Talking Politics

Wishing you a happy and safe Christmas

As 2016 draws to a close, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I hope you enjoy time with your family and friends over the holiday break and that 2017 meets your aspirations for the future.   Read more...

Bittersweet Adani announcement two years too late

I wholeheartedly welcome the $21 billion Carmichael mine and the many jobs that will flow for thousands of Queenslanders. But why has it taken Annastacia Palaszczuk two years to come to the party. It took two years for Labor to get their act into gear, there could have been thousands of jobs created and hundreds of millions of dollars of royalties coming into Queensland. As recently as three weeks ago the Palaszczuk Labor Government was still putting roadblocks in the way of this vital project, all to secure inner-city Green votes. Just a few weeks ago, the LNP led the charge in State Parliament to ensure this project wouldn’t be held up by further red tape from Labor.  When we came into Government in 2012, this project had been languishing for years under the Bligh Government.   Read more...

Labor never learns still spending more than they earn

The Palaszczuk Labor Government is spending more than it earns and debt is continuing to spiral under their incompetent economic management. Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said the release of the Report on State Finances confirmed we are seeing a return to the bad old days of Labor budget blowouts and deficits. “Curtis Pitt has managed to turn a forecast $331 million surplus into a $461 million deficit,” Mr Emerson said. “We now know the Palaszczuk Government has increased the size of the public service by 12,500 positions since coming to office. We also learnt employee expenses grew at almost 8% in just one year.   Read more...

Labor still slugging Queenslanders for car rego

The recent release of official inflation figures has again confirmed Queensland families are being slugged by the Palaszczuk Labor Government every time they go to pay for car registration. Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said “For the second year running this Labor government has increased family car rego costs by 3.5% - more than twice the inflation rate.” “Where's Annastacia Palaszczuk’s commitment to the battlers now? Queensland families are struggling to cope with spiraling household costs but she doesn’t care. “Don’t forget under the Bligh Labor Government we saw car rego costs soar by 30 per cent in their last four years and at the same time public transport fares increased by more than 50 per cent.   Read more...

Labor's reckless rush to renewables will pump up power prices

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has again failed to guarantee Queenslanders that their power bills won’t sky-rocket as a result of her unrealistic push to have 50 per cent of Queensland powered by green energy by 2030. Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said Labor’s “Credible Pathways to a 50 per cent Renewable Energy Target for Queensland – Draft Report” tried to deceive Queenslanders about the true costs of its energy policies. “The Renewable Energy Taskforce report seeks to justify Labor’s ideological obsession with green energy rather than tell the truth that it will add billions of dollars to Queenslanders power bills,” Mr Nicholls said.   Read more...

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