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An LNP Government will maintain the University of Queensland's current boundary, providing certainty for both UQ and the surrounding St Lucia and Indooroopilly communities.

Shadow Treasurer and LNP candidate in the new seat of Maiwar Scott Emerson said the decision to guarantee no change to UQ's current legal boundary - known as its Community Infrastructure Designation (CID) - followed strong public feedback.

“The LNP has listened to locals and will ensure the current UQ CID - which can only be altered with State Government approval - is maintained," Mr Emerson said.

“As someone who has had a decades-long association with UQ - having lived, studied and taught at the St Lucia campus - I believe this decision will provide UQ with the certainty to be able to appropriately plan for its future.

“UQ will still be able to apply to develop properties it owns outside its current CID but any such application will have to satisfy Brisbane City Council (BCC) regulations like everyone else.”

Within the CID the University of Queensland is not bound by BCC planning regulations.

UQ has flagged expanding the CID to include residential areas around Hawken Dr, Upland Rd and Guyatt Park at St Lucia and on the former DPI site at Long Pocket in Indooroopilly.

Mr Emerson said the LNP had identified education as one of the key drivers of the Queensland economy and would facilitate a new university campus in the Brisbane CBD as part of its Brisbane Entertainment and Education Precinct.

    • Brisbane West youth unemployment rate has increased to 15.7 per cent
    • In the last year 3600 youth jobs have disappeared from the region.
    • Labor failing our young jobseekers and has no plan for the future

New figures show Brisbane West is in the midst of a jobs crisis, with the youth unemployment rate now as high as 15.7 per cent.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, said the current government had let down Brisbane West jobseekers, who were clearly falling behind under this do nothing government.

“Our youth unemployment rate is now 15.7 per cent, and over the last year this has only been getting worse. It’s now 8.2 per cent higher than it was 12 months ago,” Mr Emerson said.

“There are now 3600 fewer young people from the Brisbane West region with a job than there was 12 months ago.

“The youth unemployment rate would be even higher if not for the huge number of young people in Brisbane West who have simply given up looking for work because they’ve lost hope.”

Mr Emerson said Queensland continued to lead the nation in job losses under the Palaszczuk Government and that Labor had no plan to address this alarming slide.

“Labor has done nothing in over two years to help jobseekers, but the LNP has a plan to get young Queenslanders working,” Mr Emerson said.

“The LNP has a comprehensive $100 million package aimed at getting young Queenslanders back into work so we can build a better Queensland.

“Our plan includes a $5,000 Queensland Apprenticeship incentive for small business; $500 Tools for Tradies vouchers; a $4,000 Job Start Incentive; together with discounts on Work Cover premiums for small business.

“Only the LNP can restore business confidence and get investment flowing to create jobs throughout all of Queensland.”

Net job losses over the last year: Brisbane West - 4,800

Percentage increases in unemployment rates over the past year: Brisbane West – 15.7% (up 8.2%)

Net number of full-time jobs lost over the past year: Brisbane West – 3,600

Number of Queenslanders who have given up looking for work over the past year: Brisbane West – 3,700

This week the LNP Opposition will introduce tough new laws to State Parliament to tackle the growing scourge of domestic violence in Indooroopilly and across the state.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson said the Private Members Bill would include reversing the onus of proof for bail, establishing a DV alert system, GPS monitoring for high-risk offenders on bail and introducing immediate appeal rights against bail.

“While the Palaszczuk Government has been sitting on their hands saying they will ‘look into’ strong domestic violence laws the LNP has actually gone ahead and done it,” Mr Emerson said.

“By introducing a DV alert system, victims will be notified when the alleged offender is applying for bail or having their parole reviewed.

“We will also introduce GPS monitoring as an option for bail to ensure an alleged attacker can’t go near the victim.

“We’ve seen far too many tragedies of late and the last thing we want to see is another one.”

Mr Emerson said Queensland accounted for a quarter of all domestic-violence related deaths in Australia in 2016.

“In 2015-16 there were more than 22,000 domestic violence orders breached across the state – up 39 per cent from the year before,” Mr Emerson said.

“Despite this alarming surge, the Palaszczuk Government still hasn’t implemented even half of the recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever report from two years ago.

“I hope Members from all sides can look past the politics and support these strong laws because the longer we wait, the longer vulnerable women and children will be put at risk.”

Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2017

Reversing the onus of proof for bail – Making it harder for bail to be granted for alleged offenders charged with domestic violence-related crimes

Establishing a DV alert system – The LNP Bill allows for automatic notification when anyone the subject of a domestic violence order is being considered for either bail or parole, giving time for victims to prepare mentally and physically for their potential release

GPS monitoring for high-risk offenders on bail – Allowing the police to apply for GPS monitoring as part of a bail condition to ensure the safety of victims and their families

Introducing immediate appeal rights against bail – Providing an urgent review of a granted bail application to a higher court.

This week the LNP Opposition will introduce tough new laws to State Parliament to tackle the growing scourge of domestic violence in Indooroopilly and across the state.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson said the Private Members Bill would include reversing the onus of proof for bail, establishing a DV alert system, GPS monitoring for high-risk offenders on bail and introducing immediate appeal rights against bail.

“While the Palaszczuk Government has been sitting on their hands saying they will ‘look into’ strong domestic violence laws the LNP has actually gone ahead and done it,” Mr Emerson said.

“By introducing a DV alert system, victims will be notified when the alleged offender is applying for bail or having their parole reviewed.

“We will also introduce GPS monitoring as an option for bail to ensure an alleged attacker can’t go near the victim.

“We’ve seen far too many tragedies of late and the last thing we want to see is another one.”

Mr Emerson said Queensland accounted for a quarter of all domestic-violence related deaths in Australia in 2016.

“In 2015-16 there were more than 22,000 domestic violence orders breached across the state – up 39 per cent from the year before,” Mr Emerson said.

“Despite this alarming surge, the Palaszczuk Government still hasn’t implemented even half of the recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever report from two years ago.

“I hope Members from all sides can look past the politics and support these strong laws because the longer we wait, the longer vulnerable women and children will be put at risk.”

Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2017

Reversing the onus of proof for bail – Making it harder for bail to be granted for alleged offenders charged with domestic violence-related crimes

Establishing a DV alert system – The LNP Bill allows for automatic notification when anyone the subject of a domestic violence order is being considered for either bail or parole, giving time for victims to prepare mentally and physically for their potential release

GPS monitoring for high-risk offenders on bail – Allowing the police to apply for GPS monitoring as part of a bail condition to ensure the safety of victims and their families

Introducing immediate appeal rights against bail – Providing an urgent review of a granted bail application to a higher court.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson, said a future LNP Government would phase out supermarket-style plastic bags across Queensland, including the Indooroopilly electorate.

Mr Emerson said single-use plastic bags had an average lifespan of just 12 minutes but could take more than 1000 years to fully decompose.

“I’m proud to lead the Indooroopilly community in cutting public waste, reducing landfill and providing a safer environment for our wildlife and families,” Mr Emerson said.

“Queenslanders use around one billion plastic bags every year and the average family collects more than 60 per week.

“By phasing out single-use plastic bags from our local supermarkets, we are making an important investment in our future.

Mr Emerson said the LNP’s commitment to phase out plastic bags has been fully endorsed by Clean Up Australia, Wildlife Australia and the Boomerang Alliance, which represents 45 different environmental groups.

“In 2005, all Australian Governments agreed to phase out plastic bags by 2008, but so far only South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT have fulfilled that promise,” Mr Emerson said.

“There are plenty of alternatives to the single-use plastic bag – by making a simple lifestyle change, local families can make a huge difference.

“Green, or bring-your-own bags, heavy retail bags, paper bags and barrier bags for fruit vegetables and meat will not be banned.

“The LNP is committed to protecting our world-class environment, after recently introducing a container deposit scheme that would give consumers, businesses and charities a 10 cent refund for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling.”

The LNP has committed to a policy that would address one of Queensland’s enduring environmental issues – cans and bottles littering our land and waterways and creating excess land fill issues.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson said the said the LNP would introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS) that would see Indooroopilly electorate consumers, businesses and charities refunded 10 cents for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling.

“The LNP’s plan would deliver a great win for the environment in the Indooroopilly electorate, result in less visual pollution and could create hundreds of jobs across Queensland in the recycling sector,” Mr Emerson said.

“Queensland is unique, and with this benchmark policy from the LNP we can help keep our part of the state litter free.”

Litter, especially plastic, is one of the most damaging things that we as humans have done to our environment and this especially affects our wildlife on the land and in our oceans.

Currently Queensland has the worst litter in Australia - 41 per cent higher than the national average.

“This is a landmark decision to clean-up Queensland and better protect our environment,” Mr Emerson said.

“Community groups in the Indooroopilly electorate will have the opportunity to organise community clean-up events and cash in containers through the scheme to aid fundraising efforts for other activities.

“It’s estimated that Queensland community groups could claim over $25 million from deposits and handling fees, and create hundreds of new jobs across the state in the recycling sector.”

Shadow Environment Minister Christian Rowan said the introduction of the CDS reaffirmed the LNP’s commitment to grassroots environmental policies and would bring Queensland in line with other states across Australia.

“In states where a Container Deposit Scheme has been introduced, more than 80 per cent of consumers return containers and a 2015 Newspoll showed 85 per cent of Queenslanders supported a CDS,” said Dr Rowan.

“While Labor tries to paint itself as the party that cares for the environment, its record shows a party big on rhetoric, but doing little in the way on real, workable policies that help protect our environment.

“This is a landmark decision to clean-up Queensland and better protect our environment.”

The LNP has committed to a policy that would address one of Queensland’s enduring environmental issues – cans and bottles littering our land and waterways and creating excess land fill issues.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson said the said the LNP would introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS) that would see Indooroopilly electorate consumers, businesses and charities refunded 10 cents for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling.

“The LNP’s plan would deliver a great win for the environment in the Indooroopilly electorate, result in less visual pollution and could create hundreds of jobs across Queensland in the recycling sector,” Mr Emerson said.

“Queensland is unique, and with this benchmark policy from the LNP we can help keep our part of the state litter free.”

Litter, especially plastic, is one of the most damaging things that we as humans have done to our environment and this especially affects our wildlife on the land and in our oceans.

Currently Queensland has the worst litter in Australia - 41 per cent higher than the national average.

“This is a landmark decision to clean-up Queensland and better protect our environment,” Mr Emerson said.

“Community groups in the Indooroopilly electorate will have the opportunity to organise community clean-up events and cash in containers through the scheme to aid fundraising efforts for other activities.

“It’s estimated that Queensland community groups could claim over $25 million from deposits and handling fees, and create hundreds of new jobs across the state in the recycling sector.”

Shadow Environment Minister Christian Rowan said the introduction of the CDS reaffirmed the LNP’s commitment to grassroots environmental policies and would bring Queensland in line with other states across Australia.

“In states where a Container Deposit Scheme has been introduced, more than 80 per cent of consumers return containers and a 2015 Newspoll showed 85 per cent of Queenslanders supported a CDS,” said Dr Rowan.

“While Labor tries to paint itself as the party that cares for the environment, its record shows a party big on rhetoric, but doing little in the way on real, workable policies that help protect our environment.

“This is a landmark decision to clean-up Queensland and better protect our environment.”

An LNP jobs plan will see up to 20,000 young Queenslanders in jobs, encourage apprentices to finish their training and incentivise employers to train and retain workers.

Member for Indooroopilly, Scott Emerson said the plan provides strong incentives for businesses to train and retain young workers, which will be a major boost to employment in Indooroopilly.

“The LNP’s plan will provide Indooroopilly businesses with support to recruit young Queenslanders, encourage them to take on apprentices to help them finish their training and provide a boost to employers to cover workers compensation premiums,” Mr Emerson said.

“Our plan gives young apprentices and tradies in Indooroopilly that vital first ‘leg up’, and will also encourage more apprentices to complete their training and get into the workforce.

“It will also include support for up to 20,000 Queensland tradies over four years by contributing $500 towards new tools for apprentices upon completion of their training.”

“We understand the costs young tradies in Indooroopilly face when they start work, but we’re committed to easing the burden on our young workers.”

Shadow Employment Minister Jarrod Bleijie said the LNP’s plan to Get Queensland Working would include targeted support for small businesses and workers that led to jobs and opportunities for young Queenslanders.

“The LNP has a strong track record of providing pathways to jobs for young Queenslanders, but we recognise more needs to be done to Get Queensland Working,” Mr Bleijie said.

“Labor is all talk and no action when it comes to jobs - it promised to create jobs for Queensland, but its failure to do so has seen 21,300 more young Queenslanders out of work since January 2015.

“In stark contrast, the former LNP government increased funding for vocational education and training and empowered industry so we were training our young people for the high-quality jobs the economy needed.”

The LNP’s Plan to Get Queensland Working

1. Queensland Apprenticeship Boost

Providing a $5000 incentive for Queensland businesses who take on a new apprentice from beginning to end. This boost will provide up to 10,000 new apprentices over 4 years.

2. Tools for Tradies

$500 voucher for tradies who complete their apprenticeship to get the tools they need to get working. This will provide tools to 20,000 tradies over 4 years to help them get ahead.

3. Start Work Incentive

$4000 grants over 12 months to assist small businesses with recruitment and start-up costs for eligible young Queenslanders (15-24) who are unemployed and not enrolled in full-time education or training. This will provide businesses incentives to employ up to 10,000 young Queenslanders over 4 years.

4. Employment Bonus

Thanks to the stewardship of the LNP, WorkCover Queensland is in a strong financial position. A bonus to encourage businesses who employ eligible participants under the Apprenticeship Boost and Job Start Incentive will be provided to further encourage businesses to train and retain young Queenslanders. After 12 months of continuous employment of each eligible participant, employers will have that workers’ wages excluded as part of the next year’s premium calculation.

 

 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has abandoned Indooroopilly delivering a budget that cuts infrastructure spending and key services.

Member for Indooroopilly Scott Emerson said the incompetent Palaszczuk Labor Government had failed the people of Indooroopilly by delivering another budget of broken promises propped up by raids on public servants’ superannuation and increased taxes,” said Mr Emerson.

“Premier Palaszczuk and her clueless Treasurer have handed down a budget that fails to deliver the jobs and services Queensland and the Indooroopilly electorate needs now and for the future.

“Labor promised a budget that would deliver jobs in Queensland but unemployment will rise. They promised a budget that would pay down debt but instead debt will increase. They promised record infrastructure but have slashed infrastructure funding to a record low.

“They’ve made cuts to budgets including Education, Police and Transport and Main Roads meaning the Indooroopilly electorate will miss out on vital infrastructure and services, all because Labor can’t manage the books.

“This is a budget of raids, rip-offs and write downs which offers nothing for Queensland.”

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said today’s Palaszczuk-Pitt Budget confirmed Labor was incapable of delivering a sustainable long-term economic plan or creating jobs for Queensland.

“Budgets should boost business confidence, infrastructure investment and jobs but the Palaszczuk Labor Government has failed on all counts,” Mr Nicholls.

“Premier Palaszczuk and her clueless Treasurer only know how to deliver short-term sugar hits that will fail to deliver the jobs and services that Queenslanders need now and for the future. What happens when they run out of hollow logs to raid?”

Labor’s budget cuts by portfolio:

Department of Education and Training $191.2 million

Department of Transport and Main Roads $102.8 million

Queensland Police $38.1 million

Department of Justice and Attorney-General $28.3 million

Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing $6.6 million

Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation $5.9 million

Department of the Premier and Cabinet $5.1 million

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries $5 million budget year and forward estimates

Queensland Treasury $4.5 million

Department of State Development $2.9 million

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection $2.7 million

Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning $2.7 million

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders $1 million budget year and forward estimates

Department of Energy and Water Supply $0.9 million

Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and Commonwealth Games $0.4 million

Indooroopilly MP Scott Emerson said pressure from him working with the local community has seen the Palaszczuk Labor Government commit to the upgrade of the Graceville train station upgrade and a cycle bridge across Moggill Road at Indooroopilly in the State Budget.

Mr Emerson said the projects were fully costed and funded by the previous LNP Government but were at risk of being scrapped by Labor through budget black hole cuts.

“Sadly there is little new funding in the budget for the Indooroopilly electorate while motorists and public transport users will be hit by increases in car registration and train, bus and ferry fares," he said.

"Under the LNP family car registration was frozen and fares were cut for the first time statewide in Queensland history.

"It is clear that Labor did not have a plan to deliver for Queensland including Indooroopilly except to increase the cost-of-living."

Mr Emerson said the Graceville station upgrade would increase access for the disabled and those with mobility issues while the cycle bridge would improve safety at the intersection of Moggill Road and the Centenary Motorway.

"When I was Transport and Main Roads Minister I started the roll-out of flashing lights at school zones and I'm pleased the State Government has adopted that policy," he said.

"I'll be fighting for even more schools in the Indooroopilly electorate to get those flashing lights."

Tomorrow, drivers from Indooroopilly electorate will pay more for car registration than ever before as Labor’s unfair increase comes into effect.

Member for Indooroopilly Scott Emerson said while the LNP froze car registration for three years, Labor is slugging drivers with an increase two and a half times the inflation rate.

“This increase is unfair and puts unnecessary cost of living pressure on the families in my electorate of Indooroopilly,” Mr Emerson said.

“In Parliament, the LNP moved a disallowance motion to stop the 3.5 per cent increase however every single Labor MP voted for it to stay.

“Stephen Miles MP, Member for Mount Coot-tha, has let his constituents down and should be ashamed.

“Queenslanders voted for a government that put their interest first, not the interests of its party.”

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said Labor is using Queensland taxpayers as cash cows to compensate for its lack of an economic plan.

“With the budget only two weeks away, Queenslanders will be wondering if they will have to reach into their own pockets, like they have had to with car registration, to help the struggling Treasurer balance the books,” Mr Springborg said.

“Queenslanders didn’t vote for massive price hikes and that is exactly what they have got from Labor.”

CAR REGO COSTS TABLE:

Car   type What   it was (2014-15) From   1 July 2015 under ALP
4-cylinder $280.05 $289.95
6-cylinder $443.45 $458.95
8-cylinder $620.95 $642.70

NOTE – These costs exclude CTP and Traffic Improvement Levy, which also add to car registration bill

Round three of the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants program opened on 4 May 2015.

The state government’s Anzac Centenary Grant program helps local communities commemorate the Anzac Centenary and serve the memory of our service men and women.

More than 140 community projects and events have been supported with more than $3.2 in grant funding distributed in previous rounds.

Communities and organisations can apply for funding to help commemorate this special time in our Anzac history and provide a legacy for the future.

Community research projects to raise awareness and educate Queenslanders about the war efforts of service men and women and what was happening back on the home front during the first World War will be prioritised.

Applications to Round three will close on 9 June.

Visit http://anzac100.initiatives.qld.gov.au, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring the team on 3003 9173 for more information.