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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 […]

Labor locks in high fuel prices for Queensland

by Ted Sorensen
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“Wednesday night the LNP called on Annastacia Palaszczuk to adopt the LNP’s real time fuel price monitoring policy, Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington said. “Labor continued to rip off Queenslanders, not supporting the LNP’s motion on real time fuel pricing. “It was also disappointing to see Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party vote against real action on fuel prices and the Greens Party didn’t even bother to show up. “Our state has some of the highest fuel prices in Australia. “Queensland motorists are being taken for a ride every time they fill up. “A car isn’t a luxury for most […]

Cyber Bullying Not Acceptable

by Ted Sorensen
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Cyber Bullying -Ted Sorensen speech in Qld Parliament Queensland Parliament Hansard Green DATE: 06/03/2018 FILE: 06032018_000358_LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY_GREEN CHAMBER.DOCX SUBJECT: Cyberbullying MEMBER: Mr SORENSEN Cyberbullying Mr SORENSEN (Hervey Bay—LNP) (7.18 pm): The Fraser Coast Chronicle has done a wonderful job reporting on cyberbullying and how it should stop and the role we should all play in our cyber community. Everyone in this place has the ability to stamp it out. More recently, the Fraser Coast Chronicle had reported on recent tragedies in Queensland of young people taking their lives and how we should all be responsible to rise up against the ‘dark unloading’ online which […]

Shorten and Palaszczuk vow to kill off mining jobs

by Ted Sorensen
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Labor continues to trade green votes for mining jobs in Queensland showing just how duplicitous they really are. Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten has been caught out vowing to kill off the Carmichael coalmine despite the mine passing seven years of stringent testing including by Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Government. Annastacia Palaszczuk was once this project’s biggest fan, even putting together a secret royalty deal for the company. Now Annastacia Palaszczuk says her and Bill Shorten’s stance on Adani is exactly the same. If both Labor leaders are on the same page does that mean Bill Shorten supports the secret royalty deal stitched up by Queensland Labor […]

Tackling The Ice Epidemic

by Ted Sorensen
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The Problem:- ICE use across Queensland – particularly in regional and remote communities – has skyrocketed in recent years. Organised crime gangs who supply the drug know they can run it through our regional communities easier because it’s harder to contain. There are fewer police numbers over a larger geographic area and there is significant economic disadvantage – such as high unemployment – so the market is there. In early 2017, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor released a draft strategy and almost a year later there is still no plan to deal with the ICE epidemic in Queensland. There has been too much talk and not enough action from Labor. Our Record:- The LNP has […]

Labor can’t be trusted on taxes

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said promises from Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today that Labor had “no plans” to introduce new taxes in the 2018-19 State Budget would be viewed with derision by Queenslanders. “Why can’t the Deputy Premier just guarantee Queenslanders they won’t be hit with any new or increased taxes instead of using weasel words like no plans,” Mr. Mander said. “It’s clear Labor can’t be trusted on this issue. “Anastacia Palaszczuk promised no new or increased taxes in the last term of government and then broke that promise not once, but twice.* “Former Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who […]

Labor can’t be trusted on taxes

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said promises from Deputy Premier Jackie Trad today that Labor had “no plans” to introduce new taxes in the 2018-19 State Budget would be viewed with derision by Queenslanders. “Why can’t the Deputy Premier just guarantee Queenslanders they won’t be hit with any new or increased taxes instead of using weasel words like no plans,” Mr. Mander said. “It’s clear Labor can’t be trusted on this issue. “Anastacia Palaszczuk promised no new or increased taxes in the last term of government and then broke that promise not once, but twice.* “Former Treasurer Curtis Pitt, who […]

Labor’s Mark Bailey caught red handed again

by Ted Sorensen
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Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington said today’s revelations that a senior Labor Minister did in fact use his private email to converse with his former union is a slap in the face for hard working Queensland taxpayers. “The private emails between the Electrical Trades Union boss and Labor’s former energy minister show Labor put the unions ahead of lower electricity prices,” Ms Frecklington said. “It’s clear the Palaszczuk Government and its Ministers are controlled and owned by the union bosses. “Under Annastacia Palaszczuk its unions first, Queenslanders last. “It is extraordinary that secret deals between the Electrical Trades Union […]

Chris Loft Dismissal

by Ted Sorensen
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I do not wish to make any comments as it could prejudice the court case coming up. It is generally considered inappropriate to comment publicly on cases “sub-judice”, which can be an offence in itself, leading to contempt of court proceedings. This is particularly true in criminal cases, where publicly discussing cases “sub-judice” may constitute interference with due process.

Labor Must Act To End NDIS Uncertainty For Queenslanders

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Government needs to step up and clarify how it will provide continuity of service, to ensure Queenslanders don’t fall through the cracks as the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues. LNP Shadow Minister for Disability Services Dr Christian Rowan said many disability service providers were concerned about the future of state funding programs and how services to Queenslanders who need assistance, but aren’t eligible for the NDIS, will be delivered. “At a state level, the NDIS is funded, in large part, by redirected disability spending,” Dr Rowan said. “As the NDIS continues to rollout in […]

Labor challenged to cease ‘anti-farmer crusade’

by Ted Sorensen
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The LNP today challenged Labor to stop its anti-farmer crusade and dump plans to destroy common sense vegetation management laws and ‘choice in marketing’ legislation for cane farmers. LNP Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett joined Shadow Natural Resources Minister Dale Last in the Burdekin to step up the fight for a ‘fair go’ for Queensland farmers. “The election’s over but Labor’s still scapegoating and demonising hard-working farming families and their communities,” Mr Last said. “Our farmers understand their responsibilities to protect the environment and they’re doing a great job of reducing fertiliser and chemical run-off and keeping precious soil in […]

Extra Driving On Seminars For Road Rule Updates

by Ted Sorensen
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Due to popular demand two more ‘Driving On’ seminars will be held (one in Maryborough and one in Hervey Bay) prior to Easter. These ‘Driving On’ projects that will be hosted by Active Plus Lifestyle options and funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services. An expert Driving Instructor( ex law enforcement ) will be presenting a two hour update with visuals on Queensland Road Safety and Road rules. There have been over 1100 road rule changes since 1998 which impacts the safety of our over 50s tremendously. There is a need for accessible information and to share […]

Fraser Island Dingoes Future

by Ted Sorensen
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I am concerned about striking the right balance between tourists wanting to experience the local wildlife and protecting the environment. I would like to see an interpretive centre on the island, highlighting the island’s natural beauty and the environmental significance of its flora and fauna. Tourists should understand, that they are entering a unique wilderness when going to Fraser, and be clearly advised as to what needs to be protected on Fraser. The Labor Government could invest in educational exchange programs with other locations like Yellow Stone National Park in the US, so our valued rangers could share ideas in […]

Let Queenslanders Love Our National Parks

by Ted Sorensen
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On a visit to the Sunshine Coast today Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington called on the Palaszczuk Government to open up national parks and nature reserves to eco-tourism ventures to provide a much needed boost to the Queensland tourism industry. Ms Frecklington said for too long Queensland’s most beautiful places have been locked away from locals and tourists in the mistaken belief that was the best way to protect the environment. “Sadly the Palaszczuk Labor Government isn’t interested in capitalising on the wonderful natural assets that make Queensland and the Sunshine Coast unique,” Ms Frecklington said. “Instead Labor kow-tow to activists who want […]

Commonwealth Games TransportDebacle

by Ted Sorensen
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Not only tradies should be offended by this, this ad is offensive across the board….. They’re doctors or maybe senior nurses on the footpath….?!! Like they need to run or walk more…I don’t think so…! They are doing tremendous job now under a pressured health system, failed by this inept State Labor Government. Rethink how you travel during the games, and while you’re at it…..  Rethink the Labor Government

Labor’s taxes smash confidence in Queensland – new survey shows

by Ted Sorensen
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A new survey has revealed confidence in Queensland’s property industry is the worst in the country, with Labor’s two new taxes directly to blame. The ANZ Property Council Survey, released today, shows confidence in Queensland is down and the Palaszczuk Labor Government is seen as the worst performing government in Australia. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said this was proof Labor’s new taxes would kill investment and cost construction jobs. “It’s no accident Queensland’s slide to the bottom of the rankings coincides with the announcement of Labor’s two new property taxes,” she said. “Businesses are now predicting fewer staff, less activity […]

What Is Queenslands Future

by Ted Sorensen
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I’m honoured the people of Hervey Bay have once again elected me to represent them in State Parliament and I will work as hard as I can to get the very best for our region. However with the re-election of Labor at a state wide level, the onus is on Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Minister’s to deliver the infrastructure, services and lifestyle that Wide Bay locals deserve. As local member I will be pushing for Labor to honour the LNP commitment to extend the Urangan Pier to accommodate cruise ships potentially creating thousands of tourism jobs. I’ll pressure them to commit […]

River Heads Boat Ramp Upgrade

by Ted Sorensen
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will start works this month to upgrade the River Heads west boat ramp. I have attached a project flyer (Click Here) which provides information about the scope of works and impacts that will be experienced during construction at River Heads. We encourage you to share the flyer with others that may be interested or affected by the works. If you would like further information about the project, please contact our communication team in Bundaberg, via email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au<mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au> or phone 1300 728 390. Kind regards, Shae Crawford for Brendan Clancy A/District Director | Wide […]

Urangan Boat Ramps Upgrade

by Ted Sorensen
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The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) will start works this month to upgrade two boat ramps at the Urangan Boat Harbour. I have attached a project flyer (Click Here) which provides information about the scope of works and impacts that will be experienced during construction at Urangan. We encourage you to share the flyer with others that may be interested or affected by the works. If you would like further information about the project, please contact our communication team in Bundaberg, via email bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au<mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au> or phone 1300 728 390. Kind regards, Shae Crawford for Brendan Clancy A/District Director […]

January 2018 Update – Ongoing Upgrades To The Bruce Highway

by Ted Sorensen
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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 the attached information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during January 2018. 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<mailto:bundaberg.office@tmr.qld.gov.au>. We thank all motorists for their patience and cooperation while these important safety works are completed. Kind regards, Deyarn Williams […]

Over 1100 Road Rule Changes

by Ted Sorensen
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There have been over 1100 road rule changes since 1998 which impacts the safety of our over 60’s tremendously. Maria Allen, Project Coordinator from Fraser Coast TESS is currently coordinating a project that will be hosted by Active Plus Lifestyle options and funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services. Two expert Driving Instructors ( ex law enforcement ) will be presenting a two hour update with visuals on Queensland Road Safety and Road rules. We recognise the need for accessible information and want to share it with the Hervey Bay Community over 60’s. Fraser Coast TESS […]
Urangan Pier Cruise Ships

LNP To Deliver Urangan Pier Cruise Ship Feasibility Study

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has described the pledge for a feasibility study into extending the Urangan Pier to meet the cruise ships, as a potential ‘game changer’ for our local tourism industry. “This initiative would not only boost Hervey Bay’s tourism industry by unlocking potential investment for locals, it would advance the entire Fraser Coast with increased employment opportunities and bring much needed tourism dollars to the area, Ted said. “Labor has dropped the ball over the past three years and is missing out on a golden era of international and domestic tourism, Ted said. “People who cruise Australian waters, have […]