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


Townsville going bankrupt under Labor


Townsville has received another unenviable title thanks to the economic mismanagement of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

New figures released today by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) have revealed Townsville now has the highest number of bankruptcies in the state, outside of South East Queensland.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Labor is driving hundreds of Townsville residents and business to the wall each year.

“Over five hundred Townsville small businesses and residents declared bankruptcy last year,” Mr Mander said.

“That’s the highest number in all of regional Queensland.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has neglected Townsville and taken the region for granted from the day she was elected.

“Compared to the previous LNP Government, Townsville bankruptcies have increased by more than a quarter.

“Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in mainland Australia, it’s the only state in the nation where weekly earnings are going backwards and now the state has become the bankruptcy capital of the nation.

“This is all because of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s weak leadership and her slack wall-to-wall Labor MP’s in North Queensland.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has no plan for Townsville except more taxes, less jobs, less infrastructure and a debt bomb ticking over $90 billion.”

Source CCIQ


Townsville Bankruptcies


   - 401


   - 416


   - 528


   - 469


   - 503

Trad cashes in through Government legal work

A law firm part-owned by one of Jackie Trad’s private trusts received almost $5.4m in legal fees from the Palaszczuk Labor Government last year, the answer to an LNP question-on-notice has revealed.
The trust has an undisclosed stake in Brisbane law firm DWF – which also employs Ms Trad’s husband as a principal lawyer.
It has now been revealed that DWF was the second-highest recipient of Queensland Government WorkCover legal fees in 2018-19, earning $5,396,000 in total.
“This information shows Jackie Trad is earning private profits from the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” said LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander.
“Jackie Trad already earns $360,000 as Treasurer, but she is double-dipping through the law firm she co-owns.
“It does not pass the pub test for Jackie Trad to be Treasurer while she’s raking in profits from the State Government through her trust’s law firm.
“The more we learn about Jackie Trad’s personal interests, the worse it gets.
“Jackie Trad should have been sacked long ago over her dodgy property purchase in Woolloongabba.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is the weakest Premier in living memory and is clearly too gutless to stand up to Jackie Trad.” 
Last month it was revealed that DWF is also used by government-owned corporation CS Energy.
The value of its contracts has not been disclosed by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Unemployment rate on the up under Palaszczuk

The latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics released today showed Queensland’s unemployment rate has jumped to 6.4 per cent on trend terms. 
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Queensland had the highest trend unemployment rate on mainland Australia under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.  
“The staggering unemployment queue is now more than 173,000,” Mr Mander said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has hit Queenslanders with 10 new or increased taxes this term.
“Labor’s taxes are weakening our economy and destroying jobs.
“Only Tasmania (6.7 per cent) has a worse trend unemployment rate than Queensland and that’s nothing to be proud of.
“Queensland has gone from being an economic powerhouse to the unemployment capital of mainland Australia under Annastacia Palaszczuk. 
“All Labor has delivered is higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure.
“Only the LNP has an economic plan to create jobs, build the congestion-busting infrastructure the state needs and support our regions”

Business confidence goes from Trad to worse

Businesses have passed a damning vote of no confidence in the Palaszczuk Labor Government after its latest Budget delivered higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure.
The latest Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) Pulse survey (released today) shows business confidence in Queensland stood at 43.5 points in the June quarter – 4.2 points lower than June 2018.
The first post-Budget survey also showed 80 per cent of businesses are expecting the state’s dire economic conditions to stagnate or worsen.
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Labor was smashing business with almost $3.5 billion of new taxes, slashing infrastructure investment and destroying jobs.
“The overwhelming majority of Queensland businesses fear for the future with Annastacia Palaszczuk and Jackie Trad in charge,” Mr Mander said.
“Sadly, businesses and workers are right to be worried.
“Labor has hit Queensland with 10 tax hikes, sent our debt surging to $90 billion and delivered the highest unemployment rate in mainland Australia.
“Jackie Trad may be making a mint from her private property portfolio, but she has been a disaster as Treasurer of this state.
“Only a Deb Frecklington LNP Government will restore Queensland’s confidence by building job-creating infrastructure, ending Labor’s waste and guaranteeing no new taxes.”

The numbers dont lie but the Minister does

The Palaszczuk Labor Government is letting down some of Queensland’s most vulnerable citizens, as the amount of public housing applications continues to skyrocket.
LNP Shadow Housing Minister Michael Hart said Annastacia Palaszczuk and her embattled Minister
Mick De Brenni should be ashamed of their appalling record.
“Minister Mick De Brenni must be sacked for his incompetence,” Mr Hart said.
“When the LNP left government the total figure had fallen by 7004 to 16,546.*
“As of the end of March 2019, that figure is closing-in on 20,000.
“The numbers don’t lie.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is failing Queensland’s homeless and they don’t have a plan to reverse the trend.
“8,625 applications have been made in the ‘very high’ segment of need, which is more than double, since the LNP left office in 2015.
“In March alone, 1037 families applied for housing assistance, which is a staggering increase of 14%.
“These aren’t just numbers on a spreadsheet, these are desperate Queenslanders who looking for a roof over their head.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s priorities are all wrong, while Mick De Brenni clearly can’t handle his portfolio and needs to go.
“Queenslanders are doing it tough thanks to ten new or higher taxes, since the last election.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk can’t be trusted to create jobs.
“Queensland has the worst unemployment rate in mainland Australia and the Palaszczuk Labor Government has no plan to fix it.
“Only Deb Frecklington and the LNP has an economic plan to help everyone get ahead.” 

Palaszczuk Must Stop Elder Abuse Cover Up

Wed 7 Aug 2019
Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has condemned the Palaszczuk Labor Government for covering up the shocking physical and sexual abuse of residents in state-run aged care homes.
The catalogue of 16 disturbing incidents was only uncovered by a right-to-information request and Labor is refusing to release details of which facilities were involved.
“It is sickening that vulnerable old people have been physically and sexually abused in state-run facilities that are meant to care for them,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to stop the cover-up and tell Queenslanders what has happened, where it happened and what she is doing about it.
“Once again, Labor is more interested in covering up scandals than in tackling them.
“Elder abuse is a despicable and cowardly crime.
“Every family has a right to know if their loved one is at risk of abuse.”
Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates accused Annastacia Palaszczuk of blatant hypocrisy after the Premier last month promised to ‘name and shame’ private care homes with low staffing ratios.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk threatened to name private care facilities over staffing levels, but she won’t identify state-run homes where old people have suffered disgusting abuse,” Ms Bates said.
“There’s one rule for the Palaszczuk Labor Government and another rule for everyone else.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk must drop her double standards and guarantee the safety of residents in state-run aged care.”  
In 2018 it was revealed that two state-run care facilities – Cooinda House, Redcliffe, and the Dr EAF McDonald Nursing Home in Oakey – failed inspections, with inspectors reporting that residents were exposed to ‘serious risk’.
“The warning signs have been there for a long time, but Labor chose to ignore them,” Ms Bates said. 

Govt grant awarded to Premiers chief-of-staff

Tue 23 Jul 2019


The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been hit with a second integrity scandal after it was revealed the Premier’s right-hand man owns a company which received a $267,500 government grant.
Annastacia Palaszczuk’s chief-of-staff, David Barbagallo, is a director of Fortress Capstone Pty Ltd and one of its major shareholders.
The company received the grant from the Advance Queensland Business Development Fund to support the growth of CruiseTraka – a social media app for cruise ship passengers.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said there was a clear conflict of interest in a company owned by the most powerful man in the Palaszczuk Labor Government applying for and receiving a six-figure State Government grant.
“First we had the Deputy Premier buying up property near Cross River Rail without declaring it,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Now we have a company owned by the Premier’s chief-of-staff receiving a cheque for $267,500 from the Queensland Treasury.
“This grant does not pass the pub test. It doesn’t pass any integrity test.
“Queenslanders have a right to know why the Palaszczuk Labor Government wrote a six-figure cheque for David Barbagallo’s business.
“What integrity tests were applied – if any – and what happened to the money?” 
Mr Barbagallo, who jointly owns 29.5 per cent of Fortress Capstone with his wife, became Annastacia Palaszczuk’s chief-of-staff in May 2017.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government claims that Advance Queensland grants are made to support ‘cutting-edge research, or innovative ideas, products and services’ which lead to ‘the creation of high-value, knowledge-based and skilled jobs now and into the future’.
Unlike many other Advance Queensland grant recipients, CruiseTraka’s funding was not announced to the media. 
Despite being a social media company, CruiseTraka’s Facebook page has not been updated for two-and-a-half years.
It is not known how many people CruiseTraka employs, where they are employed or how many new jobs were created as a result of its Advance Queensland grant.
“These integrity questions go right into the Premier’s office,” Ms Frecklington said.
“There are a stack of questions for Annastacia Palaszczuk to answer.
“Queenslanders deserve to know what has gone on – and how their money was spent.”

Jackie Trads house scandal deepens

Tue 23 Jul 2019


Jackie Trad’s integrity crisis has deepened again following revelations she contacted the head of the Crime and Corruption Commission after her massive conflict of interest was referred.  
LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander grilled Jackie Trad during Estimates on her purchase of a house near the Cross River Rail project, which she failed to declare.
“Personally phoning the head of the corruption watchdog proves Jackie Trad simply cannot be trusted to do the right thing,” Mr Mander said.
“LNP Leader Deb Frecklington referred Jackie Trad’s failure to declare her Woolloongabba property to the CCC on Thursday.
“Contacting the head of the corruption watchdog over the weekend, after a complaint had been made against her, is outrageous.
“It is deeply alarming Jackie Trad is putting in calls to investigators when she is the subject of the complaint. 
“Jackie Trad should not be interfering with the investigation in any way.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk must show some leadership and immediately sack Jackie Trad.”
Mr Mander said the Treasurer also refused to answer questions about her purchase of the Woolloongabba property and why she failed to declare it.
“Queenslanders deserve to know if the Treasurer abused her position and used confidential government information for personal gain,” Mr Mander said.
“Today was an opportunity for Jackie Trad to come clean on what she knew and why she didn’t declare the property, and she failed.
“Jackie Trad is supposed to serve Queenslanders, but she only serves herself.
“Rules are rules and no one is above them – not even Jackie Trad.
“Jackie Trad’s mess is her own making. Buying the property and failing to declare it is a blatant breach of integrity rules.”

Premier must sack Jackie Trad: Media statement from LNP Leader Deb Frecklington

Mon 22 Jul 2019
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s integrity crisis is growing by the day.
“The Premier needs to finally show some leadership and immediately sack Jackie Trad.
“The Premier must also release the Integrity Commissioner’s advice, which she received on Friday.
“Jackie Trad’s decision to stand down as head of the Cross River Rail project is further proof of her massive conflict of interest.
“Incredibly, Jackie Trad is backtracking on her promise to sell the undeclared house.
“She is breaking the promise to release the advice and breaking the promise to sell the house.
“Jackie Trad’s decision to refer herself to the CCC is a smokescreen to dodge questions during Estimates.
“It is no coincidence this move came less than 24 hours before Jackie Trad was due to be grilled in Parliament.
“I had already referred Jackie Trad to the CCC four days ago because of this blatant breach of integrity rules.
“Jackie Trad never declared her Woolloongabba property and she should never have bought it in the first place.”

Beer tax slugs Queensland-owned businesses

Sun 21 Jul 2019
Queensland's booming craft breweries could be forced to close down or push up beer prices after the Palaszczuk Labor Government increased their annual fire levy by almost 900 per cent.
Micro-breweries in Brisbane and regional cities will see their fire charge skyrocket from $527.80 to $5224.20 a year.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Labor's 'beer tax' would damage the fast-growing industry and hit beer drinkers in the pocket.
Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to dump the tax and support small business breweries.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk has an unquenchable thirst for new taxes,” Ms Frecklington said.
“We should be raising a glass to our craft breweries instead of squeezing them dry with outrageous tax increases.
“There is no possible justification for a such a huge increase. This is just another Labor tax grab.
“Craft breweries survive on slender margins. Brewers will have to put up prices or go under.
“This Labor tax grab will push small breweries over the brink.”
Ms Simpson said penalising firms for making beer was “unAustralian”.
“This tax grab will shatter the dreams of many dedicated craft brewers – as well as pushing up prices for beer lovers,” Ms Simpson said.
“Labor must have had their beer goggles on when they dreamt this up.”
Previously, craft breweries paid the level 3 fire levy charged to small-scale industrial premises, but the Palaszczuk Labor Government has now ordered them to pay the far higher level 7 levy.
Larger breweries, over 15,000 sqm, will pay $91,168.20.
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