Talking Politics

Labor threatens integrity of Health Boards

The Palaszczuk Labor Government is gearing up for its latest attack on the health system after reports doctors will be replaced with union bosses on Queensland’s Hospital Boards. Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said Hospital and health boards must be independent to ensure decisions are in the best interests of Queensland patients. “ The Boards are comprised of local people with local knowledge. Under the LNP, we introduced a policy dictating all boards must have one doctor and one nurse. “Feedback from health staff reveal Labor plans to use unions as its main ‘governing’ body with the boards no longer being independent and merely a partner.   Read more...

Labor set to tax state school education

A leaked discussion paper has uncovered a secret plan by the Palaszczuk Labor Government to tax state school education in Queensland. The document titled Queensland Economic Action Plan outlines ‘refinements’ to the state’s current school system that include ‘co-payments for high income families’. Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the Palaszczuk Labor Government would be effectively slugging Queensland families with an education tax in order to pay for its own budget failings.    Read more...

Labor bows to LNP pressure for a fair go for fishers

Labor’s Fisheries Minister has bowed to pressure from the LNP Opposition to increase compensation to commercial fishers who will be affected by the government’s knee-jerk net free fishing zone policy. Shadow Fisheries Minister Deb Frecklington moved a Disallowance Motion in Parliament to hit the ‘pause’ button on Labor’s rushed process to implement three net-free zones in Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.   Read more...

Labor's hollow support for Queensland resources sector

The recent statement by Treasurer Curtis Pitt that the Palaszczuk Labor Government was a champion of the Queensland resources sector just doesn’t stack up, Shadow State Development and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps said. Mr Cripps said while the Palaszczuk Government may recognise the contribution the resources sector made in terms of jobs, investment and economic development of communities across Queensland, its actual support for the industry was non-existent. “Mr Pitt’s claim is laughable when you consider Labor’s actions and decisions since it took office in February this year,” he said. “The resources sector has been going backwards in terms of lost opportunities and politically motivated interventions.   Read more...

LNP to empower not-for-profit and private sector to drive more services and jobs for QLD

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg has outlined his vision to empower not-for-profit organisations and the private sector to deliver more community care services for Queenslanders needing a helping hand. Speaking at the recent LNP State Conference, Mr Springborg said an LNP Government would trial innovative Social Benefit Bonds as a way of tackling emerging social issues, including homelessness, preventative health care and early childhood education.     Read more...

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