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


Lady Cilento Hospital

Tue 20 Nov 2018


Queensland unemployment highest in nation

Thu 15 Nov 2018

Today's jobs data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals Queensland stands alone with the worst unemployment rate in the nation under Annastacia Palaszczuk.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Labor’s economic mismanagement and five new taxes were directly responsible for Queensland having the worst unemployment rate in both trend and seasonally adjusted measures.

“Queensland is now the only state or territory to have ‘6’ in front of its unemployment rate, despite the Premier’s broken promise to deliver an unemployment rate with a ‘5’ in front of it,” Mr Mander said.

“Recently, Queensland has shared the cellar-dweller status with Western Australia, but now we are outright last and going further backwards.

“Queensland’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped to 6.3 per cent, despite Australia’s unemployment rate staying at a six-year low of 5.0 per cent.

“Queensland jobs growth also went backwards in the last month on both trend and seasonally adjusted terms.

“With business confidence down, the highest unemployment rate in the nation, and an economy that has practically flatlined, it’s clear Labor has no plan for Queensland’s economy.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s economic mismanagement has led to nothing but five new taxes, the worst unemployment in the nation, and debt soaring to $83 billion.

“Only the LNP, with our commitment of no new taxes, cheaper electricity, and backing small business, can bring Queensland back to the top of the economic ladder.

“The LNP has an economic plan to create jobs, while Labor supports increased taxes.”

LNP Shadow Minister for Employment and Small Business Fiona Simpson said there were now 165,291 unemployed Queenslanders on trend terms – an increase of 1,227 in just one month.

“Labor can’t keep defending the shocking unemployment rate when everyday jobseekers are hurting because they can’t get a job,” Ms Simpson said.

“While Australia enjoys a jobs boom, Labor has bucked the trend and made getting a job in Queensland that much harder.

“We need action to grow job numbers, but all we are getting from Labor are excuses.

"Only the LNP's economic plan can bring back the confidence businesses need to invest and employ in Queensland."


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Labor guillotines debate on Queensland finances

Tue 6 Nov 2018

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for guillotining debate on three Bills crucial to Queensland’s finances.

“Clearly Labor wanted to stop the scrutiny of its $83 billion debt bomb and five new taxes,” Mr Mander said.
“It’s a disgrace that Labor Treasurer Jackie Trad jumped early and guillotined debate.
“Labor had already set a tight time limit around these three Bills, which was opposed by the LNP, and could not even abide by their own condition on debate.
“Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in the country, plummeting business confidence, and flatlining domestic growth.
“We had six speakers who wanted to debate what Labor’s debt bomb means for their communities and there was 45 minutes still left on the clock for debate.
“After already combining three significant financial Bills to rush them through, Jackie Trad wouldn’t even let the debate play out.
“Labor has no economic credentials and no plan for Queensland’s economy.
“Only the LNP has a plan to strengthen our economy through cutting red-tape, investing in infrastructure and ruling out any new taxes.”

For more, click here.


Air conditioners in our schools should be a standard requirement.

Tue 6 Nov 2018

Today our kids will sizzle in school...air conditioners in schools should be a standard requirement.


The LNP's Plan to Reduce Electricity Bills

Thu 4 Oct 2018

The annual reports just released by the Annastacia Palaszczuk government show that the state-owned power generators last year delivered an underlying combined profit of over one billion dollars. 

The Palaszczuk government is using electricity as a secret tax while regular Queenslanders and businesses are suffering under crippling power prices.

Today I announced the LNP's plan to restructure the power generators from two to three, creating more competition and reducing prices. 

This is something that’s backed by the ACCC (Australian Crime and Corruption Commission) and Labors own productivity commission.

The LNP is the only one with a real plan to reduce electricity bills.


Funds Need to Directly Support Strawberry Growers

Wed 26 Sep 2018

LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander said he was glad the Palaszczuk government supported the LNP’s calls for a strawberry farmer assistance package but was concerned not enough is going directly to farmers.

“The LNP welcomes the government’s $1 million assistance package, but it’s disappointing that money isn’t going directly to strawberry growers,” Mr Mander said.

“Queensland has around 100 growers and people’s livelihoods are at stake, as well as the local jobs these farms support.

“This is a glorified advertising campaign from Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor and won’t assist farmers struck with cash flow issues.

“The sabotage of strawberries hit the industry hard and fast but Annastacia Palaszczuk’s response has been slow and won’t directly support growers. 

“The losses sustained by these farmers will be in the millions and Labor’s response, while a good start, has missed the mark.

“Famers are telling us what they really need is direct financial assistance from the government to ensure they can bounce back for next season.

“The LNP has been calling for an assistance package that directly assisted strawberry growers with cash-flow issues since this saga began.

“We have an industry to protect and we need to catch these mongrels responsible so they can be held accountable for their crimes.”

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Labor's Betting Tax Could Spell Ruin For Racing

Tue 25 Sep 2018

The Palaszczuk Government’s new 15 per cent betting tax is set to deliver a body blow to Queensland’s struggling racing industry, the LNP warned today.

With the tax due to be implemented on October 1, LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said it was staggering the industry still didn’t know how much revenue – if any – it would receive from the Queensland Treasury.

The betting tax, which will be passed on to hundreds of thousands of punters, was announced 48 hours before the last state election and after the political advertising blackout began.

“Labor’s 15 per cent betting tax will be the highest in Australia and will suck $100 million a year from the pockets of ordinary punters,” Mr Mander said.

“That’s $70 million more a year than voters were told before polling day.

“Queensland’s racing industry is already struggling, with prize money and infrastructure spending well below that in of New South Wales and Victoria.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s latest tax could be the final blow for an industry that directly employs almost 10,000 people across Queensland.

“Queensland racing should be leading the field, but we’re fading fast thanks to Labor.”

More than 41,000 Queenslanders are involved in racing, either as employees, participants or volunteers. The industry is worth $1.2 billion a year, almost half of which benefits regional areas.

“Racing desperately needs to know how much, if any, of the betting tax will go back to the industry,” said Shadow Racing Minister John-Paul Langbroek.

“Will this be another waste tax – with most of the money going straight to government?

“It’s time this grasping Labor Government came clean on it plans for racing.” 


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Labor need to scrap failed CleanCo

Fri 31 Aug 2018
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s CleanCo announcement as nothing more than a PR stunt.
“Today’s announcement is nothing more than hollow rhetoric from the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Mr Mander said.
“Labor is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of money they don’t have on a scheme that experts say won’t make any difference.
“The ACCC, the Queensland Competition Authority and the Electrical Trade Union have all said Labor’s CleanCo won’t work – it won’t lower prices.*
“So why is Labor refusing to abandon a failed policy?
“There was no money in the Budget for Labor’s CleanCo but now they have ‘found’ $250 million to progress the development.
“This is just another example of Labor’s economic incompetence.
“When will Labor come clean with Queenslanders about CleanCo?
Mr Mander said many Queensland families were struggling because of high electricity bills under consecutive Labor Governments.
“Every dollar counts in the family budget and action is needed now to lower electricity bills,” Mr Mander said.
“In contrast to Labor, who use electricity as a secret tax, the LNP have a real plan to lower electricity bills for Queensland families.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to swallow her pride, adopt the LNP’s policy and save Queensland families real money.”
To read more, click here. 

Building approvals continue to fall under Labor Media Statement: LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander

“The construction industry continues to lose jobs, after the fourth straight month of falling building approvals under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“Four consecutive months of falling approvals are yet another sign of Labor’s economic mismanagement.
“These approvals are an important leading indicator for the construction industry, but sadly Labor has responded to this obvious issue by hitting the industry with new taxes.
“Worse still, this week CommSec and the Sensis Business Index have handed down damning assessment of Queensland’s economy.
“You can’t tax your way to growth, it’s as simple as that.
“These taxes are hitting confidence, hurting investment and costing Queenslanders their jobs.
“Under Labor, Queensland building and construction continues to fall lower and lower, while state debt grows higher and higher.”
Media contact: Eloise McNee 0432 606 320
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Labor's Lady Cilento name change is ridiculous

Tue 31 Jul 2018


Liberal National Party Deputy Leader Tim Mander has slammed the Palaszczuk Government for considering changing the name of the Lady Cilento Hospital.

“It is an absolutely ridiculous idea. Imagine the cost of changing everything from the uniforms to the signage,” Mr Mander said.
“Labor gave us the fake Tahitian prince and health payroll disasters and can’t be trusted with our health system. Advocating for a name change shows its priorities are all wrong.
“Labor needs to be focusing on fixing the crisis in our hospitals, especially at Lady Cilento.
“Unlike Labor, who want to rename everything after former Labor pollies, the hospital was named after Phyllis Dorothy Cilento, who was a fierce advocate for the health of mothers and children.
“Her story is inspiring and should be celebrated by Queenslanders.
“Labor’s excuse that people don’t know where it is simply doesn’t wash. The Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Alexandra Hospitals don’t have their location in their titles, the world-famous Johns Hopkins doesn’t either.
“Just because Labor’s Anna Bligh put the hospital in the wrong spot doesn’t mean the Cilento name should be abandoned.”
Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said the hospital and its patients faced real problems.
“Steven Miles should be focusing on the 28 per cent of kids going to the Lady Cilento emergency department who aren’t seen on time,” Ms Bates said.
“We have seen a fake doctor on the wards and three babies receiving tissue transplants from a cancer patient.
“The Health Minister, who is a doctor in politics, needs to stop playing politics with our sick kids.
“This is simply a distraction from his estimates hearing today.”
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