LNP policy vacuum not good enough
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.