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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 […]

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/
Parkinsons Nurse

LNP delivers dedicated nurse for Hervey Bay Hospital

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen has announced that the LNP will deliver better health services by securing a new community Parkinson’s nurse based at Hervey Bay Hospital. “A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government is fully committed to providing local residents with the best health care services,” Mr Sorensen said. “An LNP Government will invest $300,000 for a dedicated Parkinson’s nurse to be based at Hervey Bay Hospital. “The dedicated nurse will work with patients with acquired brain injuries such as strokes and brain haemorrhages. “This is a major win for our community and will ensure all of our community, both young and old, […]
Palaszczuk Derailed

Palaszczuk Derailed Over Repair Bill For New Trains

by Ted Sorensen
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By SARAH ELKS, QUEENSLAND POLITICAL REPORTER – The Australian Newspaper Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has ordered $100 million be redirected to Queensland manufacturer Downer to fix the state’s new Indian-made trains, in a bid to shore up the super-marginal ALP seat of Maryborough. The controversial New Generation Rollingstock trains — commissioned by the Newman government in 2012 for $4.4 billion from Canadian company Bombardier— have been used by Labor to attack current Liberal National Party leader and Newman government treasurer Tim Nicholls. The carriages need to be fixed because people with disabilities cannot use the trains’ hallways or toilets, and the $100m […]
Labor Train Lies

Labor Still Lying About New Trains

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. Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are more focused on their own jobs, than the jobs of Queenslanders 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 Powell said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s decision to send the New Generation […]
domestic violence

LNP to take real action against domestic violence

by Ted Sorensen
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A Tim Nicholls-led LNP Government will tackle domestic violence and implement a five-point action plan to better protect victims and their families. LNP will introduce a tough new five-point plan to take real action against domestic violence Only the LNP is serious about addressing domestic violence, after introducing tough new bail and parole laws for domestic violence offenders in early 2017 Only the LNP will better support Queensland families LNP Shadow Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Ros Bates said domestic violence victims had been failed by Annastacia Palaszczuk. “Domestic violence victims have suffered for too long under […]

LNP To Provide Hervey Bay Residents With The Best Health Care

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen has announced that the LNP will employ a new Hospital Liaison officer at Hervey Bay Hospital. Mr Sorensen said the LNP was fully committed to providing local residents with the best health care services. “An LNP Government is focused on ensuring everyone has access to the best health care possible,” Mr Sorensen said. “I am extremely proud to be part of an LNP team that will deliver this funding for our local community.” LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said only the LNP’s Ted Sorensen would deliver world-class health care for Hervey Bay residents. “A vote for anyone other […]

LNP To Deliver New Hervey Bay Girl Guides Clubhouse

by Ted Sorensen
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LNP Hervey Bay MP Ted Sorensen has announced that the LNP will invest $1 million in a new clubhouse for Hervey Bay Girl Guides. “Everyone knows the little blue building on the corner of Torquay and Denman Camp Roads – we have all driven past it for years,” Mr Sorensen said. “The group came to me in desperate need for improved facilities and while the blue club house has served them well, Hervey Bay Girl Guides have certainly outgrown their current accommodation. “The Girl Guides have done a wonderful job in our community and today Girl Guides Queensland is the […]

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…. […]

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 […]

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 […]