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Ted asks – Why are Labor and the Greens so racist.

by Ted Sorensen
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Many people have come to my office to talk about the Adani mining project. Labor Lefties would have you believe that the LNP are environmental wrecking machines. I support the mining industry in Australia unashamedly, and I support the environment. I also support renewable energy initiatives. The Hervey Bay electorate has one of the largest participation rates in solar power energy in the State and that’s a great accolade to have. We all understand, that we will have a mix of energy into the future and how this energy is managed cost effectively for business, is high on my priority […]
Qld Health Report

Damming Qld Health Report

by Ted Sorensen
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National report shows Labor’s health priorities are all wrong Today’s report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare into the state of our public hospitals is another damning indictment on Annastacia Palaszczuk’s health priorities. LNP Shadow Minister for Health Ros Bates said that our public hospitals are bursting at the seams but Labor are more interested in wasting taxpayers money changing the names of hospitals. “Our hospitals are literally bursting at the seams under Labor,” Ms Bates said. “Elective surgery waiting times are blowing out despite a reduction in admissions. “The median wait time for surgery has blown out […]
Child Killer Laws

Australia’s Toughest Child Killer Laws

by Ted Sorensen
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Soft sentences for child killers will continue to be handed out under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has warned. Ms Frecklington said while the LNP had vowed to introduce Australia’s toughest punishments for child killers, Labor’s proposed new laws were soft and fail to address the issue. “Labor’s proposed new laws don’t go far enough to protect Queensland kids because they fail to introduce minimum mandatory sentences for child killers,” Ms Frecklington said. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO MESSAGE “There’s been too many soft sentences for child killers and that’s why the LNP’s Mason Jett Lee […]

Electricity Price Monitoring

by Ted Sorensen
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Queensland LNP welcomes amendment to Treasury Laws Amendment (Electricity Price Monitoring) Bill 2018 Thursday, 6th December, 2018 State LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed confirmation that the Federal Government’s legislation to prohibit misconduct in the energy sector will not allow Queensland’s electricity assets to be sold. “We welcome efforts to stamp out misconduct and ensure the lowest possible price for consumers,” Ms Frecklington said. “Queenslanders want lower power prices but they don’t want asset sales. “We believe our electricity assets should be kept in public hands, so the government can control the prices. “Unfortunately, the Palaszczuk Government has been using […]

POLL: Queenslanders say Labor is lying and to keep Lady Cilento name

by Ted Sorensen
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A Nine News Galaxy Poll has revealed that an overwhelming number of Queenslanders don’t want the name of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital changed. “This is the only scientifically conducted reliable poll on this issue to date and it proves Labor’s claims about genuine consultation are all lies,” Ms Frecklington said. “This is the final nail in the coffin for Annastacia Palaszczuk’s credibility. It is in Labor’s DNA to lie and Queenslanders haven’t been fooled by it.” “The Palaszczuk Government’s survey to justify the name change was clearly a rort, rigged and corrupted. You cannot believe a word this government […]

Right to Information exposes Labor’s sham “Cilento survey”

by Ted Sorensen
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The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s sham survey to rip Lady Cilento’s name from the children’s hospital has been exposed. “The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been caught red-handed fudging statistics,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said. “A Right to Information request has shown multiple votes had been recorded from the same IP address. “Annastacia Palaszczuk should immediately apologise to the family, restore Lady Cilento’s name to the hospital, and start concentrating on the healthcare of our sick kids. “Queensland children should have money spent on their healthcare, but Labor is spending millions on dodgy surveys and ripping the Cilento name down from the […]

Grants Open For Local Small Business

by Ted Sorensen
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The latest round of grants to assist Queensland small businesses to kickstart their business are now open for application with funding of up to $5,000 available for each successful recipient. Funding can be used for professional advice and support for business planning, marketing strategy development, as well as social media and digital strategies, research, mentoring and coaching. In the last round of Small Business Entrepreneur Grants, 237 small businesses were successful in receiving $840,000 to access professional advice and support. It is the critical early stages of developing a business that is so important to success, and these funds can […]

Drop Bear Adventures Beach Clean Up on K’gari – Fraser Island

by Ted Sorensen
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Thanks to Hana and the whole team at Drop Bears Adventures for their continued support of Fraser Island. Drop Bear Adventures Tour Operator cleans up the beach on K’gari – Fraser Island after being inspired by Prince Harry’s heartfelt speech during his visit to the island last week. Drop Bear Adventures, Tour Company owned by locals Hana & Mark sprung into action after being inspired by Prince Harry’s heartfelt speech at Central Station Rainforest last week. This dedicated duo has gone from strength to strength after starting their tour business just 7 years ago and they say this success is […]

Armistice Day Centenary

by Ted Sorensen
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One hundred years ago on 11 November 1918, four bloody years of brutal conflict came to an end. Almost 62,000 Australians died fighting for our freedom and in service of our nation. To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War ceremonies will run in Hervey Bay, Howard, Toogoom & Maryborough on Remembrance Day, Sunday 11 November 2018. Full details can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/armistice

NEW Container Refund Scheme Locations on the Fraser Coast

by Ted Sorensen
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The Container Refund Scheme Locations on the Fraser Coast starts 01 November, 2018 For full details, go to http://containerexchange.com.au/ Please note a change in venues U Can Recycle, Pialba Bayside Christian Church, 18 Neil Street , Pialba Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm Type: Drop-offs (bag it, tag it, drop it) Payment: Cash, EFT via Scheme ID ucanrecyclebunya@gmail.com Cleanaway Hervey Bay CRP 9 Industrial Avenue, Dundowran Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 4pm Type: Drop-offs (bag it, tag it, drop it) Payment: EFT via Scheme ID 07 4315 6300 scott.campbell@cleanaway.com.au

LNP & 4WD Community Have A Win – New 4WD lift laws provide greater consistency

by Ted Sorensen
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Vehicle lift modification laws will be changed in Queensland to create greater consistency for 4WD motorists. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the changes would be in place from today, 26 October 2018, following the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement last month that it would change the laws to align them with other states. “The changes to the Queensland Code of Practice follow extensive consultation with industry and 4WD groups over several months,” Mr Bailey said. “This decision will increase the maximum certifiable lift from 125mm to 150mm, which is consistent with the National Code of Practice and other states. […]

Lawrence Springborg Testimonial Lunch

by Ted Sorensen
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To honour the enormous contribution Lawrence Springborg made to the LNP and Queensland, there will be a testimonial lunch in his honour in Hervey Bay on Friday 9th November. Lawrence will be accompanied by the Leader of the LNP & Opposition, Deb Frecklington. Venue: Blazing Saddles Bar & Grill, 140 Freshwater St , Torquay Time: 11.30am for noon start Cost: $50 per head – light lunch will be served Booking: Online by CLICKING HERE This promises to be a great day to honour Lawrence.

Racing faces ruin under Labor’s betting tax

by Ted Sorensen
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The unprecedented action to trigger state-wide strikes is a last ditch effort by the Queensland racing industry strangled by Labor’s $367million racing tax. “Once again the Queensland racing industry has been let down by the Annastacia Palaszczuk and her government,” LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said. “This is a $1.2 billion industry that employs thousands of Queenslanders and provides enjoyment to many others. “Stirling Hinchliffe failed as Transport Minister in the last term and he has now failed the Queensland racing industry. “Labor need to be supporting the racing industry, but instead they’re taxing it out of existence.” LNP Shadow Racing […]

Mary River, Traveston project: Property bloodbath that cost Queensland $318m

by Ted Sorensen
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THE biggest property bloodbath in the state’s history – which has cost Queenslanders a staggering $318 million – is officially over. Almost a decade after the Federal Government blocked a controversial move to dam the Mary River, 150km north of Brisbane, The Courier-Mail can reveal the last lots acquired for the project have been sold. To make way for the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam, the then Beattie Government bought more than 500 properties, comprising 656 individual lots, for $520 million. Extraordinary losses suffered by the government included selling a property it bought for a whopping $25.3 million back to the […]

National Police Remembrance Day

by Ted Sorensen
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On Friday September 28, members of the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and the community pause to remember the police officers who have lost their lives serving the public of Queensland and those officers who have fallen both on duty and off duty under other circumstances. This significant day also recognises the unique nature of policing and the dangers that police face in their daily pursuits whilst serving and protecting our community. CLICK HERE for full details

Farmers afraid to speak out after Minister sacks LDC

by Ted Sorensen
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Local Drought Committees (LDCs) across Queensland will be too scared to speak up for farmers after the shock sacking of the Western Downs LDC by Agriculture Minister Mark Furner, the LNP warned today. Mr Furner decided to shoot the messenger by axing the Western Downs LDC after its members – one of whom had served on the committee for 35 years – voted unanimously for the area to be drought-declared. The Minister ignored their recommendation and has allowed only part of the Western Downs to be officially drought-declared (Link to Queensland Country Life story below). Liberal National Party Shadow Minister […]

4wd Community Update

by Ted Sorensen
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Mr. Peter Gleeson Journalist of the Courier Mail has today (25 September, 2018) given the Premier and her Pinocchio Minister Mark Bailey, something to think about. Please refer to my post here on the 28 August, 2018 for background.  What a mess.  The Queensland 4×4 community has been reeling from proposed ‘fake’ towing laws – that no one had heard about, to modification laws – that no one knew about either.  Bailey was talking about consultations before these ‘law changes’ although Industry people who were asking for a seat at the table were not allowed in the discussion. The Minister […]
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LNP Targets Returned Vets For Jobs & Support

by Ted Sorensen
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Veterans Support Fighting to help our veterans who fought to help us was a sacred trust, the LNP’s employment spokeswoman Fiona Simpson said today while visiting Hervey Bay for Veteran’s Health Week. Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen and Ms Simpson met with veterans following the Veteran’s Health Week “Health and Wellbeing” Breakfast today to discuss issues they want help addressing, particularly with finding work after leaving the service. “Helping our returned service men and women succeed in transitioning to civilian life is all our responsibility,” Ms Simpson said. “It’s the role of Government, as individual elected reps, but also as […]

All things Solar…!!

by Ted Sorensen
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The Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2018 was introduced on 15 February 2018 by the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy – now passed, the Bill aims to; 1. clarify when additional generation systems and electricity storage devices can be deployed in association with the Solar Bonus Scheme; 2. enable the effective implementation of a new national regulatory framework for retail competition in embedded electricity networks which commenced on 1 December 2017; and 3. allow residential and small business customers in regional Queensland to have the option to return to Ergon Retail, if […]

Stay Safe This Upcoming Storm Season

by Ted Sorensen
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Living in Queensland, unpredictable and powerful storms are a part of life and while we’re used to their arrival, Ergon Energy Network is reminding residents why it’s important to be prepared. Whether you’re at home or at work, electricity is central to almost all aspects of our everyday lives. While the Ergon Energy network can withstand most extreme weather conditions, it will always be vulnerable to direct lightning strikes, high winds, heavy rain, flooding and flying debris. All of these can cause power outages and fallen powerlines. – which is why residents are asked to Take Care. Stay Line Aware […]

Labor refuses to debate LNP sex offender Bill

by Ted Sorensen
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Freed paedophiles will be allowed to ‘self-report’ under Palaszczuk’s soft laws The Palaszczuk Government has today refused to allow the LNP’s tough laws to protect Queenslanders from all violent serious sex offenders to be debated by Parliament. While blocking debate, the panicking Palaszczuk Government said it would press ahead with its own weak legislation, which will rely on paedophiles to ‘self-report’ to police on release. Labor’s draft amendments will allow violent sexual predator Robert John Fardon to be released unsupervised into the community on October 3 should the appeal to continue his supervision order fail. Liberal National Party Leader Deb […]

Bruce Highway Sept 18 Road Works Update

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. You can download this update by clicking here The Wide Bay Burnett District has prepared the attached information flyer illustrating roadwork locations and estimated travel delays during August 2018, weather permitting. 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 are completed.   Kind regards,  Hendrik Roux District Director | Wide Bay/Burnett District Program Delivery and Operations […]

Stroke Week

by Ted Sorensen
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It was great to meet Leah Pett of STROKE Connect who was promoting the importance of a healthy lifestyle for Stroke Week at Parliament. Thanks Leah, well done. Stroke symptoms How do you know if someone is having a stroke? Think… F.A.S.T. The Stroke Foundation recommends the F.A.S.T. test as an easy way to remember the most common signs of stroke. Using the F.A.S.T. test involves asking these simple questions: Face Check their face. Has their mouth drooped? Arms Can they lift both arms? Speech Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time Is critical. If you see any […]
Caravan Scare

Let’s Clear This Up And Tow It Away.

by Ted Sorensen
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Retirees were to bear the brunt of apparently conjured car tax – under the new ‘towing’ regulations to be introduced by Labor’s Government Minister Mark Bailey. Minister Mark Bailey was master and chief, presiding over the new regulations that would stop 4WD ‘modified’ vehicles from towing caravans, boats, horse floats and trailers because they exceeded their legal carrying capacity.  This was over a couple of pages in the Courier Mail on the 21 August, 2018… It’s a grey area over new towing rules. Hervey Bay was named as a post code that would stand to be affected the most. Could […]

A Must Watch Regarding The Ipswich Council Dissolution Bill

by Ted Sorensen
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I urge everyone to watch what Jo-Ann Miller, State Member for Bundamba speaking on the Ipswich Dissolution Bill – watch it by clicking here

Labor Thinking Lost In The Traffic Jams

by Ted Sorensen
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With comments such as “because it makes people think about their travel choices”, we are left wondering about what’s next if they think traffic congestion is not such a bad thing!

Labor Wasting Taxpayers Money – AGAIN!

by Ted Sorensen
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Once again we have seen Labor’s blatant waste of taxpayers money when attending the recent Common Wealth Games at the Gold Coast. When will this madness stop???

Sign petition to show your support for a Regional City Deal

by Ted Sorensen
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A final push is on to make sure Hinkler is one of the first regional electorates recognised as a site for a Regional City Deal. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is calling on local residents and the community to show its support for a Regional City Deal. “A Regional City Deal is an economic plan that delivers more jobs into the future, infrastructure for better connectivity, training for the workforce of tomorrow and builds on the strengths of our region. “A regional deal would bring together the Federal, State and Local Governments to establish a long-term plan for economic […]

Local Sporting Champions funding boost

by Ted Sorensen
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Eighty-six young athletes in the Hinkler region have received a funding boost to help them compete at state, national and international competitions. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is today congratulating the successful Local Sporting Champions recipients of Round 1 2018-19. “It’s fantastic to see such a large number of young people eligible for the grants and selected to compete at this top level. “However, it can be expensive to get them to these competitions and I hope that the Local Sporting Champions grant makes it easier for these families,” he said. Changes to the Local Sporting Champions program means […]

Federal Grants Available For Local Volunteers

by Ted Sorensen
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Grants open for volunteer organisations in Hinkler Applications for the Volunteer Grants round are open now, with grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 on offer. Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has called on community organisations to apply for a share of up to $20million in funding to support the efforts of their volunteers. “These grants help community organisations buy equipment such as laptops, pay fuel costs, train volunteers and improve their fundraising,” he said. “Volunteers are a vital part of our community and by continuing to help each other and work together we are building a stronger region. “Forty-seven […]