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Labor’s Greedy Tax Grab On Grey Nomads

by Ted Sorensen
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Thousands more Queenslanders are set to fall victim to the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s greedy tax on new cars, campervans and motorhomes. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said, under Labor, ‘grey nomads’ and Queensland families keen to enjoy the great outdoors would now be paying thousands of dollars more to ‘live the dream’. “Today we learn yet more Queenslanders will be victims of Labor’s addiction to tax,” Ms Frecklington. “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s vehicle tax will add thousands of dollars to the cost of a campervan or motorhome under 4.5 tonnes. * “Queensland retirees set to take off on their trip of a lifetime […]

Labor Lies On Neighbourhood Watch

by Ted Sorensen
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Funding cuts to Neighbourhood Watch threaten the crime fighting group’s mission to keep Queensland communities safe. Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said Labor’s $200,000 program spruiked today was too little, too late, following a crushing 85 per cent funding cut announced in March. “No matter how Police Minister Mark Ryan tries to spin this, the Palaszczuk Government has slashed Neighbourhood Watch funding from $500,000 a year to just $75,000,” Ms Frecklington said. “Minister Ryan is now pitching a new arrangement for Neighbourhood Watch, but the volunteer group is still well short of the funds they had and need. “The […]

Major Issues With Heart Valve Bank Operations

by Ted Sorensen
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Media Statement From LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates:- As a mother and a nurse, I am extremely concerned by the issues raised today by the Queensland Chief Health Officer. There has clearly been a major failure within the system that has resulted in potentially cancerous tissue given to four Queensland children.  Three of those children were babies under one. This is completely and utterly unacceptable.  My heart goes out to these poor kids and their families.  No one should ever have to endure something like this and we hope these children make a full recovery from this ordeal. Distressingly, […]

Labor Crushes First Homeowner Dream

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander is warning the dream of owning a home could be crushed with new taxes and grant cuts adding about $8000 to the bottom line. Mr Mander said Labor Treasurer Jackie Trad cut the First Home Owners’ Grant from $20,000 to $15,000 in last week’s State Budget. “Ripping away $5000 from potential new home owners is not what Queenslanders need to deal with right now,” Mr Mander said. “Labor’s new waste tax and an increase to land taxes will also add about $3000 to cost of building a home. “That’s effectively $8000 added […]
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Deb launches LNP Economic Plan for Queensland

by Ted Sorensen
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The Liberal National Party has today launched an Economic Plan for Queensland that will create jobs, cut the cost of living and improve our schools and hospitals. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington unveiled the plan in her Budget reply speech in Parliament today. “All Annastacia Palaszczuk has delivered after three-and-a-half years as Premier is more tax, debt and unemployment,” Ms Frecklington said. “Her Budget will rip $2.2 billion out of our economy in new taxes and see debt soar to $83 billion.” “Queenslanders are being squeezed because Labor has no plan for this state.” “Unlike Labor, I have a plan for […]

The 2018-19 Queensland Budget earns Hervey Bay a big ‘FAIL’.

by Ted Sorensen
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Sheer disappointment – doesn’t come close to describing what this budget means for Hervey bay. This budget will hurt households with new taxes, debt and rising unemployment. There are five new taxes worth $2.2 billion and none of it is good for business or employment. The increase in land tax set to gather some $311 million, will harm business.  This tax will see an increase in rents, especially in shopping centres and tourism accommodations. The waste tax is set to gather $1.3 billion.  If businesses cannot pass these new taxes on,  they will have no other choice but to cut […]

Is Today “Mental Health Day” For Hervey Bay

by Ted Sorensen
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I have highlighted so many times with the State Labor government that Hervey Bay needs support on the ground here in Mental health services and aligning housing supported accommodations. (see recent answer from Minister of Health Steven Miles below) Will today be the day, Budget day – that the Labor government talks about the Hervey Bay electorate and Mental Health services in the same sentence? Stay tuned. Question on Notice No. 458 Asked on 2 May 2018 MR E SORENSEN asked the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services (HON DR S MILES)— QUESTION With reference to mental health […]

Hervey Bay locals struggling to find work.

by Ted Sorensen
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Hervey Bay has joined a list that no city deserves to be on. Hervey Bay has been identified as one of eight Queensland electorates with unemployment above 10 per cent. What’s worse is that Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor government appears to have no plan for creating the jobs Hervey Bay locals so desperately need.  Hervey Bay needs more help – now. The LNP pledges to the Hervey Bay electorate at the last election would have created real jobs for our locals.  The extension of the Urangan Pier in Hervey Bay had the potential to attract millions of dollars in international tourism […]

Queensland royalties held to ransom

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has called on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to immediately intervene in a coal network rail maintenance dispute that could cost Queenslanders more than $500 million in royalty revenue and countless jobs. “The Queensland Competition Authority’s retrospective regulatory changes mean 20 million fewer tonnes of coal (worth approximately $4 billion) will be exported every year for the next four years. That’s $500 million of royalty money directly out of the pockets of Queenslanders,” Ms Frecklington said. “A $500 million cut to royalties is a $100 cut for every man, woman and child living in Queensland in the next […]

Queensland businesses lose confidence under Labor

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said the latest CCIQ Pulse Survey shows that businesses have no confidence in the Palaszczuk Labor Government. “This is just another vote of no confidence by Queensland businesses in this Labor Government,” Mr Mander said. “Small business is the backbone of our economy, employing the vast majority of Queenslanders and these businesses are hurting under Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor. “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s has no economic plan for Queensland businesses except new taxes.” Mr Mander said Labor’s lack of action in the first 100 days and union control were all key issues identified by Queensland businesses. “Business […]

LNP backs Beattie’s call for CFMEU boycott

by Ted Sorensen
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk must follow the advice of her predecessor Peter Beattie and refuse all further donations from the CFMEU, LNP leader Deb Frecklington said today. Ms Frecklington spoke out after it was revealed the union has been fined $2.4 million in Queensland in the past 18 months and after CFMEU secretary John Setka admitted the union fought ‘outside the law’. “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s integrity is on the line,” Ms Frecklington said. “It is simply politically and morally unacceptable for any government to be bankrolled by a union that openly boasts about its criminal activity. “Peter Beattie has said Labor should […]

Perrett gives Labor a spray over weed report delay

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett has given the Palaszczuk Labor Government a spray over endless delays in releasing a Parliamentary Report into the impact of invasive weeds. “It’s been more than 18 months since the Labor Government promised to deliver this report and Queenslanders are still waiting,” Mr Perrett said. “Landholders and farmers are battling invasive weeds every day and urgently need strategic support from the State Government. “Whether its giant rat’s tail, fireweed, prickly acacia or any of the other countless invasive weeds, Queensland landholders and farmers have had enough. “As a landholder and someone passionate about […]

Labor Gags Vegetation Debate Again

by Ted Sorensen
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“For the second week in a row, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have gagged the debate on a contentious laws. “They gagged their attack on farmers and gagged debate on union’s undue influence on the Labor party. “Parliament is the people’s house and every representative deserves their say. “It shows how lazy and arrogant the Palaszczuk Labor Government are to shut down debate and rush right over the democratic process. “Labor’s clearly got their priorities all wrong.”

Labor received 326 pages of Ipswich corruption complaints

by Ted Sorensen
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The revelation that Jackie Trad received 326 pages of corruption complaints about Labor-run Ipswich City Council proves Queensland Labor turns a blind eye to corruption in its own ranks, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today. A Right to Information document tabled in Parliament today confirmed the then Local Government Minister received a staggering 326 pages of complaints about corruption at the Labor council between January 1 2015 and December 31 2017. “It is beyond belief that the Palaszczuk Labor Government received 326 pages of complaints about Ipswich City Council but apparently did nothing,” Ms Frecklington said. “Labor talks about integrity […]

Why was Premier deaf to corruption claims?

by Ted Sorensen
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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk must immediately explain why she ignored repeated warnings about the Labor corruption crisis in Ipswich, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today. Ms Frecklington said the Premier was directly responsible for the implosion of the Labor-run council and owed the people of Ipswich an explanation – and an apology. “I’m pleased that Stirling Hinchliffe has backed my call to sack Ipswich’s rotten council,” Ms Frecklington said. “But the Palaszczuk Government must do much more to restore public confidence. “The Labor Member for Bundamba and former Labor Member for Cairns both raised the alarm about Ipswich City Council, but […]

Labor’s waste tax to hit Hervey Bay homebuyers

by Ted Sorensen
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Annastacia Palaszczuk’s greedy tax grab from Queenslanders is continuing with the introduction of a new waste tax. During a meeting with Hervey Bay builder Russell Clark, LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson and local MP Ted Sorensen said home buyers would be slugged an extra $3,000 to build a new home because of two Labor tax hikes. “Builders will be slugged more to get rid of the waste in their skip bins and this cost will be passed on to new home owners,” Ms Simpson said. “On top of that, Labor is also introducing a new land tax […]

Anzac Day, Wednesday 25 April 2018

by Ted Sorensen
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Anzac Day is a day of special significance to all Australians, particularly for our serving military personnel and returned veterans. The Centenary of Anzac, being commemorated from 2014 to 2018, is an important period of national significance. For further information on the Anzac Centenary please CLICK HERE In accordance with Australian flag protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, from dawn until noon in your locality, at which time the flag should be raised to the peak of the flag mast for the remainder of the day. This advice applies to buildings and […]

Can You Help Meals On Wheels?

by Ted Sorensen
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Meals on Wheels Fraser Community Inc provide a critically needed service to local residents who can’t cook for themselves. None of this is possible without the generous donation of time by it’s volunteers and they are in need of people to either drive or accompany the driver on the rounds. Please phone Colleen at Fraser Coast Meals On Wheels on 4128 1334 if you can help.

Save The Date For The Salvos

by Ted Sorensen
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As we all know, the Salvation Army provide an invaluable service to all communities with their tireless work & dedication. Please save the date for our annual Red Shield Appeal launch on Friday, 4th May at the Hervey Bay Boat Club starting at 6.30am – breakfast will be served. Businesses and organisations are asked to support this launch and book a table of 10 or a few seats. To book or for more information, please email jennysorensen@bigpond.com

Hervey Bay Crafters Mothers Day Craft Fair

by Ted Sorensen
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If craft is your thing, make sure you get along to the 2 Day Hervey Bay Crafters Mothers Day Craft Fair at the RSL Club, Torquay Rd, Pialba.

Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grants

by Ted Sorensen
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Gambling Community Benefit Fund – GCBF Round 95 Grants To Local Organisations   Organisation Sponsored Organisation Purpose Amount Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Nil Purchase Equipment $8,065.00 CEREBRAL PALSY LEAGUE OF QUEENSLAND Allied Health Wide Bay – CPL Purchase IT and Medical Equipment $18,507.00 Hervey Bay Amateur Fishing Club Inc Nil Purchase IT Equipment $7,227.00 HERVEY BAY CROQUET & MALLET SPORTS CLUB INC. Nil Purchase Ride-on Mower $7,990.00 HERVEY BAY NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE INCORPORATED Nil Upgrade Facility and Install Coldroom $24,223.68 HERVEY BAY SIXTY AND BETTER HEALTHY AGEING PROGRAM INC. Nil Upgrade Verandas $35,000.00 HERVEY BAY SPORTS CLUB INC. Nil Upgrade Facility […]

It’s the end of the line for lying Transport Minister

by Ted Sorensen
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Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Transport Minister has been exposed again as incompetent and a liar after the CEO of Queensland Rail confirmed just 16 extra train drivers had been recruited to tackle the state’s on-going rail crisis. Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said the admission by Nick Easy contradicted claims by Transport Minister Mark Bailey, who told Parliament this week that Labor was ‘well on track’ to delivering the 200 extra drivers recommended by the Strachan Report in January 2017. “At this rate it will take Labor more than a decade to recruit the drivers QR needs,” Ms Frecklington said. “The […]

Wide Bay Health Funds Redirected

by Ted Sorensen
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State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen is appalled by recent revelations that Minister for Health Dr Stephen Miles has been redirecting Wide Bay health services funding from our region. “Minister Miles needs to explain and then apologise to the people of Hervey Bay, Ted said. “Why has Wide Bay Health Services funding, that directly affects Hervey Bay hospital surgery wait times, being fleeced from our region and taken elsewhere. In a recent reported in the Courier Mail  on Saturday, 17 March 2018, it was confirmed that the Labor government has been redirecting funding away from Wide Bay Health Services. […]

 Local Government Legislation (Validation of Rates and Charges) Amendment Bill 2018

by Ted Sorensen
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My speech in Parliament yesterday (Hervey Bay—LNP) (12.46 pm): I rise to contribute to the debate on the Local Government Legislation (Validation of Rates and Charges) Amendment Bill 2018. This amendment bill seeks to provide retrospective rules to rates and charges issued over a number of financial years by the Fraser Coast Regional Council after a determination by the Supreme Court of Queensland on 6 November 2017 to uphold a decision in the case of Linville Holdings Pty Ltd v Fraser Coast Regional Council. During the financial years 30 June 2015 to 30 June 2016 and 30 June 2016 and […]

New figures reveal Labor’s growing Emergency Department crisis

by Ted Sorensen
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New Queensland Health statistics have exposed the growing crisis in emergency departments across the state. In February, one in three emergency department patients were not seen within the clinically recommended time and ambulance ramping also increased. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s incompetence was causing misery and suffering for tens of thousands of Queenslanders each month. “Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system and Labor just isn’t delivering,” Ms Frecklington said. “Annastacia Palaszczuk promised to improve frontline services, but Labor can’t even get the basics right. “These aren’t just numbers in a spreadsheet, they are real people in […]

Hinkler encouraged to ‘think big’- the Regional Growth Fund now open

by Ted Sorensen
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• Regional Growth Fund is now open for initial applications • Program will provide grants for major projects valued over $20 million • Initial applications close on 27 April 2018 Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is calling for big ideas that could help shape the future of the region, with the Regional Growth Fund open now for applications. The $272 million Regional Growth Fund will support major projects in regional, rural and remote areas that deliver long-term economic benefits. “Following on from the successful Regional Jobs and Investment Package projects announced earlier this week, the Coalition Government is calling for major […]

LNP will ban union propaganda at Queensland schools

by Ted Sorensen
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Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said she will ban union propaganda from Queensland schools if successful at the next state election. “Party politics has no place in Queensland schools and union propaganda definitely doesn’t,” Ms Frecklington said. “Students go to school to learn important life skills. Our schools must not be an environment for Labor Party indoctrination. “I will always call out bullying behaviour and the unions have form. Annastacia Palaszczuk is never going to stand up to the unions, which own her Labor government lock, stock and barrel. “Friday is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Some union behaviour […]

Solar panels for Schools – Air conditioning to come?

by Ted Sorensen
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State Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen is still pushing for local schools to be air-conditioned. “I had mentioned a number of times – that the Labor Government should commit to installing solar panels onto Queensland schools. “Finally yesterday, we have got that commitment and while it’s welcomed news, we must also air-condition our local schools. “I had advocated strongly for the air conditioning, after listening to the concerns of our local community. “The LNP made a strong commitment at the last election, to get the job done, and the residents of Hervey Bay strongly supported the initiative. “Studies have shown that students […]

Cruel 85% Neighbourhood Watch Funding Cuts Petition

by Ted Sorensen
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Sign the petition – https://lnpq.typeform.com/to/MYn7TU Community crime-fighting in Queensland will be crippled by the Palaszczuk Government’s massive 85 per cent cut in funding for Neighbourhood Watch. Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said she was appalled that funding for the state’s 400 Neighbourhood Watch groups was being slashed from $500,000 a year to just $75,000. “We need to boost community involvement in crime prevention, not destroy it,” Ms Frecklington said. “What is the Palaszczuk Government thinking in targeting Neighbourhood Watch volunteers for spending cuts? “They should be backing community-spirited volunteers to the hilt, not stabbing them in the back.” Shadow Minister […]

LNP to fight Labor’s unprovoked attack on farmers

by Ted Sorensen
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Thursday, 8 March 2018 Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington today said she would fight tooth and nail to defend farmers and their property rights. “Sadly, Labor have today launched an unfair attack on farmers, their families and farming communities right across Queensland,” Ms Frecklington said. “Labor’s proposed vegetation management laws are offensive and I will fight them at every turn. “Instead of supporting farmers Annastacia Palaszczuk is tying them up in more red tape and threatening their ability to grow the food we put our tables and the fibre we put on our backs. “I will do all I […]