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Scott speaks in parliament about the state government’s job policy failures

The desperation of this government has reached a new low, with it now accusing its own Treasury officials of incompetence. So desperate has it become to find a skerrick of good news that it has resorted to making job numbers up and, if Treasury does not agree with its claims, it brands Treasury as incompetent. Let us not forget that this is the government that slashed infrastructure spending by $3 billion including in regional Queensland. Last week the Premier was claiming her Working Queensland policy would be a ‘jobs bonanza’ for regional Queensland and support 6,000 jobs. Apart from the fact that a $200 million policy does not come anywhere near making up for the $3 billion in cuts, a month earlier the government claimed that it would create just 600 jobs. In one month it is 600 jobs; a month later it is 6,000 jobs. I table the press releases.

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Scott speaks in parliament about the Palaszczuk Labor Government

Mr EMERSON (Indooroopilly—LNP) (3.01 pm): The tsunami of reviews from this do-nothing Premier just keep coming. In two years this Premier has called for 150 reviews—we have heard of another one now—task forces and inquiries. That is a rate of more than six a month. What a damning indictment of this Premier’s feckless leadership. It is paralysis over progress. It is excuses rather than enterprise.

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Scott speaks in parliament about the state’s labour force figures.

It is always a pleasure to follow this Captain Risky of a Treasurer. He has a new name now: he is the ‘Treasurer for Alternative Facts’. We heard another one just then. He came out and talked about the NAB figures in terms of confidence. He did not mention the seasonally adjusted figures for confidence. He said they were up. In fact, the seasonally adjusted figures were down. That is the reality. He is the Treasurer for Alternative Facts because he tells Queenslanders all the time that the Labor Party is in and they have never had it so good. Tell that to the 13,700 Queenslanders who lost their jobs in December. Tell that to the 34,000 Queenslanders who lost their jobs over the last 12 months. Labor tells them they have never had it so good, but there were 34,000 jobs lost in the last 12 months. It is the worst result in Australia and this Treasurer for Alternative Facts tells them they have never had it so good.

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Scott speaks in Parliament about State Finances

We have a Treasurer in denial. He says that black is white. He says that bad is good. He says that his economic strategy is working. He needs to go and speak to every Queenslander out there who knows they are suffering because of this Palaszczuk government and this do-nothing Treasurer. The best evidence of that suffering is the CCIQ’s Pulse survey that came out the other week. The Treasurer says that the results of that survey endorse his policy and are good news. What did that survey show? It showed that every region in Queensland is suffering. Business confidence is in the negative in every region. Particularly North Queensland is suffering. On the logic of this Treasurer, it is all good.

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Scott recently spoke in parliament about cycling laws

The news that the LNP’s lifesaving minimum passing distance laws for cyclists will be retained by the state government is a welcome decision. These ground breaking laws, which were the first in Australia, have been emulated in other states around the country and have been a success for Queensland cyclists. In 2013, before we introduced the laws, there were 13 cyclist fatalities. It was clear that something had to be done to stop such tragic deaths, because the reality is that one death on our roads is one too many.

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Scott speaks in Parliament about the Criminal Law (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill (No 2) 2015.

I rise to make a contribution on the Criminal Law (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2015. As has been mentioned by all of my colleagues, we take great pride in the fact that there is bipartisanship on this bill. This bill flows from the investigation into domestic violence initiated by the former LNP government headed by Quentin Bryce and resulted in the Not now, not ever report. The bill flows from recommendations of that report, particularly recommendations 118 and 120, and deals with the objectives of amending the Penalties and Sentences Act 1992 to make provision for domestic and family violence to be an aggravating factor on sentencing; amending the Criminal Code to create an offence of choking, suffocation or strangulation in a domestic setting; and amending legislation to allow a court to receive a submission from a party on what they consider to be the appropriate sentence or sentencing range for the court to impose.

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Scott speaks in Parliament about public transport fares.

In less than two months—in January—Queensland will return to the bad old days of Labor when it starts to hike up public transport fares again. Everyone will remember when Labor was last in power its policy was annual 15 per cent fare hikes. At the time the transport minister, the now Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, was the one who was putting them up. Year, after year, after year Labor increased fares, seeing them rise more than 50 per cent in just three years. When the LNP came to power we kept our election promise to end Labor’s 15 per cent annual fare increases. Last year for the first time in Queensland history the LNP implemented a statewide five per cent fare cut. This year, in 2015, we also froze fares—that is, there was no increase at all. But with Labor back in power fares are about to rise again.

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Scott speaks in parliament about vehicle registration increases

The Treasurer has been caught out again on rego increases. Once again he has been caught out claiming registration is only going up by the inflation rate. If only that were the case. We know that will not be case because he has always used motorists as cash cows. Labor has always used motorists as cash cows.

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Scott speaks in Parliament about our local P&Cs and the retirement of Kindy Directors Anne Marlay and Suzanne Burdon.

'Those who dedicate their lives to the care, education, growth and happiness of our youngest children are invaluable to our community. My electorate of Indooroopilly has been blessed over many years with two such individuals who have now announced they are retiring. Known to most as Miss B, Suzanne Burdon started working at St Lucia’s St Thomas’s Riverview Kindergarten in 1976.'

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Scott speaks in Parliament to give his reply to the Labor State Government’s 2015/16 budget

‘I rise to deliver my budget reply. Let me begin by recalling the legacy of Labor’s last period in office. This is particularly important because the transport minister in the last Labor government is now the Labor Premier. This legacy is her legacy. Under Labor we saw a disaster in public transport.’

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