ICE PROBLEM IS TOO URGENT FOR YET ANOTHER DRAFT PLAN
In recent years, we’ve seen an alarming spike in the use of the drug ice in regional and remote communities across Queensland.
Anyone with a family member or loved one who is gripped by this devastating drug knows time is precious and a talkfest isn’t going to cut it.
Despite this growing scourge, it has taken the Palaszczuk Labor Government two years to announce a plan to tackle ice.
Perhaps it’s because they have had three police ministers in two years or simply because Annastacia Palaszczuk is a Premier reluctant to govern?
This week we learn their long-awaited plan is taking the form of another Labor talkfest – and one in “draft” form at that.
If you’re wondering why this was two years in the making, you’re not the only one.
The fact is, the Federal Government already had a National Ice Summit and Taskforce that reported in 2015 and provided a 250-page roadmap.
The Taskforce made 38 recommendations and a National Ice Action Strategy was signed by state leaders, including Annastacia Palaszczuk at COAG in December 2015.
The homework has been done. All Annastacia Palaszczuk needed to do was put a plan into action – but instead she’s put forward yet another half-cooked policy.
Worse still, Labor wound back the LNP’s strong criminal gang laws, despite clear evidence that organised crime groups are entrenched in the methylamphetamine market in Queensland.
Unlike this do-nothing Government, the LNP has shown leadership.
Last year, we introduced a five-point action plan to take ice off our streets through crime prevention, drug addiction services and strong enforcement.
We don’t need more drafts. We don’t need more reviews. The LNP has a real plan to tackle supply, demand and rehabilitation because we don’t want to see any more lives ruined by ice addiction.
The real plan is here, Annastacia Palaszczuk. Let’s just get on with it.
Tim Mander, Shadow Police Minister
further uncertainty for Queenslanders after failing to confirm whether the new electoral boundaries will take effect at the next election.
Queenslanders deserve more from Annastacia Palaszczuk than a shrug of the shoulders over when the next election will be.
The upcoming redistribution has the potential to change the way Queenslanders vote – they have a right to know what electorate they will be voting in well in advance.
Under Labor, business confidence across Queensland has been at record lows and today’s performance from the Premier will do nothing to turn this around.
Last week’s unemployment figures showed 30,000 full-time jobs had disappeared from Queensland last month and 66,000 full time jobs had been lost in total over the year.
Every day Annastacia Palaszczuk plays games over the election date, the more local jobseekers, business and industry will suffer.
Annastacia Palaszczuk must do the right thing and come clean to Queenslanders on what electorate they will be voting in and when they’ll be casting their vote.
Jarrod Bleijie, Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations
Jarrod Bleijie, Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relation