The Liberal National Party has urged the Palaszczuk Labor Government to stop wasting public money on renaming the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s proposal to change the name of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital shows that her priorities are all wrong,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.
“Instead of wasting taxpayers’ money trying to airbrush a pioneering female doctor from history, Labor should be trying to improve health services for our sickest kids.
“While Labor is fixated on a name, children at this hospital have been receiving chemo in the kitchen because of a bed shortage.
“I’ve spoken to the parents of young chemotherapy patients, like Louise and Nerida, and they cannot believe how out of touch and arrogant the Palaszczuk Government is.
“It’s telling that Labor hasn’t got the guts to tell the public how much the renaming of the hospital will cost.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to back down on this decision – just like she did on her plan to rename a stand at Suncorp Stadium.”
The shocking extent of violence inside Queensland’s two youth detention centres has been exposed in RTI documents obtained by the Liberal National Party.
The documents show a staggering 1248 violent incidents were recorded at the state’s two detention centres, in Brisbane and Townsville, between January 1 and May 31 this year.
“Our youth detention centres have become warzones,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to explain why the youth justice system is in crisis on her watch. “No wonder youth crime continues to increase when we have a revolving door youth justice system and detention centres that are out of control. “Labor urgently needs to get a grip of these centres and start properly rehabilitating offenders.” A total of 962 reportable incidents were documented at Brisbane and 717 at Townsville.
This total included 1248 incidents categorized as involving ‘physical’ and ‘non-physical’ violence.
These included 48 assaults by detainees on staff, 43 assaults by detainees on detainees and three assaults by staff on detainees. Other incidents recorded included:
“I feel for the staff who are struggling to keep control of these centres and turn young offenders’ lives around,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Sadly, it’s clear that Labor is too soft and too spineless to deal with this situation effectively.”
A leading research institute has found that drug overdose deaths are increasing and that the death rate in regional Queensland is substantially higher than in Brisbane.
The 2018 annual overdose report released by the Penington Institute found that the continued growth in overdose deaths is linked to highly potent drugs, with ICE and heroin causing significant fatalities.
The LNP is committed to opening four new regional drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres in Townsville, Wide Bay, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast if it wins the 2020 election. The report found there were 301 accidental drug overdose deaths in Queensland in 2016, with 5.3 deaths per 100,000 people in Greater Brisbane and 7.3 deaths per 100,000 in the regions.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said that more must be done to beat the ICE epidemic, particularly in regional Queensland.
“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.
“This drug doesn’t discriminate, it decimates. Cars get stolen, houses are robbed and businesses are broken into just so people can feed their habit.
“There is nothing more heartbreaking than when someone from my community reaches out to tell me how ICE has devastated their family, extended family and livelihood.
“The LNP has a comprehensive ICE plan that provides more treatment, more education and awareness and four additional rehabilitation and detox centres across regional Queensland.
“This is a priority policy for me and my team and one that will help bridge the divide between our regions and the south-east.”
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said that the Palaszczuk Government’s ‘business as usual’ approach isn’t working.
“There is no new money or any new ideas and the one rehabilitation facility Labor are building in Rockhampton has been delayed,” Ms Bates said.
“Labor is failing to protect our regional communities from the horrors of ICE.”
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for using Queenslanders as cash cows instead of keeping them safe on the roads, one week after Road Safety Week.
“Labor’s own budget shows that the government expects to raise $446 million in fines and forfeitures in this financial year alone, an 11.5% increase from last year,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Worse still, Labor is planning a windfall of $520 million in 2021/22, an astonishing increase of 30% since 2017/18.
“The staggering revenue totals we are seeing clearly shows Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor Government is treating Queensland motorists as cash cows.
“A single speed camera costing Queenslanders almost $5000 an hour is not about road safety – its blatant revenue raising for Labor Government coffers.
“Sadly, road fatalities are up more than 10% from this time last year and it is clear that real road safety action is needed instead of greedy mobile speed camera cash grabs.
“High visibility policing will always be better at enforcing safe driving than fines being sent to drivers long after they were caught speeding.”
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said it was clear Labor’s use of mobile speed cameras was all about revenue raising and not road safety.
"The Labor Government got rid of the requirement for mobile speed camera units to display ‘speed camera in use’ signs to alert motorists to the camera,” Mr Mander said.
“The LNP would bring back the signs and stop leeching from the wallets of everyday motorists.
“Research shows overt police presence and enforcement has a major impact on driver behaviour and the RACQ and Police Union support bringing back the signs.
“The LNP want to save lives and for motorists to be safe on the road, but we don’t want to rip Queenslanders off.
“That is why the LNP would reintroduce the ‘speed camera in use’ policy to return the focus to saving lives, not revenue raising.”
The LNP has a track record of investing in road safety – our two-year $350 million Road Safety Action Plan saw Queensland’s lowest road toll on record in 2014.
Our plan included a mix of infrastructure, enforcement and education with action items including: • Flashing lights at school zones • State-wide speed limit review • Upgrading red light and speed cameras, and • Boosting Safer Roads Sooner program.