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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]
Qld Election Issues

Compare issues that matter to Queenslanders

by Ted Sorensen
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If you are still unsure which way to cast your vote, then compare issues that matter to Queenslanders at http://queenslandelection.info/