher rates on nearby property owners = $285 million

LNP’s plan with bite: People before crocs

15th May 2017

  • Crocodiles posing a danger to human life and communities will be euthanised under an LNP policy to keep Far North and North Queenslanders safe
  • The LNP’s commonsense approach puts the interests of humans ahead of crocodiles
  • Labor’s “observe and monitor approach” to dangerous crocodiles has put lives at risk

Crocodiles posing a danger to human life and communities will be euthanised under an LNP policy to keep Far North and North Queenslanders safe.

Shadow Environment Minister Dr Christian Rowan said the LNP had listened to the concerns of Far North and North Queenslanders and designed a policy to protect human life and empower communities living near crocodiles.

“This is a Far North and North Queensland policy for a Far North and North Queensland issue,” Dr Rowan said.

“This is a commonsense approach that puts the interests of humans ahead of crocodiles.

“The LNP understands that in some circumstances safe and quick capture is not practicable, when crocodiles venture near beaches, boat ramps or open water.”

Dr Rowan said while no natural waterway could be 100 per cent risk-free, areas in Far North and North Queensland would be managed thoroughly and effectively.

“The LNP believes more can be done to keep communities safe instead of simply spending millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money counting crocodiles,” he said.

“Our policy will also allow for the managed harvesting of crocodile eggs in areas where crocodile populations are rising.

“Under an LNP Nicholls Government, crocodile egg harvesting will be regulated as it is in the Northern Territory as a form of population control.

“While protecting crocodile habitats, farmers and landholders who harvest the eggs will potentially be provided with a commercial return.

“It beggars belief that Queensland crocodile farms currently have to import their eggs from the Northern Territory.”

Dr Rowan said the plan was centred on acting swiftly and decisively when crocodiles posed a risk.

“Under the LNP, locals and domestic and international visitors will know that their personal safety matters,” he said.

“We will provide our trained rangers with all the tools they need to protect people at popular beaches, swimming holes, boat ramps and marinas.

“Labor’s ‘observe and monitor approach’ for dangerous crocodiles has put people at unacceptable risk.”

LNP’s plan to keep communities safe from crocs:

  • Local involvement in decision making: The LNP will listen to local communities and local governments when determining which zones will apply in which regions.
  • Exclusion: Aim to prevent crocodiles from entering urban areas, recognised swimming areas and beaches with stinger nets.
  • Zero Tolerance: Reduce the risk of attack by removing crocodiles from areas near boat ramps and marinas; Remove crocodiles that become a problem, e.g. crocodile exhibits unprovoked, aggressive behavior towards humans.
  • Egg harvesting: Allow the managed harvest of crocodile eggs in areas where crocodile populations are rising. Permits will be required to harvest the eggs.
  • Euthanise problem crocodiles when safe, quick capture isn’t an option: Problem crocodiles can be euthanised now under an approval from the Chief Executive in accordance with the Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2007.

LNP plans to slash red tape by 20 per cent

15th May 2017

  • A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will make it easier for businesses to get ahead by committing to a 20 per cent red tape reduction target over six years
  • The Palaszczuk Labor Government has made it harder to do business by increasing red tape and regulation
  • Labor scrapped the LNP’s plan to reduce payroll taxes, they’ve increased regulations in the hospitality, plumbing and resources industries and slugged a new investment tax on the property industry
  • The former LNP Government progressed more than 500 red tape reform initiatives, with Queensland Treasury independently assessing the benefits of these changes at $425 million a year

To help Queensland businesses get ahead, a Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will aim to slash red tape by 20 per cent over six years.

Announcing the red tape reduction policy today, Mr Nicholls said the LNP was determined to build a better Queensland – and “vibrant businesses” were at the heart of the plan.

“My dad ran a car dealership in Brisbane so I have a real appreciation of the ups and downs of business,” Mr Nicholls said.

“To grow, employ more people and ultimately succeed, Queensland businesses need government to get out of the way and just let them get on with it.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has made it harder to do business by increasing red tape and regulation.

“Labor scrapped the LNP’s plan to reduce payroll taxes, they’ve increased regulations in the hospitality, plumbing and resources industries and they’ve slugged a new investment tax on the property industry.

“Unnecessary regulation, compliance paperwork and approval processes are costly and consume time. Both are a hit to the bottom line.

“That’s why we owe it to businesses, especially those many family-run small businesses, to turn this around.”

In committing to a 20 per cent red tape reduction target over six years, an LNP Government will:

  • Measure the regulatory burden and establish a baseline so we can map progress against achieving our target
  • Appoint an industry “go to” person to drive regulatory reform
  • Set red tape reduction performance targets for Ministers and department heads, and
  • Have an annual Red Tape Repeal Day set aside every year in Parliament for slashing bureaucracy

Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said business confidence in Queensland had been negative since Labor was elected (according to the CCIQ Pulse Survey). A Sensis survey of businesses shows Palaszczuk Labor is viewed as the worst government in Australia.

However, Mr Emerson said the former LNP Government had been well on the way to achieving its 20 per cent red tape reduction target.

“We delivered important reforms including increasing the payroll tax threshold so more businesses pay less tax, halving the number of health and safety forms businesses need to fill in without compromising safety and reducing the need for unnecessary permits and licences,” he said.

“In less than three years, we progressed more than 500 red tape reform initiatives, with Queensland Treasury independently assessing the benefits of these changes at $425 million a year.

“This was a significant achievement and showed the LNP was tracking well against our 20 per cent red tape reduction target.”

The LNP’s plan was unveiled at Altec Patios and Carports – a well-known Seventeen Mile Rocks business established in 1974.

Shadow Minister for Science, Innovation and the Digital Economy and Member for Mount Ommaney Tarnya Smith said Altec and neighbouring businesses would reap the benefits of less red tape.

“There are many hard-working local businesses here and when we cut them a break and reduce their red tape burden, they can spend more time focused on creating jobs for more Queenslanders,” she said.

The LNP is committed to leading a government that is better for Queensland. More government isn’t the answer to our problems – better government is.

Labor replaces 'locals' with 'mates' in Health Boards shake up

12th May 2017

  • Sneaky late Friday dump of board jobs for Labor mates by Palaszczuk Government
  • Labor hands plum Health board gigs to Labor mates on the Sunshine Coast, Metro North, Mackay and Brisbane’s Children Hospital
  • Labor only interested in creating jobs for mates, instead of jobs for everyday Queenslanders

It's a case of “you get a job” and “you get a job' for Labor ex-Ministers, MPs, staffers and ex-Directors General in the late Friday announcement of local Hospital and Health Board appointments.

LNP Shadow Minister for Health John-Paul Langbroek said the sneaky late Friday dump of board appointments showed Labor had no shame in helping its mates instead of everyday Queenslanders.

"This is a slap in the face to local communities and local regions when Labor mates have pushed out hard- working locals from Hospital and Health Board appointments,” Mr Langbroek said.

"On the Sunshine Coast, ex-Labor MP from Townsville Anita Phillips scored a plum job.

"In Brisbane's North, ex-Labor MP for Aspley Bonney Barry has made a comeback to the Metro North board.

"Ex-Labor Minister and Party Leader Tim Mulherin has scored another round on the gravy train in Mackay, backed up by ex-Labor staffer Karla Steen who also got another round on the board.

"Labor's go-to ex-director general Rachel Hunter scored another four years as chair of the Children's Hospital board.

"One thing is certain - Labor is clearing the decks for an impending election to ensure it has its own people in key places.

“An LNP government will create jobs across Queensland and better manage our finances to provide better health services for all Queenslanders.”