Have your say on the 2019 Election Campaign
As per Recommendation #1 of Senator James McGrath’s Review into the 2017 State Election Campaign, the LNP is conducting a review into the 2019 Federal Election Campaign. I have asked past President Bruce McIver AM to prepare a report on the findings of the review.
As part of the Review, State Director Michael O’Dwyer, Campaign Director Lincoln Folo and myself will be attending Regional meetings and seeking feedback from members. This feedback will be incorporated into Mr McIver’s report.
All submissions will be treated confidentially. All members would have recieved an email this afternoon asking for feedback. The survey can be found here: bit.ly/2019-Review
Labor divided over our tax plan
Just over a month ago, the Australian people voted in support of our plan to cut taxes for 10 million working Australians instead of Labor’s plan to increase taxes. We’ll be putting forward our income tax reforms as our number one priority when Parliament resumes in less than two weeks. What we don’t yet know is whether or not Labor is going to back our plan. Australians and especially Queenslanders spoke loud and clear. They want to keep more of what they earn in their pockets and Albanese and Labor should not stand in the way of us delivering on our promise. Labor are hopelessly divided on this issue and it just goes to show they’ve learnt nothing from the election.
Deb’s Queensland Report
This week I hit the road and started a two week tour around Queensland with my Shadow Cabinet to share the LNP’s Economic Plan post-Budget. In every place I visited, I listened to Queenslanders talk about the challenges they face in their lives, work and community. Under Labor, Queenslanders face higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure. Only the LNP has a real plan to make Queensland the best place to live and work.
While visiting Bundaberg, Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast I shared the LNP’s vision for Queensland. I explained the LNP’s plan to bring competition to the regional electricity market, busting congestion on local roads, supporting small businesses, ensure better health and education services, deliver water security and guarantee no new taxes.
Every decision the Government makes has a human cost and the LNP understands every dollar of Labor’s $90 million debt must be paid back. Nowhere is Labor’s financial mismanagement more apparent than in their move to impose more taxes on Queenslanders. In just two Budgets, Labor has ripped almost $3.5 billion out of our economy with nine new or increased taxes. Industry says Labor’s new gas tax hike will drive up energy costs for Queenslanders. Jackie Trad still can’t tell Queenslanders the true impacts of her new tax. Queensland manufacturers and households are already struggling to cover their energy bills and Labor’s gas royalty hike threatens to drive costs through the roof. Labor’s new gas tax hike will cost jobs and increase energy costs. It will harm investment into Queensland and impact our reputation as a resource state.
Meanwhile, two videos emerged this week of Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch expressing how ‘devastated’ she was by her own Government’s decision to approve the Carmichael mine. You can’t trust the Palaszczuk Labor Government. It’s open warfare among her bitterly divided cabinet publicly attacking their own laws and decision making. Labor are a complete and utter rabble because the only jobs they care about are their own. Labor is anti-resources, anti-regions, anti-jobs. No resource job is safe under Labor. It’s clear Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch with everyday Queenslanders. The Premier’s travel over the past year was published this week and it was disappointing to see how rarely she visited regional Queensland. I’m from regional Queensland and I make a point of travelling to visit regional Queenslanders. Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to realise South Brisbane isn’t in the regions. Five star junkets to Hollywood clearly take priority over regional Queenslanders. If the Premier thinks holding Parliament in Townsville later this year will patch things over with her anti-resources, anti-regions, anti-jobs agenda, she has another thing coming.
The never-ending Labor fails are having a huge impact on Queensland. I will continue to listen to Queenslanders next week when I visit Townsville and Cairns. Unlike Labor, the LNP has a plan for a better Queensland. Like me on Facebook to stay up to date.
Around the State
Rotary FNQ Field Day
The Cook and Hill SECs had a stand at the Rotary FNQ Field Day on the 29, 30 and 31 May.
After the success of the Federal Election we received a lot of positive comments, which was encouraging for the State election in 2020.
A big thank you to Michael Hart and Tony Perrett who came to talk to members and local business people in Mareeba and the Tablelands.
Vale Ignazio (Nat) La Spina 1936 – 2019
It is with great sadness and regret that I write to inform my fellow members of the Liberal National Party of Queensland that Ignazio La Spina, affectionately known as Nat, passed away on Thursday 13 June 2019.
Nat La Spina was an Honorary Life Member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, having been a member of the Queensland National Party and then the LNP for 31 years. He was 83 years old.
Nat La Spina was a former Chair of the Tully/Cardwell (now Cassowary Coast) Branch, a former Chair and Vice Chair of the Hinchinbrook SEC and a former Chair and Vice Chair of the Kennedy FDC.
Perhaps Nat’s most significant contribution was his leadership in North Queensland after Bob Katter left the party in 2001. Nat simultaneously assumed the Chair of several party units, after others followed Katter’s lead.
Nat was a dedicated and loyal member of the party. He was generous with his time. In addition to local party unit meetings and events, he regularly travelled to attend State Council and State Convention.
Nat was a good friend to many. He will be missed by members in North Queensland, who treasured him as a local party elder and stalwart. Although very ill, Nat was aware of and very happy about the LNP’s recent federal election win.
Chair, North Queensland Region
Local Hero Awards
With the federal election now over, this is the time to acknowledge our local members who worked tirelessly to help us achieve this amazing election result.
The Local Hero Award pays tribute to the commitment and efforts of that member to either their local campaign or Party Unit.
To nominate a member for a Local Hero Award contact the membership department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the LNP Headquarters.