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


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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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.”

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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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