Queenslanders are missing out on new nurses, new schools and additional frontline police officers because of ICT budget blowouts under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
This Labor Government has overseen ICT blowouts totalling to more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
Two hundred and fifty million dollars could have funded more than 2,300 nurses, 2,400 new police officers or 3,620 firefighters.
We could have built eight new schools, delivered more than 5,400 ice rehab beds or funded swimming lessons at all Queensland schools for a generation of kids.
I won’t let these budget blowouts happen on my watch.
I will make sure Queenslanders have access to additional rehab beds, swimming lessons and more frontline resources.
The LNP will properly manage projects, unlike Labor who are happily taking money out of your pocket.
The LNP started the ICT dashboard because we’re committed to openness and accountability.
In State Parliament today Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk revealed a disturbing lack of interest in one of Queensland’s biggest agricultural export industries - the $2.5 billion sugar industry.
When asked to rule out the scrapping of sugar marketing laws that protect the rights of Queensland canegrowers, the Premier admitted "that wasn’t on my radar".
LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett said the Premier’s dismissive comments confirm how little Labor cares about Queensland farmers.
"We were trying to get Annastacia Palaszczuk to reassure canegrowers, their families and rural communities that Labor will put growers’ interests ahead of the profits of multinational sugar milling companies," Mr Perrett said.
"The Premier’s extraordinary reply would have been cold comfort to an industry that is the lifeblood of communities up and down Queensland’s coast.
"Queensland cane growers urgently deserve a clear and unambiguous reassurance that this Labor Government will not repeal current sugar marketing laws.
"The LNP fought hard in the last Parliament to have these laws introduced to give growers real choice in marketing for the first time since Labor deregulated the sugar industry.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk must now guarantee that her Government will not abuse its majority in the Parliament to abolish these laws."
Mr Perrett said he had written to Labor Agriculture Minister Mark Furner urging him to leave the current fair-go sugar marketing laws in place.*
"I understand the Minister has been travelling around the state and can only have heard, as I have, how important it is for growers to have power in the marketing of their sugar," he said.
"If he doesn’t take that message back to the Cabinet table and stand up for growers then it’ll show, once again, how little Labor understands or cares about agriculture.
"Just as we did last year when we pressured for these laws to come in, the LNP will always put canegrowing families, mill workers and regional communities first."
The Palaszczuk Government has broken a promise to Queenslanders and left almost 5,500 Queensland children at risk due to a gaping loophole in the state’s Blue Card system.
Ms Frecklington said after a disturbing case in Townsville last year when a teachers’ aide working without a blue card exposed himself to children, then Education Minister Kate Jones promised she would introduce a ‘No Card, No Start’ policy to protect Queensland children from potential harm.*
"A week after the incident Kate Jones told Queenslanders she would fix this problem and now, just like so many of Labor’s promises, nothing has been done," Ms Frecklington said.
"Politicians need to act for the people and you’d think there’d be nothing more important to Annastacia Palaszczuk than the safety of our kids.
"As a mum, this is the type of thing that fills me with dread. The last thing we want to see is another incident happen with a young child exposed to someone who slipped through the cracks.
"We need Labor to get to work and fix this loophole ASAP.
"I am happy to work with the Premier to sort this out."
Ms Frecklington said the loophole meant staff in rural and remote areas can be in our classrooms, working with our children before they’ve been through critical background checks.
"Kate Jones herself admitted the arrangements were no longer needed and yet still nothing has happened," she said.**
"And as for suggestions from the Katter’s Australia Party that skill shortages in regional areas are an excuse to relax blue card standards – well that’s just not on.
"The answer to protecting children in remote and indigenous communities should never be to lower blue card standards.
"That’s a reckless policy that will only further disadvantage vulnerable families and children in those communities.
"Queensland’s indigenous kids deserve the highest standards of care and protection.
"The LNP stands ready to work with Labor to immediately modernise the blue card application process to close this loop hole."
** "Historically, this has been a useful option for employers who have difficulty recruiting staff to rural and remote areas. But as we modernise the application process and begin developing an online system, this is no longer necessary. It’s far more important that we close any loopholes that might result in harm to our children."
(Kate Jones, Townsville Bulletin, November 13, 2017)
A thorough investigation of Queensland’s petrol price cycle is needed and I welcome the ACCC’s decision to take action.
Queenslanders are struggling with household budgets and I am hopeful the investigation by the national consumer watchdog is the first step toward some relief to hip pockets.
The Liberal National Party understands the pain of high fuel prices. The ACCC investigation is yet another sign more needs to be done.
I again call on Labor to take action and adopt our policy to introduce real-time fuel price monitoring.
Real-time fuel price monitoring is a tool Queenslanders could use to find the best time to buy at sites with the lowest prices.
Queensland’s peak motoring body, RACQ has supported our plan.
The LNP asked the Premier in Parliament last month whether she would consider our real-time petrol price monitoring policy to help motorists but Annastacia Palaszczuk dismissed it.
NSW motorists are saving an average $6 per tank of fuel because of real-time fuel price monitoring and there’s no reason why Queenslanders should not be able to save the same.
Petrol prices are too high. That is what Queenslanders are telling us. Labor needs to adopt our solution that will save Queenslanders money.
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has said Queenslanders forced to install compulsory smart meters shouldn’t have to pay more for electricity.
"A Government I lead wouldn’t charge Queenslanders more for a compulsory Government program," Ms Frecklington said.
"Household’s shouldn’t be $100 a year worse off for a compulsory smart meter program.
"Smart meters are supposed to help consumers, not slug them with a secret tax on their power bill.
"The LNP won’t slug Queenslanders in secret, smart meters should be optional or delivered at the same price as existing meters."