LNP pol­icy vacuum not good enough

The Queensland Times - - OPINION | YOUR SAY - – Hay­den John­son

NOT a sin­gle Ip­swich-spe­cific pri­or­ity was promised by the party hop­ing to take the state from An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk at the next elec­tion.

As part of our Fu­ture SEQ Cam­paign, the QT of­fered the LNP a chance to out­line its blueprint for Ip­swich.

We were not ex­pect­ing de­tailed project cost­ings.

In­stead, we hoped for com­mit­ments to vi­tal projects such as rail ex­ten­sion at Ri­p­ley, Cun­ning­ham High­way up­grade or a sec­ond bridge over the Bre­mer River.

So­cial ser­vices fund­ing would not go astray ei­ther.

By mak­ing these com­mit­ments, the LNP would put pres­sure on La­bor to match or bet­ter them and, in the end, Ip­swich’s pros­per­ity would im­prove.

No such com­mit­ments were made by the LNP.

Yes, we are still two years away from an elec­tion, but the LNP has al­ready pledged to dish out the cash for other ar­eas.

Townsville’s dams will be raised and the con­gested M1 du­pli­cated by the LNP, all while Ip­swich is left with moth­er­hood state­ments about our “dev­as­tat­ing ... far too high” un­em­ploy­ment rate.

We are tired of be­ing told about the chal­lenges.

Hope­fully, in elec­tion 2020, the best poli­cies will de­ter­mine if Ip­swich bleeds red or blue.

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