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The University of Queensland at St Lucia is a wonderful asset to my local community. It is the most beautiful university campus in Australia. It provides not only educational, sporting and cultural facilities but also many employment opportunities and economic stimulus. Like many others in the area, I studied at UQ and even met my wife there while we were students. Having lived in the area for more than 30 years, I know how important it is that the university works cooperatively with the surrounding community and suburbs. Currently the university has proposed a new master plan, including an expansion of its formal boundaries, known as the Community Infrastructure Designation, or CID. This master plan has seen my office inundated with emails and calls raising concerns about the significant impact it would have on the local area. A public meeting about the master plan attracted more than 160 people. I congratulate the St Lucia Community Association for organising the meeting and recognising the depth of community concern about the UQ master plan. Those concerns cover many issues. They include traffic congestion and parking, with the university proposing a doubling of students living on campus but with a minimal increase of on-campus parking; established local businesses fear that a proposed shopping precinct would drive some to the wall as they try to compete with competitors backed by the resources of the university; the Toowong Rowing Club believes that its activities and facilities would be devastated by a proposed bridge across the river to West End; and existing campus colleges see a massive expansion of self-catered accommodation on campus as having an adverse impact.

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  ‘I rise to voice my support for jailed foreign correspondent Peter Greste, whose parents, Juris and Lois, are my constituents. Juris and Lois have fond memories of Peter growing up in Indooroopilly before he became the man behind the headlines. He has always been a high achiever, and as a boy he was an active member of the Indooroopilly scouting ranks. In year 12 he was school captain of Indooroopilly High. He received many awards including Lions Club Youth of the Year and a Rotary international exchange scholarship. Peter studied journalism at QUT and went on to establish a distinguished career as a foreign correspondent.'

Read more: Scott speaks in Parliament in support of Peter Greste.

I rise to speak to the budget handed down by the Treasurer on Tuesday to deliver a strong plan for a bright future for Queenslanders. In my portfolio of Transport and Main Roads we are continuing to deliver on our election promises. We are responsibly balancing increases in spending for vital roads and transport projects and front-line services while avoiding the need to raise or introduce new taxes. We are sustainably and strategically investing in the infrastructure Queensland needs as our state grows. Over the next year the Queensland government will deliver almost $770 million of improvements to the Bruce Highway. This is a record spend and is almost double what previous Labor governments had proposed. While my colleagues agree that this is a sound investment, the Labor Party has a different view. The opposition has no plan, no policies and believes any money spent on the Bruce Highway is misspending. Even when the members opposite were in government, they were satisfied to neglect this 1,700 kilometre lifeline. Unlike those opposite, we have a strong plan for a stronger Bruce Highway.

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Scott speaks in Parliament about a new noise barrier along Myla Terrace, Tennyson

 ‘Today I rise to speak about exciting works underway in my wonderful electorate of Indooroopilly. I am pleased to report that works to deliver a new noise barrier along Myla Terrace in Tennyson are underway. The noise from the Tennyson rail corridor has long been an issue for locals. When we first came into government I promised to deliver a solution. We consulted widely with the community on this issue. Queensland Rail conducted a street walk with residents, as well as one-on-one briefings and numerous letterbox drops. Last year we promised more than $3 million to deliver the noise barrier, continuing our election promise to deliver better infrastructure and better planning. The noise barriers will be steel framed with a combination of precast concrete and timber panel construction. They will be about 4.5 metres high, cover 300 metres of the rail corridor and will join up with the existing barrier between Vivian Street and the east end of Lancelot Street. Last month when I visited the site I saw firsthand that this project is well underway, with safety fencing installed and holes drilled to start the formation. I have received overwhelming support since the start of this project and look forward to seeing it complete in the coming months.’

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Today I rise to speak about the exciting works that are underway to improve train services in my wonderful electorate of Indooroopilly. I am proud to be delivering an upgrade which will increase accessibility to the Graceville train station as part of the LNP government’s plan to target disability black spots. This government remains committed to revitalising front-line services by providing accessible rail services that allow all customers to travel safely and easily.

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‘Tonight I rise to speak about the exciting works that are underway in my electorate of Indooroopilly. I am proud to be delivering an upgrade which will increase capacity and improve safety at one of Brisbane's busiest motorways. This is another example of how a can-do government is continuing to deliver. Approximately 70,000 vehicles use this stretch of road every day and suffer through the ever-increasing congestion heading into the city. This upgrade will see the Western Freeway stretch between Indooroopilly and Toowong being widened from two to three lanes in each direction. This will increase the capacity of the Western Freeway, which means less congestion on this busy road, particularly when you include the Moggill Road interchange upgrade and Legacy Way tunnel, which is nearing completion. In particular, residents in Indooroopilly and Fig Tree Pocket will benefit from the upgrade, making the run into the city less congested and more reliable.’

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‘Heading into the 2012 election, the LNP promised to revitalise front-line services and improve the safety of Queenslanders. Starting with a priority list of 15 schools, we committed $10 million to delivering flashing lights to 300 schools over four years. This was in stark contrast to the couple of trial sites that Labor had achieved after 14 years of all talk and no action.’

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"As a regular user of public transport I am often asked by other commuters why the state Labor government keeps putting up fares. Why did fares go up 20 per cent last year and a further 15 per cent this year? Many commuters do not realise that the government has already announced further 15 per cent increases every year for the next three years. That will see fares double in cost in just five years under Labor."

 

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"In the days after the January floods many people in my electorate asked me about the management of the Wivenhoe Dam. Why was so much water left in it when we had been warned of a very bad wet season? Why was so much water let out at the last moment, raising the level of the water in the river that flooded their homes? And, most importantly, could this have been avoided? As they read the interim report this week you could understand why they must be feeling very angry, because that report showed that the Minister for Water Utilities oversaw months of confusion and delay about releasing water from Wivenhoe Dam in the face of clear warnings of an extremely wet season and a wet summer."

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"My concern is that this committee, as it is proposed, will diminish the traditional role of the Speaker and hand more power to the government’s executive arm. The CLA will be responsible for the way the parliament is run. It will take over many of the duties currently undertaken by the Speaker. The government has argued that the new committee involves sharing decision making rather than centralising decision making with the Speaker. But concerns have been raised about these changes challenging this fundamental principle of parliamentary democracy— the separation of powers. The biggest problem with this new committee is that it does not include the Speaker. Instead, it is up to the Premier, the Deputy Premier, the Leader of the House and their opposition counterparts."

 

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Read more: Scott speaks in Parliament about Parliamentary reforms undermining the role of the Speaker