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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


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