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State News - Archived Items - February 2019

Labor leaves emergency fodder cargo plane sitting on tarmac

8th February 2019

LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett has called on all levels of Government to show some leadership and get much-needed feed out of Brisbane and up to starving cattle immediately.

B-doubles full of hay have been waiting to go north since Monday, a military cargo plane has been sitting on the tarmac at Amberly Air Base since Tuesday – but graziers in the North West are yet to receive anything.

“Thousands of cattle are needlessly dying while the Palaszczuk Labor Government is standing around waiting for someone to give them the okay to send desperately-needed feed,” Mr Perrett said.

“The Federal Government has already approved. Labor needs to stop wasting time and get the plane in the air.

“I’m urgently calling on Annastacia Palaszczuk to show some leadership and take responsibility for the welfare of tens-of-thousands of animals.

“The time for talk is over. We just want Labor to do their job and take action.

“Graziers in the North West have undergone significant hardship from both drought and now floods and Labor’s delays are shameful.

“The Liberal National Party supports graziers and will be doing everything in our power to help the community get back on their feet as soon as possible.”

LNP calls for tougher hit-run penalties

7th February 2019

Shadow Attorney-General David Janetzki is demanding harsher penalties for hit and run offenders in Queensland, after meeting the family of Ken Altoft who was struck and killed in November 2017.

During a visit to the Sunshine Coast today, Mr Janetzki was joined by

LNP Member for Nicklin Marty Hunt and LNP Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie.

"The laws dealing with hit and run offences are clearly inadequate and Queenslanders are demanding change," Mr Janetzki said.

"We believe people who callously flee the scene after causing injury, should serve time behind bars.

"Currently, the maximum penalty for hit and run offences in Queensland is 3 years jail. Most other states have a minimum of 5 to 10.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government must review the current law and bring Queensland penalties into line with other states."

LNP Member for Nicklin Marty Hunt said, “Labor must show some leadership and throw the book at these types of offenders.”

“These families suffer immense grief and it’s made worse by a slap-on-the-wrist.”

LNP Member for Ninderry and former detective Dan Purdie added, “road fatalities are devastating for the family and friends left behind.”

“Those who people who make a choice to leave the crash site involving another motorist that results in injury or death, should serve jail time.”

Palaszczuk’s performance review is a shocker

5th February 2019

Support for the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s policies has slumped again in the latest quarterly Sensis survey of small and medium businesses.

The Queensland Government was already rated the least business-friendly in Australia by Sensis, but its rating fell another four points in the December quarter to a shocking -19 points.

By contrast, the Federal Government’s Sensis rating in Queensland is positive and rising.

“Business people think the Palaszczuk Government is the worst in Australia by a huge margin,” Shadow Treasurer and LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said.

“Alarmingly, their concerns about this government are actually growing.

“For every business that thinks the Palaszczuk Government is helping them, three think it’s working against them.

“Queensland businesses are right to be angry at Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“In the last year, Annastacia Palaszczuk has smashed businesses with five new taxes and vital projects across Queensland are being held up by bureaucracy.

“Unemployment is rising and 165,000 out-of-work Queenslanders are now desperately looking for a job.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk promised ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ but she has no plan for the economy.”

Mr Mander said the Federal Government’s economic management had lifted the confidence of many small and medium businesses, but Queensland was still under-performing because of four years of incompetent state government under Labor.

“A Deb Frecklington LNP Government would implement our Economic Plan to build job-creating infrastructure, rule out new taxes and support small business,” Mr Mander said.

“Queensland used to be Australia’s economic powerhouse, but under Labor all we’re seeing is more tax, debt and unemployment.”

 

Business confidence collapsing under Labor

4th February 2019

Business confidence in Queensland is collapsing under Annastacia Palaszczuk, according to the latest survey from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).

Today’s CCIQ’s quarterly Pulse Survey shows confidence in Queensland’s economic outlook slumped by 5.1 points in the December 2018 quarter.

The index is now a staggering 10.3 points lower than it was 12 months ago (Dec 2017: 51.0, Dec 2018: 40.7).

Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the report was alarming and showed business conditions, confidence and profitability were all falling after four years of Labor Government.

“This is more proof that our economy is flatlining at a time when we desperately need to be creating more jobs for Queenslanders,” Mr Mander said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has lost control of the economy and she has lost the confidence of business.”

The general business conditions index also fell 4.2 points in the last quarter to just 42.1 points.

Alarmingly, almost half (47%) of Queensland businesses reported declining profitability over the December quarter.

“Business confidence is down, business conditions are deteriorating and the economic outlook continues to worsen under Labor,” Mr Mander said.

“Some 165,000 Queenslanders are out of a job and their hopes of finding work are fading under this economically incompetent government.

“Queensland has been slugged with five new taxes and Labor has slashed vital infrastructure spending since 2015. Labor has no plan for our economy.

“A Deb Frecklington LNP Government would implement our Economic Plan to build job-creating infrastructure, rule out new taxes and support small business.

“All Labor is giving Queensland is more tax, debt and unemployment.”

 

Labor fails Queensland VET students

1st February 2019

In damning new data released today by the National Productivity Commission, Queensland students in VET training have dropped by 33,700 from 2015 to 2017.

Alarmingly, Queensland was the only mainland state in the nation to experience a decline in training numbers.

LNP Skills and Training spokeswoman Fiona Simpson slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s failure to support Queensland students.

“It is disgraceful that 33,700 fewer VET students are being trained while the state’s unemployment rate continues to be amongst the highest in the country,” Ms Simpson said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has shamefully allowed Queensland to go backwards while every other mainland state has increased training numbers.

“Labor’s self-serving priorities are dragging the state down by blocking training opportunities for Queenslanders who are trying to get ahead.

“Instead of investing in students Labor have been splurging millions on TAFE Queensland executive travel, hospitality expenses, golden handshakes and Commonwealth Games tickets.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk also recently refused $245 million in desperately-needed vocational training funding from the Federal Government under a new national partnership.

“That $245 million of vocational training funds could have been used to help young Queenslanders make a start in their careers.

“To get our economy back on track, we need more students completing VET training to give them the best chance of getting a job.”

Source: Data table attached, report link - https://www.pc.gov.au/research/ongoing/report-on-government-services/2019/child-care-education-and-training/vocational-education-and-training/rogs-2019-partb-chapter5.pdf

 

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