The Palaszczuk Government’s failure to invest in infrastructure is the biggest single brake on the construction industry, a disturbing new report has revealed today.
More than 55 per cent of respondents to the Queensland Infrastructure Conditions and Business Sentiment report said Labor was holding back growth.
Liberal National Party Shadow Infrastructure Minister Andrew Powell MP called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to take immediate action to clear the biggest blockage to business growth – Labor’s lack of an investment plan.
"While long-term infrastructure investment may not be important to Annastacia Palaszczuk’s union bosses, it’s vital to maintaining a strong industry in Queensland," Mr Powell said.
"Unlike Labor, the LNP has an economic plan to grow our economy now and into the future.
"The LNP built the first M1, linking Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and under our economic plan it will be an LNP Government that will build a second M1.
"Pushing the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s petty politics aside, our economic plan commits to getting on and delivering the Sunshine Coast rail duplication.
"The LNP’s economic plan provides the long-term certainty being called for by industry and will deliver the congestion-busting infrastructure to get Queenslanders home sooner and safer.
"Labor’s ideological Buy Queensland Policy also registered as a major concern for the industry – one respondent outlined that it was the last thing the industry needs.
"Instead of doubling down on bad policy, Palaszczuk needs to admit failure and take steps to improve the system."
An LNP Government will put Queenslanders safety first, closing down Labor’s failed suburban bail houses.
Liberal National Party Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki said the LNP would always put victims ahead of criminals.
"Labor’s band aid solution of moving violent young offenders into suburban bail houses has been a complete debacle since the get go," Mr Janetzki said.
"We’ve seen offenders escape from bail houses, go on crime sprees and millions of dollars spent on these houses.
"We have had 35 critical incidents in these bail houses in Townsville alone since being introduced in January 2018.
"Queenslanders are sick of being treated as second rate citizens under Labor, who are putting offenders first.
"We’ve listened to Queenslanders, who are terrified of having violent offenders living next door, and this is why we have ruled out suburban bail houses.
"Under an LNP Government, young offenders will be kept in youth detention facilities and not allowed to run riot in the community.
"These bail houses aren’t good for community safety and certainly are not helping to rehabilitate our young offenders.
"The LNP never has, and never will support housing young offenders in Queensland suburbs."
Mr Janetzki said even the Palaszczuk Labor Government was backing away from their failed policy.
"Last week in Estimates, the Minister for Youth Justice announced the Government was pushing back the rollout of five new bail houses," Mr Janetzki said.
"This is just more proof that Labor’s failed policy isn’t working and now they are trying to walk away from the youth bail house strategy.
"These aren’t bail houses, these are fail houses.
"Youth justice is a sensitive and complex policy area and its’ been three years of complete chaos under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
"Young offenders need to be held accountable for their actions. The revolving door of youth justice needs to stop.
"The LNP will always put community safety first."
Queensland communities affected by drought will receive much-needed support in the form of extra federal household assistance as the climatic situation continues to become increasingly dire.
The Federal Coalition Government’s announcement of an additional $190 million in extra support and funding for drought-affected farmers across the country has been welcomed by Liberal National Party State Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.
"These extra support measures announced by Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull on the weekend and confirmed by Cabinet today show that the federal Coalition is not only listening, but is willing to take action when it comes to supporting our struggling farmers and regional communities," Ms Frecklington said.
"Queensland primary producers are doing it tough and it's important they know they aren't facing this drought alone."
Liberal National Party Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett thanked the Federal Coalition for its support for Queensland farmers.
"It is important that as a government we do everything we can to support our farming families during this unforgiving drought," Mr Perrett said.
"This also means government getting out of the way and allowing landholders to productively manage their properties in times of drought and hardship.
"Unfortunately, the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s unfair vegetation management laws are directly affecting Queensland farmers’ ability to feed their starving livestock.
"Labor’s new restrictions on using mulga trees to feed livestock have added extra red tape and untold stress to farmers struggling to keep what’s left of their sheep and cattle alive."
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the Liberal National Party was committed to building the dams and water infrastructure that would help drought proof more regions in the state.
"While Labor refuse to build the dams that will help drought proof our regions and create jobs, the LNP will raise the Burdekin Falls Dam wall, get the Urannah and Nullinga Dam projects shovel ready and finally deliver Rockwood Weir for Central Queensland.
"Only the Liberal National Party is committed to doing what it takes to support our drought affected communities in the longer term."
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s unfair vegetation management laws are making it harder for Queensland farmers and graziers to keep to stock alive during the current drought ravaging rural and regional communities.
LNP Shadow Natural Resources Minister Dale Last slammed the Palaszczuk Government for enacting laws and then refusing to fund extension officers to help landholders cope with them.
"It’s clear that Labor’s new restrictions on using mulga trees to feed livestock have added extra red tape and untold stress to farmers struggling to keep what’s left of their sheep and cattle alive," Mr Last said.
"Labor’s laws are unworkable when it comes to managing mulga as fodder through the drought with the situation only set to get worse if the drought deepens.
"These laws have to potential to create real animal welfare issues on properties, yet this government’s happy to sit by and let farmers and livestock suffer.
"To make matters worse, Minister Anthony Lynham has refused to fund new extension officers to support farmers and landholders as the laws are rolled out.
"These are real people with real emotions. It’s absolutely devastating that Labor’s willing to exploit the city country divide with these laws to snare extra votes in inner city Brisbane.
"While Labor refuses to build the dams that will create jobs and help drought our regions, the LNP would raise the Burdekin Falls Dam wall, get the Urannah and Nullinga Dam projects shovel ready and finally deliver Rockwood Weir for Central Queensland.
"Only the Liberal National Party is committed to doing what it takes to drought proof our regions."
"I welcome the announcement from the Turnbull Government that they will be providing more drought assistance to our struggling farmers and regional communities.
"Our farmers are the backbone of Queensland and we need to be doing everything we can to support our farming families during this unforgiving drought.
"They're doing it tough and it's important they know they aren't facing this drought alone."