MEDIA REQUEST: Fraser Coast Chronicle

by Ted Sorensen
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It has been raised more than once why I normally don’t communicate with the Fraser Coast Chronicle.

Below is a perfect example where we responded 57 minutes later and well before their print deadline (nearly 3 hours) and here we are 1 week later and no story.  You be the judge . . .

From: Annie Perets []
Sent: Monday, 26 June 2017 12:11 PM
To: Hervey Bay Electorate Office <>
Subject: MEDIA REQUEST: Fraser Coast Chronicle

Hi Ted,

This is Annie, journalist from the Fraser Coast Chronicle.
I’m writing a story on the latest youth unemployment statistics in the Wide Bay. Latest figures indicate that 24% of youth in the region are unemployed – that’s a rise of 4.4% over the last 12 months.
Would you like to comment on this? It is going into tomorrow’s paper, so if you were to comment, I’d like responses back by 4pm if possible.

The 24% statistic is across Wide Bay – how accurately do you believe it directly reflects Hervey Bay and the Fraser Coast?
Why do you think it’s so hard for young people to get a job on the Fraser Coast?
Why do you think the Wide Bay youth unemployment rate has climbed in the last 12 months?
Do you have any plans to tackle this statistic?
Anything else you would like to add?

From: Hervey Bay Electorate Office
Sent: Monday, 26 June 2017 1:08 PM
To: ‘Annie Perets’ <<>>
Subject: RE: MEDIA REQUEST: Fraser Coast Chronicle

*         Wide Bay youth lose 800 jobs in last year under this do-nothing Labor government

*         Queensland leads the nation in youth job losses with 13 out of 19 regions going backwards

*         Youth unemployment in Wide Bay now sits at 24 per cent after 4.4 per cent rise

Queensland is leading the nation for all the wrong reasons under Labor, with youth jobs disappearing from 13 out of 19 regions in Queensland last year, while a total of 11,200 youth jobs disappeared from the state in the last 12 months.
These facts irrefutably show Labor’s ‘jobs budget’ is nothing more than a con job and Hervey Bay is being held back by a do-nothing government.
The Regional roads budget in the Wide Bay Burnett has been cut by more than $84 million in this year’s budget, so they can fund the cross river rail in Brisbane. What will this do for the youth unemployment in Hervey Bay?
Labor has still not spent the $26million promised in previous budgets.
Urgent upgrades such as the intersection at Scrub Hill / Wide Bay Drive and Pialba – Burrum Heads Road are left to languish and motorists play Russian roulette negotiating the intersection.
Only the LNP has a plan to focus on six key economic drivers to Build a Better Queensland and deliver the jobs needed to restart our economy.

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