Queensland Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Treasurer - Tim Mander MP for Everton, Brisbane, Australia

QUEENSLAND DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AND SHADOW TREASURER

Labor Miles away from fixing hospital crisis

Thu 10 Jan 2019
 
Embattled Health Minister Stephen Miles should immediately be sacked by Premier Annastacia Palasczcuk, as the health crisis across Queensland shows no signs of improvement.
 
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said images of patients jam-packed in the corridors of the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, are truly shocking.
 
“Our public hospitals are literally bursting at the seams and Labor’s promised upgrades are years away from completion,” Mr Mander said.
 
“When the LNP left office, ramping was at 15 per cent across the state – it’s now up to a staggering 24 per cent under the Labor Palaszczuk Government.
 
“Premier Palaszczuk and the Minister are more interested in wasting millions of dollars of tax payers money on changing hospital names, rather than putting the health and wellbeing of Queenslanders first.
 
“If the Annastacia Palaszczuk had any respect for Queenslanders she would immediately remove Stephen Miles from the health portfolio.
 
“He is out of his depth, clearly not up to it and is amateur at best.”
 

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LNP calls on Labor to sign up to sex offender registry

Wed 9 Jan 2019
 
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander has urged the Labor Palaszczuk Government to join the conversation about the introduction of a national register for child sex offenders.
 
The Commonwealth proposal would see the establishment of an online register and include the offender’s name, location and other details relating to offences they’ve committed. The Queensland LNP said it would be appropriate to name any new law “Daniel’s Law” after Sunshine Coast boy Daniel Morcombe who was abducted and murdered by known paedophile Brett Peter Cowan in 2003.
 
Mr Mander said keeping Queensland children safe is the number one priority for the LNP. “We must ensure our kids are safe from these predators,” Mr Mander said.
 
“An online sex offender registry would keep parents informed and provided them crucial information.
 
“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk should not play politics on this issue and do what’s right for Queensland by getting on board.
 
“It’s time for Labor to put community safety first.
 
“The LNP has a strong record after introducing tough criminal law reforms, including mandatory life imprisonment for repeat child sex offenders, increasing penalties for child exploitation material and mandatory 12 months jail for a sex offender who tampers with their GPS tracking device. “Convicted child sex offenders are the worst of the worst and more needs to be done to empower and enable parents to protect their kids. “Last year the LNP introduced legislation to crackdown on dangerous sex offenders by locking up these monsters and we think a public sex offender register is another tool to give Queensland parents peace-of-mind that their children are safe.”
 

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Labor Hikes Fares as Rail Fail Rolls On and On

Tue 8 Jan 2019
 
The Palaszczuk Labor Government is forcing Queenslanders to pay more for transport fares despite no timetable for the restoration of 472 axed services.
 
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Queensland Rail had failed to meet its own target to recover full timetabled services by late 2018 and raising ticket and go-card prices yesterday was out of touch.
 
“Labor should not be putting fare prices up in any way, shape or form until rail services are restored,” Mr Mander said.
 
“Queensland commuters are paying more but getting less under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
 
“Labor plunged the transport network into chaos and Rail Fail led to huge timetable cuts across southeast Queensland.
 
“The Strachan Report shows Queensland Rail expected full timetabled services to be recovered by late 2018*, but that has come and gone without any improvements.
 
“It’s a disgrace Labor think it’s appropriate for fares to go up despite no end in sight for Rail Fail.
 
“Commuters are sick of waiting for trains that don’t show up and watching services bypass their station.
 
“Unreliable services and daily disruptions mixed with fare hikes will only lead to people avoiding using our public transport system, which is completely unacceptable.
 
“The LNP cut transport fares by 5 per cent and handed over the best-managed rail network in Australia to Labor in 2015 only to have it run into the ground.
 
“It’s clear that only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government will restore our rail services.”
 
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Gold Coast Cop Bashed by Teen as Assaults Soar

Mon 7 Jan 2019
The brutal bashing of a police officer by a teenager proves Annastacia Palaszczuk has lost control of crime on the Gold Coast, the LNP said today.
 
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said he was sickened by the coward-punch attack, which was caught on CCTV in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
 
Media has reported that the 17-year-old suspect has been charged with serious assault and released on bail by magistrates.
 
“To see a teenager coward-punching a cop in the face is just disgusting,” Mr Mander said.
 
“This unprovoked, outrageous attack shows Labor has lost control of crime on the Gold Coast.
 
“The Gold Coast is facing a crime crisis under Annastacia Palaszczuk.
 
“Since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier assaults have soared by 81 per cent on the Gold Coast.
 
“Almost 1400 more people a year are being bashed on the Coast – including police and the public. This appalling violence has to stop.”
 
LNP Shadow Police Minister Trevor Watts said the Palaszczuk Labor Government had slashed 44 police officers from the Gold Coast and had ordered senior police to divert even more officers to the Logan police district.
 
“At the last election Annastacia Palaszczuk promised more police for the Gold Coast but she has actually cut policing in the middle of a crime wave,” Mr Watts said.
 
“At the last election we pledged to introduce mandatory jail time for assaults on police and emergency workers. We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brave police officers.
 
“A Deb Frecklington LNP Government would give our police the resources and stronger laws they need to cut crime and keep the community safe.”

 

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Queenslanders face misery on our motorways

Fri 28 Dec 2018
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said Queenslanders’ holiday traffic misery is set to keep worsening without major infrastructure investment from the Palaszczuk Government.
 
Motorists faced mayhem on the M1 yesterday and traffic is expected to be heavy again as more residents head to beaches today.
 
“Queenslanders just want to relax with their friends and family, but many will be spending hours stuck in traffic because of our growing congestion crisis,” Mr Mander said.
 
“Unlike Annastacia Palaszczuk, the LNP has a plan to beat this massive problem.
“We’re committed to upgrading the M1 and to building a second M1 to cut congestion between the Gold Coast and Brisbane – our two biggest cities.
 
“We also plan to six-lane the Bruce Highway all the way to Caloundra and to investigate the creation of new routes to cut local congestion.
 
“It’s a bold plan – but we need urgent and ambitious action to solve the problems that have been caused by decades of underinvestment by successive Labor Governments.
“Our state’s population has surged in recent years, but Labor has spent less on new infrastructure than any Government in living memory.
 
“Queenslanders are paying more tax and our debt is heading for $83.5 billion, but we don’t even have decent roads.
 
“Labor can spin it as much as they like, but they have lost control of our congestion crisis.”

 

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No Christmas cheer for more jobless Queenslanders

Thu 20 Dec 2018

More Queenslanders will head into the Christmas holiday season unemployed, as Annastacia Palaszczuk’s lack of an economic plan hits home with Queensland once again at the rear of the pack.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released new data today which found Queensland’s unemployment rate has increased to 6.4% in seasonally adjusted terms.

Compared to this time last year, 12,800 more Queenslanders don’t have a job.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said you can’t expect jobs to be created when Labor loses control of the state’s finances and slugs Queenslanders with five new taxes.

“Unfortunately today’s statistics aren’t a surprise and it saddens me to think that 168,200 Queenslanders will head into Christmas without a job and no prospects of getting one in the new year,” Mr Mander said.

“Labor's economic mismanagement added 1,557 Queenslanders to the jobless queue in one month alone.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s 5 new taxes, low business confidence and failure to invest in infrastructure is costing Queenslanders jobs.

“Only the LNP has an economic plan to increase jobs and ensure Queensland’s best days are ahead of us.

“We are committed to make sure more Queenslanders get jobs and our great state becomes the envy of Australia.”

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Mid-Year Economic and Financial Review

Thu 13 Dec 2018
‘It’s alarming that that our debt is increasing despite record royalties.
 
‘It’s astonishing that employee expenses have blown out by almost $1billion since the Budget just five months ago.
 
‘Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in the nation and there’s no good news in this update for people looking for a job.
 
‘I feel sorry for the 165,000 Queenslanders who will be out of work this Christmas.’
 
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Homeowner dream out of sight under Labor

Mon 10 Dec 2018

The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s new taxes and cuts to the First Home Owners’ Grant are crushing the Queensland dream of owning a home, LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander has warned.

“The latest ABS figures released today show Queensland’s housing commitments fell 0.4 per cent in just one month, a far greater fall than the national average,” Mr Mander said.

“Housing commitments have plummeted since Labor cut the First Homeowners’ Grant from $20,000 to $15,000 and ramped up land taxes.

“After Labor’s cut of the First Home Owners’ Grant there has been a monthly average drop in applications from 796 to 660.

“The number of housing commitments has now fallen below 10,000 in Queensland for the first time since May 2016.

“It’s only going to get worse when the construction industry is smashed with Labor’s waste tax, which they have jacked up from $70 to $75 a tonne.

“Under Labor, housing and construction are declining, unemployment is rising, and Queenslanders can’t find a foothold on the property ladder.

“The LNP has a proven track record of success and delivered a 20 per cent increase in housing commitments in government.

“Only the LNP, with its commitment to no new taxes and cutting red tape for business, can ensure the future of the Queensland economy.”

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ABS shows state economy shrinking, unemployment rising

Wed 5 Dec 2018

New figures released by the ABS today show Queensland had the worst-performing economy of any state in the last quarter.

The state’s seasonally adjusted final demand fell by 0.4 per cent in the September quarter, due in large part to a decline in engineering and construction work.
 
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Queensland now had worst-performing economy and highest unemployment of any state in the nation.
 
“After four years of Labor, Queensland’s economy is going backwards,” Mr Mander said.
“Nationally the economy continues to grow, so the problems we face are down to Annastacia Palaszczuk’s economically incompetent government.
 
“All Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered is tax, unemployment, debt and a shrinking economy.
“Queensland used to be Australia’s economic powerhouse, but we’re fast becoming a basketcase.”
 
Mr Mander said with a massive fall of $422 million in private non-dwelling construction and a fall of $644 million in business investment, it was no wonder Queensland’s economy had collapsed.
 
“This just goes to show you can’t tax your way to growth,” Mr Mander said.
 
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has also refused to rule out any new taxes on top of their five new taxes that are already weighing the Queensland economy down.
 
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is costing Queenslanders their jobs.
 
“Only the LNP with its commitment to no new taxes and to cutting red tape can ensure that Queensland’s economic future is secure.”
 
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Queensland building approvals continue to tumble under Labor

Mon 3 Dec 2018

Queensland’s construction industry has suffered yet another hammer blow, with new figures showing the Labor Palaszczuk government is failing the industry.

The total number of dwelling units approved in Queensland fell by 2.88% to 3106.
It’s the eighth consecutive month that trend building approvals have decreased.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics also revealed Queensland’s monthly fall outstripped the national average of 1.1%, while the total value of building jobs across the state decreased by 2.49%.

LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander has hit out at the Labor Palaszczuk government for their economic mismanagement.

“Yet another independent report has confirmed the Queensland economy continues to suffer under Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.” Mr. Mander said

“The fall in building approvals in October alone cost Queensland’s economy almost $41 million and there has been a huge drop of almost 16.5 per cent in building approvals since February this year.

“If you don’t have building approvals, you don’t have construction. If you don’t have construction, you don’t have jobs – it’s that simple.

“Labor has cut the first homeowners’ grant, slugged Queenslanders with five new taxes and hasn’t improved the state of the construction industry.

“Only the LNP can deliver a strong economy by committing no new taxes, cutting red tape for businesses and increase the number of new dwelling approvals in Queensland.”

 

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