Holiday time in Queensland only means one thing.
A nightmare run on our roads.
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s failure to plan or invest in transport and infrastructure is going to come back to bite Queenslanders this long weekend.
“Make no mistake, when the M1 resembles a car park it’s all thanks to Annastacia Palaszczuk,” Mr. Mander said.
“The Easter long weekend should be a time of rest and relaxation not traffic jams, delays and reduced services.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong – she has neglected our roads and has broken our train system.
“Only Deb Frecklington and the LNP have a plan to invest in roads and rail to bust congestion and get the South East moving again.
“We will bust congestion by fixing the M1, building a second M1 and six-lane the Bruce Highway from Caboolture to Caloundra.
“The train network is also a significant priority.
“We will end Labor’s rail fail, restore confidence in the grid and duplicate the Sunshine Coast rail line from Beerburrum to Nambour.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is the ultimate road block.
“She has no vision, no plan and has become so out of touch with the needs of growing region.
“I urge all Queenslanders to drive safely, remain calm and be patient, as we all try to grapple with Labor’s congestion crisis this long weekend.”
The Palaszczuk Labor Government doesn’t have a plan to get more Queenslanders working, following the release of alarming new unemployment figures today.
Data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics saw the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate (Labor’s preferred measure) jump from 5.4% to 6.1% from February to March.*
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Labor isn’t working.
“Almost 10,000 Queenslanders were added to the jobless queue,” Mr Mander said.
“While 162,000 Queenslanders are out of work and looking for a job under Labor.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong.
“Her Government has slugged Queenslanders with five new taxes, the cost of living has soared, infrastructure spending is down and transport is a mess.
“This out of touch Palaszczuk Labor Government has no plan or vision for the state.
“Only the LNP will invest in Queensland, boost jobs, restore confidence, bust congestion and improve the economy.
“Labor can’t spin their way out of this one.
“I feel so sorry for the thousands of Queenslanders heading into the Easter long weekend without a job.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad have completely lost touch and Queenslanders are suffering as a result.
“We have the second worst unemployment rate in the country thanks to them.”
Choosing Queensland seafood at Easter will be a whole lot easier if Deb Frecklington is elected Premier in 2020 due to the LNP’s seafood labelling policy, which empowers consumers and supports local businesses.
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said seafood was a popular choice for families over Easter but consumers were often in the dark about where produce originated.
“We are blessed with glorious seafood in Queensland and an Easter spread wouldn’t be the same without Mooloolaba king prawns or Moreton Bay bugs,” Mr Mander said.
“Buying Queensland seafood this Easter is a win-win for consumers and local business.
“Queensland fishers deliver terrific catches up and down the coast. Our labelling policy will make it crystal clear where seafood originated, from ship to store.
“Any business selling seafood for immediate consumption will have to identify where it came from under the LNP’s policy.
“Our policy will support Queensland’s seafood and fishing industries and give consumers greater choice.”
Shadow Minister for Fisheries Tony Perrett said the LNP, if elected in 2020, would change legislation in Queensland so any business selling seafood for immediate consumption must identify where the product originated.
“A staggering 30 million kilograms of seafood was imported into Queensland during 2017-18 and businesses currently don’t have to label where it came from,” Mr Perrett said.
“Small businesses will be able to use our policy as a marketing tool to promote Queensland seafood while consumers will have a clear choice to support local produce.
“All we need to do is change the Food Labelling Act 2006 so our seafood labelling policy won’t cost taxpayers a cent.
“Northern Territory has had the policy in place for over a decade, with tremendous success.
“Think local, buy local and put Queensland seafood first this Easter.”
Commercial fishers up and down the coast are ringing the alarm bells after the Palaszczuk Labor Government released its plans to slash fishing quotas.
LNP Shadow Minster for Fisheries Tony Perrett and Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen met with local commercial fishers in Hervey Bay today to discuss the impacts of Labor’s draft quota on the region’s commercial fishing industry.
“Labor’s proposed changes to crab, trawl and inshore fishing quotas are failing not only commercial fishers but also the communities they support,” Mr Perrett said.
“These proposed changes have real world impacts as they immediately devalue licenses and make it harder for commercial fishers to make a living.
“Under the proposed changes, crab fishery allocations will receive between 40 to 68 per cent of their average catch resulting in an average of 30 to 60 per cent loss of income.
“We have heard testimonies from commercial fishers with decades of experience saying these changes will be the end of them.
“Many commercial fishers will be forced to leave the industry and lose their livelihoods.
“It’s shameful that Labor refuses to conduct an open and transparent regulatory impact statement – just like they did during the Vessel Monitoring System rollout.”
Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen said local commercial fishers had been left in the dark and were yet to be shown the justification, science, and rationale behind the quota changes.
“Queensland’s fisheries stocks are in great shape according to the 2018 Australian Fish Stocks Reports,” Mr Sorensen said.
“It’s time to put science and transparency into fisheries – Labor need to go back to the drawing board with these unfair quota allocations.
“Labor have an anti-fishing agenda and want to destroy Hervey Bay’s commercial fishing industry.
“Only the LNP will fight for the hard-working men and women in Queensland’s fisheries to save local jobs.”
A Parliamentary Committee stacked with Palaszczuk Labor Government MPs has voted against supporting an LNP Bill to guarantee all convicted child killers spend at least 15 to 25 years behind bars.
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Labor shouldn’t play politics with child killer laws.
“The LNP’s Bill would deliver the toughest sentences in Australia for those who kill children through violence or neglect,” Mr Mander said.
“The Committee instead recommended Labor’s own weak legislation that doesn’t go far enough to protect children and punish child killers.
“The LNP’s Bill was drafted in honour of Caboolture toddler Mason Jett Lee, who died in agony over several days after being savagely beaten by his step-father.
“The LNP offered to work with Labor and support their bill if they supported ours as well, but Labor played politics with child killer laws.”
Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said the LNP’s Bill would introduce a new offence of child homicide, with a mandatory 15-year jail penalty.
The Bill would also increase the minimum non-parole period for the murder of a child under 18 from 20 to 25 years.
Mr Janetzki said the proposed child homicide offence would target those who kill through violence, sexual assault or neglect.
“In stark contrast to the LNP’s strong laws, Labor’s legislation is a tricky legal fix that will fail child victims,” Mr Janetzki said.
“Without the LNP’s proposed new laws, Queensland will continue to see weak sentencing for child killers.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s tricky legal change hasn’t worked in New South Wales and Queensland will be no different.
“Only the LNP will guarantee that child killers receive a minimum of 15 years imprisonment for manslaughter and 25 years for murder.”