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Fighting for property rights - Hansard 17 March 2016

Secure property rights are an essential element for economic growth, investment and jobs. Protecting property rights has been a central part of my political identity ever since I have been in politics. I have fought to protect the property rights of Queensland, both rural and urban Queenslanders, in the planning reforms that we brought in and in opposing a number of pieces of legislation that the Labor Party has introduced into this House. We saw that again tonight. After watching that debacle – it will impact on the private property rights of every property owner in my electorate - I am tonight committing myself totally to ridding this chamber of this Labor government.    Read more...

KAP go missing in action during crucial vote

The Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) failed to show up to a crucial vote in Parliament on Tuesday that could have prevented the Palaszczuk Labor Government from taking over local hospital boards. Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said the LNP Opposition voted against a Palaszczuk Labor Government’s Bill containing clauses that would have given the Health Minister the right to appoint people to local hospital boards at his whim. “It is incredibly disappointing that KAP members, who often claim to be local champions, didn’t bother to be present for the vote,” Mr McArdle said. “Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth missed a prime opportunity to support local decision making and stop the Palaszczuk Government from doing what Labor does best – undermine our health system.

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LNP forces Palaszczuk Government to support Adani project

The LNP Opposition has successfully moved a motion in State Parliament to pressure the Palaszczuk Labor Government to immediately provide all State Government approvals necessary for Adani's Carmichael Mine. Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said it was left to up to the LNP to force Labor’s hand on the project after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Mines Minister Anthony Lynham had dragged the chain on granting a mining lease for Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine.  “The Premier promised Queenslanders that this week would be all about her jobs agenda, but tonight has uncovered what we all expected – her Labor Government doesn’t have one,” Mr Springborg said. “Labor pretends be on a job-creation drive yet they have been frozen-at-the-wheel for months, failing to approve a project that could create thousands of jobs for Central and Northern Queensland.   Read more...

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...

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