Best unemployment figures out today in a long time. If we stay the course on our economic plan, our economy will grow even stronger which means more jobs and more choices for you and your family.

Posted by Scott Morrison (ScoMo) on Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Jobless Rate Drops To 4.9%.

This week it was announced that national unemployment has continued to come down – now sitting below 5% – the lowest level since 2011. It just goes to show, now is not the time for Australians to change course. The Liberal National Government’s plan to provide tax relief to small and family businesses is helping create more jobs.

More jobs and a stronger economy means we can continue to deliver better schools and hospitals, and build the roads, bridges and dams we need, while keeping taxes low.  It is our responsibility, as members of the LNP, to share this message with our family and friends.

Migration Cap Reduced.

This week the Morrison Government announced that the annual migration cap would be cut by 30,000, to lower the stress being placed on our cities, while delivering record investment in roads and rail projects to bust congestion and get people home sooner and safer. We need to ensure that our schools, hospitals and roads can keep up with demand, and that our migration levels are sustainable.

New Candidates.

I’m pleased to share with you all that Russell Bauer has been selected to be our candidate at the upcoming Federal Election for the seat of Oxley, and Clinton Pattison for the seat of Rankin. You can keep up with their campaigns by following their Facebook pages.

David Hutchinson
LNP Acting President

Deb’s Queensland Report

The LNP team crisscrossed the state this week backing infrastructure projects from the Gold Coast to Cairns.

Deputy Leader Tim Mander and I joined Bonney MP Sam O’Connor and called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to get on and fund the next stage of light rail.

There is money on the table from the Federal LNP Government – the only thing holding back delivering the project for Gold Coast residents is Annastacia Palaszczuk.

It’s a similar story in Mackay where Tim Mander and I visited on Thursday.

Stage 2 of the Mackay Ring Road project is begging to be started and the Feds have committed 80 per cent of the $350 million needed. Once again Labor is holding up the show.

I know investment in infrastructure is an investment in jobs.

This stage of the Mackay Ring Road Stage would alone support around 500 jobs during construction.

It would help our state grow by better linking the port and the Bowen Basin and Galilee Basin mining regions, as well as prime agriculture areas.

Shadow Infrastructure Minister Andrew Powell also visited Cairns this week fighting for Labor to boost investment in the region.

Regional cities and towns continue to miss out under Annastacia Palaszczuk when they shouldn’t.

Delivering infrastructure and busting congestion is my priority.

That’s why I’ve committed to projects like the Queensland Dam Company, building the second M1 and upgrading the Bruce.

We’d also put an end to Labor’s endless Rail Fail, which is making congestion across southeast Queensland even worse.

This week we revealed the number of trains skipping stations and leaving passengers behind has soared by 163 per cent.

And more than two years on from rail fail, Queensland Rail is still 160 drivers short of where they need to be.

We have fewer services, not enough drivers, fixed figures and trains which don’t even bother to pick up passengers.

The LNP would treat passengers with respect and fix rail fail.

This week I was proud to announce the LNP’s plan to fund a defibrillator in every Queensland school.

Schools are often the heart of our communities and host a variety of community events for parents, teachers, students and the public.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to people of any age, any fitness level, at any time.

It’s the largest cause of death in Australia and is far more lethal and unpredictable than a heart attack.

This policy is about saving lives and preventing tragedy.

Next week we are back in Parliament. Remember to like and follow me on Facebook to stay up to date.

Deb Frecklington
LNP Leader

Around the State

Last week LNP Opposition Leader, Deb Frecklington MP visited LNP Candidate for Ryan, Julian Simmonds for a tour of local businesses and community groups, accompanied by Dr Christian Rowan MP, Member for Moggill. While in the electorate, Deb, Julian and Christian visited Monique Lowndes and the team at eWaste Connection, a Kenmore-based social enterprise, specialising in electronic waste recycling, and providing valuable work experience for individuals with a disability or disadvantaged background.