State MP’s Retiring
I wish to pay tribute to two long-serving Queensland State Members of Parliament. Mark McArdle and Jann Stuckey have both announced their intention to resign at the next election in October 2020. The contributions made by both Mark and Jann cannot be understated, both having been elected to the Parliament in 2004, they’ve played integral parts in the creation and development of the Liberal National Party.
Mark McArdle led the Liberal Party of Queensland before working hard towards successfully merging with the National Party. Without Mark’s commitment to the merger, it could not have happened. Mark put aside his own ambitions for the greater good and for that we sincerely thank him. Both he and Jann served as Ministers in the first LNP Government led by Campbell Newman. Their hard work in Caloundra and Currumbin have seen them supported at each election since being elected. Their retirement will be a loss to their local community, the Queensland Parliament and our Party. On behalf of the LNP, I wish Jann and Mark and their families all the best for the next chapter in their lives.
LNP Members stand out in Queen’s Honours List
The LNP is a Party for Queenslanders from all walks of life and recently, many were recognised on The Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List. Congratulations to all Members who were recognised this year.
AM – Member of the Order of Australia
Hon Paul Clauson
OAM – Medal of the Order of Australia
Hon Martin Tenni
2019 LNP Convention Early Bird Closing TODAY
A friendly reminder to all members that early bird ticket prices for LNP State Convention being held 12, 13 & 14 July will close this afternoon. If you haven’t purchased tickets yet to day sessions or social events, now is the time to do so. Visit convention.lnp.org.au for more details and to purchase tickets.
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
Deb’s Queensland Report
I’ve loved travelling across the regions over the past week talking to Queenslanders about the LNP’s economic plan. Along the way I met people and businesses doing extraordinary things in their communities. It was an honour to speak at the Townsville Enterprise lunch and outline our plans for cheaper electricity, more jobs, more dams and more infrastructure in the region. Townsville Enterprise is committed to creating jobs in North Queensland and the LNP is right there with them. Dale Last and I spoke about our policy to create the Queensland Dam Company to develop a pipeline of job-creating water projects across the regions. We will further help businesses in regional Queensland by bringing down their energy costs when we introduce competition to the electricity market. Thanks also to the Conservative Breakfast Club for hosting me for a post-budget QandA session and to Sun Metals for showing me around their solar farm while I was in Townsville.
In Cairns this week I visited shipbuilding business BSE Maritime Solutions. They let me have a go at the controls of the world’s biggest and newest boat hoist, a 1120-tonne piece of machinery towering seven stories over the ground. It’s exciting times at BSE, which has plans to double its workforce to 120 employees. Companies like BSE create jobs for Queenslanders, but they need their Government to help with the right policies and the right support. Unfortunately, the Palaszczuk Labor Government is anti-resources, anti-regions and anti-jobs. Their high-taxing agenda is crushing businesses and stopping them from growing and creating jobs. With David Crisafulli this week I met small business owner Brett Battery. He runs a skip bin business that will be smashed by Labor’s waste tax – the biggest of the nine taxes Labor has forced through in their two terms. Brett told me the Palaszczuk Labor Government now makes more money out of his business than he does. And he fears business will become a lot harder from Monday when he’s forced to pass the cost of the waste tax onto his customers. It shouldn’t be this way.
My plan for Queensland will make job creation a top priority and I’ve guaranteed no new taxes under a government I lead. Meanwhile, Labor’s incompetence lurched on this week. Thousands of confidential patient records fell off the back of a truck in the latest health blunder. Labor then tried to cover up the major breach of privacy, but the scandal was made public a week after the incident. The interest of patients should come first, and they should have been made aware immediately, but time and time again Labor put their own interests ahead
Patients will always come first under an LNP Government. Our focus would be on healthcare, not changing hospital signs. It’s just part of my team’s strong plan for this state. A plan that also builds the infrastructure we need and creates the jobs we need.
We are ready to take on Labor on October 31st 2020.
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Around the State & Upcoming Events
Mark Robinson MP celebrates 10 years in Parliament
Recently, the Oodgeroo SEC held their AGM and Chair Chris Reeves presented a gift to Mark Robinson MP to mark ten years as a State Member of Parliament.
Mark’s ten years clocked over earlier this year, as he was first elected on 21 March 2009, winning the seat of Cleveland previously held by Labor for 20 years, by 155 votes.
Mark has worked hard to build up his margin to 7.2% and currently holds one of only two LNP seats south of the Brisbane River.
Cocktails with Miranda Devine
Join the LNP Women and Miranda Devine for Cocktails at the Hilton on Elizabeth Street. All are welcome. For tickets, click here.
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.