LABOR AND BILLY NO FRIENDS OF SUGAR
The Palaszczuk Labor Government supported by Rob Pyne and Billy Gordon this week proved they are no friends of Queensland sugarcane farmers.
In State Parliament, on Wednesday night, March 1, Labor and two independents teamed-up with multinationals to deny Canegrower’s the chance to finalise fair on-supply agreements.
Labor’s six-year deregulation of the sugar industry under Peter Beattie from 1999 failed to provide formal dispute resolution processes. The LNP’s amendments of 2015 provided arbitration for disputes between growers and millers and our latest amendments would have done the same for disputes between sugar millers and sugar marketing entities. This would ensure competition and not allow Millers to obtain a monopoly position. The proposed amendments were not introduced into Parliament lightly – but done so to ensure grower choice and competition in the sugar marketing.
Labor’s selfish political actions, in unison with Rob Pyne and Billy Gordon, have left 1500 canefarmers, their families and their local communities in limbo without cane supply contracts for the fast-approaching start of the 2017 crush.
These farmers and their families have been left high and dry - victims of the long-running dispute between Wilmar Sugar and marketer Queensland Sugar.
But Labor, Rob Pyne and Billy Gordon couldn’t care less. They’ve done nothing but yell from the sidelines and now they’ve effectively stymied a long- term mechanism to solve this and any further disputes between millers and marketers.
Unfortunately, the refusal of Labor and the Independents to support growers is a direct consequence of having a Labor Government with no interest in regional communities.
Tim Nicholls , LNP Leader
In Parliament recently we saw Labor’s Health Minister Cameron Dick ram through legislation to protect the secretive mental health tribunal process at the expense of families who have lost loved ones at the hands of patients released by the tribunal.
Queenslanders have also been left in the dark over revelations of a dodgy appointment that Mr Dick was aware of back in December and did nothing about until now.
What has been revealed over the last few months is a mental health tribunal in meltdown and a Labor Government that is doing nothing about it. Simply rushing through amendments to correct a major legal bungle will do nothing to answer many of the questions left unanswered.
Queenslanders deserve to have confidence in our mental health system.
It’s time Annastacia Palaszcuzk and her Health Minister offered the transparency and accountability
Queenslanders expect and deserve from their Government.
John-Paul Langbroek – Shadow Health Minister