Eco­nomic plan in Queens­land

Central Queensland News - - YOUR SAY - — Jar­rod Blei­jie MP, Shadow Min­is­ter for In­dus­trial Re­la­tions — Cur­tis Pitt, Trea­surer, Min­is­ter for Trade and In­vest­ment

added on to the cost of con­struct­ing of new homes, hos­pi­tals and gov­ern­ment build­ings.

This is de­spite a full Royal Com­mis­sion and a Fed­eral Court judge crit­i­cis­ing the CFMEU for think­ing they are “above the law”.

Th­ese il­le­gal strikes hit the pocket of ev­ery Queens­lan­der.

Strikes put busi­ness in­vest­ment un­der a cloud and risk the jobs of thou­sands, par­tic­u­larly in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

This Premier promised to work with union lead­ers to re­solve in­dus­trial dis­putes – that clearly hasn’t hap­pened so yet an­other bro­ken promise from La­bor. RE­CENT ABS fig­ures show 94,500 net new jobs cre­ated un­der the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic plan, in­clud­ing three State bud­gets I have de­liv­ered.

In just over two years, ini­tia­tives in our eco­nomic plan have lifted growth and in­vest­ment to gen­er­ate jobs as we promised at the last State elec­tion.

Yet, right on cue, LNP Shadow Trea­surer Scott Emer­son chimes in with his trade­mark neg­a­tiv­ity and tries to change the sub­ject to talk about wages growth.

Yet even Fed­eral Trea­surer Scott Mor­ri­son ef­fec­tively ad­mits his own poli­cies haven’t worked when he said this week: “It has been some time since Aus­tralians have re­ceived a de­cent pay rise.”

Mr Emer­son’s sup­posed con­cern about earn­ings wasn’t ev­i­dent in 2012 when the LNP’s first State bud­get de­liv­ered by his own leader Tim Ni­cholls re­duced earn­ings to zero for 14,000 Queens­lan­ders.

He also com­plains about the 3.5% an­nual in­dex­a­tion of fees and charges, yet fails to de­clare it was Tim Ni­cholls who set the pol­icy when he was Camp­bell Newman’s right-hand man.

La­bor main­tained the rev­enue set­tings of the LNP in this, our first term.

I have said if we are re-elected we will adopt a sys­tem of CPI in­dex­a­tion from 2019-20.

Mr Emer­son com­plains about the cur­rent 6.3% trend un­em­ploy­ment rate but fails to say it was 6.6% when the LNP left of­fice and hit 6.7% for four months in late 2014.

That’s de­spite the LNP in­her­it­ing a rate of 5.5% in 2012 and promis­ing to take it to 4% over six years – a promise Tim Ni­cholls just aban­doned be­cause he was sim­ply too lazy to try. THIRD-gen­er­a­tion net­baller Keely McCon­nell was awarded the Capri­corn Acad­emy Shield at the Capri­corn re­gion pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner.

The 15-year-old’s suc­cess spread through­out the re­gion and con­tin­ued on­line, with plenty of con­grat­u­la­tions from our Face­book read­ers.

Chon­tal Broad­with: Way to go Keely. Awe­some job and well de­served.

Joanna Wi­keepa: Con­grat­u­la­tions Keely.

Karen Bray: Wow great ef­fort Keely ... well done!

Ge­or­gia Gri­er­son: Great job Keely!!!

Carmel Berry: Well done Keely x.

Marissa Ryan: Won­der­ful achieve­ment Keely.

Maddy Con­aghan: Well done Keely McCon­nell x.

Becky Du Plooy: Awe­some ef­fort Keely!! Well done.

Del­wyn Tyrrell: Great achieve­ment Keely!

Tay­lah Chant: Con­grats gor­geous Keely xx.

Sandy Greaves: Well done Keely!!! Great ar­ti­cle Me­gan.

Kerry Louise Hayes: Con­grat­u­la­tions xx.

Shel­ley Her­win: Well done, Keely!

PHOTO: KERRIE CON­WAY

PLAY TIME: Kerrie Con­way took this photo of her Grand­daugh­ter, Mon­tana who loves to spend her time with the fam­ily pet, Polly Dachshund. It was a tough de­ci­sion to pick the Photo of the Week, head to our Face­book page to see all the other pho­tos.

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