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Labor’s farmer bashing begins in lead up to state election

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government has resorted to the same old farmer-bashing and figure fudging in another dishonest attack on Queensland’s agriculture sector. Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor resort to farmer bashing to win election Labor again distorts vegetation management figures to paint farmers as environmental vandals SLATS report still deceptively includes drought feeding and clearing for fencelines and fire breaks as ‘broad scale clearing’ Shadow Natural Resources Minister Andrew Cripps said Labor’s predictable fearmongering over the release of 2015-16 Statewide Land and Tree Cover Study (SLATS) was designed to trash the reputations of farmers and landholders in the eyes of urban […]

LNP commits to ending Palaszczuk’s ID scanner farce

by Ted Sorensen
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The LNP has announced it will close a farcical loophole in the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s botched ID scanner laws following consultation with local communities across Queensland. LNP will close dangerous loophole in Annastacia Palaszczuk’s botched ID scanner laws LNP will standardise scanning laws to ensure all clubs begin scanning at midnight LNP change will ensure patrons scanned and turned away at one venue cannot simply walk across the road and gain entry to another venue that escapes Labor’s laws LNP Shadow Employment and Fair Trading Minister Jarrod Bleijie said an LNP government will push back the time licensed venues must […]

LNP to renew category H licences for farmers

by Ted Sorensen
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A Tim Nicholls-led LNP government has committed to renew all existing category H gun licences for farmers and graziers. A future LNP government will renew all existing category H gun licences The LNP will also ensure new applicants for category H licences are fairly assessed, in a timely manner Annastacia Palaszczuk has treated farmers worse than criminal gang members Liberal National Party Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen, said the LNP would also ensure that all new applicants for category H licences were assessed fairly and in a timely manner.  “The LNP will give farmers a fair go and not […]

Misleading Captions

by Ted Sorensen
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It’s amazing how far some media will go to posture a story via captions to support their political mates. The bottom two stories are about the ALP Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders, calling Ted a dog, when Ted was delivering a speech in Parliament. Ted’s speech aimed to defend his office staff who had suffered from some very unsavoury, politically motivated intimidations. Let’s Lift the Politics’: Saunders’s responds to dog comment…..  Why would Saunder’s respond to his own comment you ask?    Well, so do we…. You’re a Dog: caption is on Ted’s photo to make inference that he said it…. […]
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More Local Jobs for Hervey Bay – LNP’s ‘Buy Local’ Policy

by Ted Sorensen
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A future Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Party Government will introduce a “Buy Local” government procurement policy which puts Queensland jobs, businesses and taxpayers first. LNP’s ‘Buy Local’ to produce more local jobs. LNP’s ‘Buy Local’ gives true local businesses a real hand up to create more local jobs Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are all talk and no action when it comes to ‘Buy Local’ Liberal National Party MEMBER for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen said, “Buy Local” would not only prioritise local jobs but give hard working Queensland taxpayers best bang for buck. “I want to see more local jobs and […]

Labor Trains Debacle Update

by Ted Sorensen
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Annastacia Palaszczuk and her part-time Transport Minister Jackie Trad have continued their campaign of outright lies about new passenger trains for Brisbane. *         Labor resorts to lies and attack ads to cover up their own train disaster *         Annastacia Palaszczuk knows the facts and yet chooses to lie to Queenslanders *         No Australian company bid for the contract to supply new trains for SEQ and Labor contracted the same company they are now criticising – Bombardier – to build trams for the Gold Coast Light Rail LNP Shadow Transport Minister Andrew […]

Putting Wrong Right

by Ted Sorensen
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“The Premier and Deputy Premier should concern themselves less with what I am doing and use their visit to apologise to Fraser Coast residents for ripping them off through higher power bills and car registration and also explain why their loony left policies are killing jobs and hurting the state’s economy. “I have seen a lot of fluff and staged media events this week from this risk-averse Premier, who has finally worked out where the Fraser Coast is after nearly three years, but I haven’t seen much else, except for the odd selfie here and there. “Hopefully she swans out […]

“Get Ted” Campaign

by Ted Sorensen
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I welcome the Get Ted strategy, because it reminds (me of the) Get Chris Loft strategy;  run by the Labor party, supported by Labor party sympathisers and the Labor party members who are on council like Deputy Mayor George Seymour and Stuart Taylor. When is the Premier going to stand down the ALP Candidate for Hervey Bay Mr. Adrian Tantari.  He has a clear and definite conflict of interest, when he was the person taking all the complaints against Chris Loft at the local government Department level, in referral.  Here is the evidence. Then the Premier may wish to explain to […]

Labor Sent Train Contracts Offshore

by Ted Sorensen
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Labor initially destroyed train car contracts opportunities for EDI Downer.  (refer to Queensland Industry Participation Policy Bill 2011) The then Independent Member for Maryborough and I questioned and appealed to the government to renew the contracts, and I asked where the cancelled train cars went?   I told them what would happen to our region, without this important work. Independent Member for Maryborough, he even did not know ‘why’ EDI Downer pulled out of the tender process.  In reality, the process was too expensive, too convoluted, and it was Labor who sent the contracts off shore. Bruce Saunders has no soap […]
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Labor Follow My Lead

by Ted Sorensen
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I’m very happy to see the Qld Labor Govt adopt and expand on one of my initiatives for Hervey Bay – that being the “Swim With The Whales” trial that I got started while in Government.

LNP Plan to Crack Down on Youth Crime

by Ted Sorensen
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With increasing rates of car theft, hooning and break-ins, some young criminals are being arrested in the morning and let go only to be re-arrested in the afternoon. Labor’s softly softly approach has created a revolving door which isn’t working. That’s why an LNP Government will introduce some of the toughest youth justice reforms in the nation, to make you safer. No ifs, no buts and no more excuses. 1/. Breach of Bail:- Re-introducing breach of bail as an offence 2/. Community Service:- Mandatory community service for those convicted of break-ins, car theft or hooning 3/. Detention:- Re-introducing detention for […]

Labor Admits Games Rail ‘Debacle’

by Ted Sorensen
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Labor MP Bruce Saunders admits Commonwealth Games rail transport is a “debacle” Jackie Trad’s rail fail is putting the 2018 Commonwealth Games at risk Labor Government was asked multiple times during Estimates if Commonwealth Games transport strategy was on track and we were told yes A Labor MP who sits on the Commonwealth Games parliamentary committee says the Games will be a transport “debacle”. Maryborough Labor MP Bruce Saunders told Triple M Fraser Coast radio on Monday that the Government was “pulling our hair out” at issues including not enough trains and buses. He said Labor had fallen hopelessly behind […]

Labor is killing jobs and destroying the state’s economy

by Ted Sorensen
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Once again today we have heard more proof that Annastacia Palaszczuk has used the state’s electricity generators to tax Queenslanders by stealth. Annastacia Palaszczuk has been caught out ripping off every man, woman and child in Queensland. ACCC boss Rod Sims told ABC radio this morning that Labor’s decisions under Peter Beattie, Anna Bligh and now Annastacia Palaszczuk had led to Queenslanders paying though the nose for electricity.* Mr Sims said it was not only households that were being affected by Labor’s unabashed cash-grab – small businesses and manufacturers are also feeling the pinch. # “We have already seen some […]

Labor leaves heritage listed lighthouse in ruins

by Ted Sorensen
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Labor’s Heritage Protection Minister is refusing to restore an iconic Hervey Bay lighthouse listed on the Queensland Heritage Register North Bluff lighthouse on Woody Island will be at risk of disintegrating because of its current condition and forces of the weather if it is not restored The Hervey Bay community recognises the significance of both lighthouses on Woody Island and they want something done Hervey Bay residents are being let down by the Palaszczuk Labor Government, with the Heritage Protection Minister refusing to restore an iconic local lighthouse. Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said that he could not believe […]

Thefts On Increase Under Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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Very disturbing data has been released showing a massive leap in theft in 2016 compared to the previous 4 years which included constant reductions in theft while the LNP was in power. Qld can’t afford more of Labor, nor can it’s citizens and businesses!

Rail State of Origin

by Ted Sorensen
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With QLD Labor  Rail Fail cuts we won’t be winning  State Of Origin when it comes to the number of trains each week.

Qld Rego Fees Rise 3 Years In A Row Under Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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 It is very concerning for Hervey Bay residents to face yearly car rego hikes under the current government. This is a result of blown out budgets that have taken no account of who may be affected.

Cash Must Not Sway Policy

by Ted Sorensen
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ENVIRONMENTALISTS spend a lot of time decrying big business, but activist groups are fast becoming corporate giants in their own right. As The Courier-Mail reports today, (see below) top campaigners are generating a combined income of $100 million a year — money that bankrolls a lot of media blitzes, lobbying and legal action. To put the size of this war chest in perspective, the mining industry spent an estimated $22 million on a campaign opposing former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s mining tax, giving rise to allegations of deep-pocketed vested interests abusing their corporate power. That groups with a common interest […]

MEDIA REQUEST: Fraser Coast Chronicle

by Ted Sorensen
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It has been raised more than once why I normally don’t communicate with the Fraser Coast Chronicle. Below is a perfect example where we responded 57 minutes later and well before their print deadline (nearly 3 hours) and here we are 1 week later and no story.  You be the judge . . . From: Annie Perets [mailto:annie.perets@frasercoastchronicle.com.au] Sent: Monday, 26 June 2017 12:11 PM To: Hervey Bay Electorate Office <Hervey.Bay@parliament.qld.gov.au> Subject: MEDIA REQUEST: Fraser Coast Chronicle Hi Ted, This is Annie, journalist from the Fraser Coast Chronicle. I’m writing a story on the latest youth unemployment statistics in the […]

Regional Road Works

by Ted Sorensen
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will soon commence asphalt resurfacing works at various locations in the Fraser Coast area. The locations to be resurfaced include: *   Bruce Highway in the vicinity of Gutchy and Oakey creeks *   Bruce Highway at the Henry Palmer Bridge *   Bruce Highway near the Baddow roundabout (Alice Street) *   Bruce Highway at the Burrum River Bridge near Howard *   Boat Harbour Drive between Beach Road and Hunter Street. These works form part of TMR’s routine maintenance program and involve removing sections of the existing road surface pavement and placing a new layer […]

Boat Harbour Drive Asphalt Works

by Ted Sorensen
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Asphalt resurfacing works will soon be completed on various sections of Boat Harbour Drive between Beach Road and Hunter Street at Hervey Bay. Works involve removing sections of the existing road surface pavement and placing a new layer of asphalt to provide smoother travelling conditions. The project is scheduled to start in mid- to late July 2017 with the majority of works conducted at night between 6pm and 6am when traffic volumes are lower. The works are expected to be completed within one week, weather permitting.  Click here for full details.

Bailey on Energy Prices

by Ted Sorensen
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When asked on ABC Radio yesterday why the the Government wasn’t instructing state owned power generators to stop gaming the system, Labor’s Energy Minister Mark Bailey said “ahh… we did… almost.” Can you afford another three years of Labor?

LNP’s Veterans’ Affairs Policy a boost for Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
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 A Tim Nicholls LNP Government will deliver Queensland’s first Veterans’ Affairs Policy. The LNP plan will improve services and provide more opportunities for our retired military personnel and include Queensland’s first Minister for Veterans’ Affairs. By properly Honouring Our Veterans, the LNP will build a better Queensland by creating more jobs, building stronger families and providing liveable communities. A Tim Nicholls-led Liberal National Government will provide improved services, more opportunities and stronger representation for our retired servicemen and servicewomen as part of our plan to build a better Queensland. Liberal National Party Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the […]

ON THE RIGHT PATH – LOCAL BUSINESSES HIRE 97 YOUNG AUSTRALIANS

by Ted Sorensen
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More than 5,000 young Australians now have jobs under the ‘Hire’ element of the Australian Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said Youth Jobs PaTH is providing a win for the local economy, with many local businesses already having taken advantage of the financial incentives available to hire more young people. “Ninety-seven local young people who have been dependent on welfare in Hinkler have now gained employment through the Coalition Government’s innovative PaTH program,” Mr Pitt said. “This is a big win for those young people and a win for local businesses helping them […]

Labor has forgotten Hervey Bay, again.

by Ted Sorensen
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Again, this budget has delivered nothing other than regurgitated announcements of old money and promises for Hervey Bay. It does however, highlight Labor’s signature snail pace delivery of vital infrastructure projects in Hervey Bay.  Motorists here are still playing Russian roulette with arguably some of the most dangerous intersections in the State. Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd, Scrub Hill Rd and Wide Bay Drive urgently needs an upgrade, it’s located near two major schools and it has been previously mentioned in every one of Labor budgets, but never delivered. In further proof to the mayhem, the Labor Minister for Main Roads, Mr […]

Power Prices Rise Under Labor Again

by Ted Sorensen
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Hervey Bay households will see their power bills go up again under Labor. You can sign a petition to show you do not support this by going to http://www.qldenergyfacts.com.au/

Esplanade Speed Limit Consultation

by Ted Sorensen
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Proposal to Introduce 40km hour speed limit along the Esplanade within Scarness, Torquay and Urangan Business Districts and Left in/Left out — Queens Road, Scarness 40km/hr Speed Limit Precincts The Hervey Bay Esplanade Tourist Precinct Master Plan, which was adopted by Council on 21 October, 2015, identified an action to introduce reduced speed limits along the Esplanade within the Business precincts of Scarness, Torquay and Urangan. Council, at its meeting held on 24 May, 2017, resolved to proceed with public consultation in relation to a proposal to introduce speed zones of 40km/hr along the Esplanade within these precincts. Such a […]

June Update – Ongoing Upgrades To The Bruce Highway

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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is continuing to complete works to upgrade the Bruce Highway. The Wide Bay/Burnett district has prepared an information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during May 2017 which can be downloaded by clicking here. We encourage you to pass this flyer on to other motorists and companies who may be interested or affected by the roadworks. To receive ongoing updates, motorists are welcome to contact TMR on 1300 728 390 during business hours, or email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety works […]

Latest Gambling Community Benefit Fund Recipients

by Ted Sorensen
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Congratulations to the following local organisations who successfully applied for grants from the Gambling Fund. Australian Air League IT & office furniture & equipment $7,737.00 Hervey Bay Art Society Kitchen Improvements $1,897.00 Qld Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Organisation Gym equipment $15,000.00 River Heads Progress Association Inc. Develop walking & cycling tracks, install solar $21,000.00 Volunteer Marine Rescue Emergency Generator $25,000.00 Total $70,634.00

High Blood Pressure – The Silent Killer

by Ted Sorensen
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Did you know that blood pressure is a silent killer because there are no obvious signs or symptoms? Over half of the people with high blood pressure don’t even know they have it or are not managing to control it. Do you know your blood pressure? I recently rolled up my sleeve for a blood pressure check at Parliament thanks to the Heart Foundation and Stroke Foundation. [Luckily my blood pressure is normal/I was surprised to find my blood pressure is elevated]. Don’t let a heart attack or stroke be your first sign that you have high blood pressure. See […]