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LNP kicks off ICE forum in Bundaberg

20th February 2018

Today in Bundaberg, Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington hosted the third of four regional ICE forums.

Ms Frecklington said ICE was one of the most important issues facing Queenslanders and one she is passionate about as LNP Leader.

"ICE has infiltrated our small towns and cities, it is destroying families and attacking the very soul and fabric of our communities," Ms Frecklington said.

"At today’s forum, we heard from addicts, their families, community experts and everyday Queenslanders about the impacts this devastating drug is having on the Wide Bay community.

"Today we also shared the LNP’s comprehensive plan to tackle the scourge of ICE and sought feedback from the community.

"The LNP took a comprehensive ICE strategy to the last election, but we want to work with the community to make sure our plan addresses this complex and difficult issue. *

"There is nothing more heartbreaking than when a person from my community reaches out to tell me how ICE has devastated their family, extended family and livelihood.

"As LNP Leader I am committed to stopping this scourge and building stronger, healthier and happier communities."

The LNP’s comprehensive plan included four new drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres around the state, a boosted funding program for prevention services such as Lives Well Lived to target high-risk demographics as well as increased crime prevention and awareness, stronger enforcement and shutting down organised crime networks that supply drugs to our kids.

Please Premier adopt the LNP’s fuel policy

19th February 2018

Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has once again called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to put politics aside and adopt the LNP’s fuel policy.

"I’m extremely concerned to hear reports that Queensland fuel prices will hit a record high next week," Ms Frecklington said.

"Queenslanders are already struggling with household budgets and high fuel prices are another hit to the hip pocket.

"The LNP understands the pain of high fuel prices, which is why to ease the pressure on the household budget, we will bring in real time price monitoring.

"We asked the Premier in Parliament this week whether she would adopt the LNP’s real-time petrol price monitoring system the Premier gave an arrogant one-word answer – "no".

"NSW motorists are saving an average $6 per tank of fuel and hundreds of dollars a year thanks to real-time price monitoring but it seems Annastacia Palaszczuk isn’t interested in taking action to cut Queensland fuel prices.

"Unlike Labor, we understand household budgets are stretched and that every little bit helps.

"We’ve offered the Palaszczuk Government a solution that will save Queenslanders money but unfortunately they’re not interested."

Premier refuses to cut fuel prices for Queenslanders

15th February 2018

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today ensured Queenslanders would continue to pay through the nose for petrol by refusing to force fuel companies to publish their prices in real time.

LNP Shadow Transport and Main Roads Minister Steve Minnikin said when asked in State Parliament today whether she would adopt the LNP’s real-time petrol price monitoring system the Premier gave an arrogant one-word answer – "no".

"NSW motorists are saving an average $6 per tank of fuel and hundreds of dollars a year thanks to real-time price monitoring but it seems Annastacia Palaszczuk isn’t interested in taking action to cut Queensland fuel prices," Mr Minnikin said. **

"LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has already promised that the LNP would force fuel companies to publish their prices in real-time under our Fight for Fairer Fuel plan.

"This data will be available to third parties who want to build apps that alert Queenslanders to the cheapest prices so that motorists can vote with their feet and put real pressure on operators that are ripping us off.

"Unlike Labor, we understand household budgets are stretched and that every little bit helps.

"We’ve offered the Palaszczuk Government a solution that will save Queenslanders money but unfortunately they’re not interested."

LNP supports Crime Stoppers

14th February 2018

Crime Stoppers is an independent community based volunteer organisation that aims to protect the community and keep Queenslanders safe.

Earlier this week they released their annual results and achievements over the last year.

On behalf of the LNP, I would like to congratulate Crime Stoppers for their efforts and commitment to community safety.

More than $8 million in drugs were taken off our streets thanks to tip offs and community information.

Drug crimes were overwhelmingly the key crime reported through to Crime Stoppers, accounting for two thirds of all crime types reported.

This is important and we think more can be done to use Crime Stoppers in the plan to combat the ICE epidemic.

That’s why Deb Frecklington committed $1 million for our Dob in a Dealer campaign as part of our comprehensive plan to take ICE off our streets.

It was an important part of restricting the supply and targeting the major drug distribution networks.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has committed that we will be part of the solution by helping those families struggling with addiction.

While Annastacia Palaszczuk has finally released a plan, there were some missed opportunities and obvious gaps.

This is one of them.

The Dob in a Dealer program has been trialled in Queensland and made an important contribution.

We would encourage Labor to put politics aside and continue with it.

Labor must act to end NDIS uncertainty for Queenslanders

14th February 2018

The Palaszczuk Government needs to step up and clarify how it will provide continuity of service, to ensure Queenslanders don't fall through the cracks as the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues.

LNP Shadow Minister for Disability Services Dr Christian Rowan said many disability service providers were concerned about the future of state funding programs and how services to Queenslanders who need assistance, but aren't eligible for the NDIS, will be delivered.

"At a state level, the NDIS is funded, in large part, by redirected disability spending," Dr Rowan said.

"As the NDIS continues to rollout in Queensland funding to various disability support providers is progressively being reduced as more people receive approved plans.

"But not every individual that utilises these services will be eligible for the NDIS, and the removal of funding is having a real impact on these providers' ability to continue to deliver these services to the community."

Dr Rowan said continuity of service for people who aren't eligible for the NDIS was enshrined in the bilateral agreement signed between the Queensland and Commonwealth Governments.

"This is a very real issue in our community and it deserves the attention of Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Minister Coralee O’Rourke," he said.

"The NDIS is one of the largest social reforms in our nation's history.  If properly implemented if will substantially improve the lives of people living with a disability.

"But we can't afford to leave anyone behind or worse off as a result of the way the NDIS is being implemented.

"Minister Coralee O'Rourke needs to take the lead and outline what she intends to do to help the groups and individuals worried about the future of their support programs."

Labor bungles youth justice system

13th February 2018

"Another day, another complete bungle by Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor that will impact the community safety of Queenslanders," Deb said.

"The transfer of 17-year-olds from adult prison facilities to youth detention was supposed to happen by November last year.

"Staff have been raising concerns over the transition plan for several months.

"We opposed the plan at the time because Labor’s transition was completely flawed – in essence there was no plan.

"Having a complete lack of policy certainty will also impact the rehabilitation of these young offenders.

"It’s out of that policy uncertainty that we have seen the crazy idea of youth bail houses, with young offenders on bail living in the community.

"It’s this type of band aid decision making that puts community safety at risk.

"Youth justice is a sensitive and complex policy area and its’ been three years of complete chaos under Annastacia Palaszczuk."

Statement from Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Dr Christian Rowan

13th February 2018

"Today we mark the 10th anniversary of our apology to indigenous Australians, particularly the stolen generation and their families, for past injustices and harms.

"As we reflect on the significance of this apology we should not lose sight of the continued need to do better.

"The 10th Closing the Gap Report, released by the Prime Minister yesterday showed that, as a nation, we are on track to reach three of the seven original Closing the Gap targets.

"Progress has been made in a number of areas – the target to halve child mortality is on track and here in Queensland we are on track to meet the target of getting more young indigenous kids into early childhood education.

"But yesterday’s report also highlighted the need to work together to do more.

"As the Prime Minister highlighted state-by-state targets are needed to further empower local communities.

"The Prime Minister’s comments echo those from indigenous leader Warren Mundine who identified the need for state and territory leaders to take more of the lead in this space.

"Instead of picking fights with Canberra, the Palaszczuk Labor Government should be identifying what it plans to do to improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

"Sadly, the Deputy Premier, the Minister responsible, hasn’t even publicly responded to the release of this important report.

"Since becoming Treasurer she’s publicly picked a number of fights with Canberra, but hasn’t released one media statement on indigenous issues.

"We need more focus from our state leaders if we are going to be able to Close the Gap that still exists in the delivery of services and outcomes in indigenous communities throughout Queensland."

IDEAS needed to Close the Gap

12th February 2018

The Palaszczuk Government's decision to cut funding for the Indigenous Diabetes Eyes and Screening Van (IDEAS) is putting Indigenous Queenslanders health at risk.

LNP Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Dr Christian Rowan said Labor urgently needed to step up and restore funding, with patients' health being put at risk by the funding cut.

"This week on the 13th of February our nation recognises the significance of the National Apology which occurred on the same day ten years ago," Dr Rowan said.

"If Labor is committed to Closing the Gap they need to restore funding to the IDEAS Van.

"Since 2013 this van has travelled more than 200,000 kilometres and helped save or restore the eyesight of thousands of indigenous Queenslanders.

"But this good work is being put at risk by a heartless decision by Labor not to continue the van’s funding."

Dr Rowan said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Health Minister had made it clear he had no intention of restoring funding.

"Jackie Trad is the Deputy Premier and Treasurer. She needs to step in and over-rule this callous decision," Dr Rowan said.

"The health budget is more than $16 billion. Surely there's room to set aside just a little bit of funding so that this van can continue helping indigenous Queenslanders.

"Cutting funding for this service will have a real impact on the ground, as highlighted by IWC General Manager Wayne Mulvany."**

 

** Wayne Mulvany quote: "Our community has been left hanging. Something needs to be done before the death knell sounds for this vital service..."