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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.

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.

This is a Premier who would rather do nothing than embrace the risk and reward involved in doing something—anything. This is the very antithesis of what it means to be a Queenslander. Those same Queenslanders are paying the price, with more than 30,000 jobs having disappeared in the last 12 months—the biggest job loses of any state—while almost 40,000 Queenslanders have just given up looking for work under this Premier and this Labor government. That is what happens when all one does is review instead of do.

Let us be very clear. Bobbing up and shaking a hand or cutting a ribbon hardly qualifies as doing. The business community, whom she has turned her back on, certainly does not believe that. The Australian newspaper—and I table the article—has identified her once distant now closed door approach as vice regal. You might find the Premier at a soft opening near you.

Tabled paper: Article from The Australian online, dated 13 January 2017, titled ‘Business savages Annastacia Palaszczuk as “a vice regal Premier”‘.

Of the 266 meetings listed in her ministerial diary across a recent three months just 12—12 out of 266—were direct contacts with industry representatives. Queenslanders do not want a figurehead. They want a genuine leader and not somebody who declares they will never do a deal with minor parties and then does one. That is not someone who bleats about theMember for Cook and then takes his vote. That is not someone who simpers an apology about the biggest rail fail in Queensland history while bending over backwards and kowtowing to the train unions.

Queenslanders do not want a Premier who just turns up for the good news but runs away from the bad, somebody who can be found at a ribbon cutting but is lost for the truth, somebody who broke Labor’s pre-election promise not to sell assets, somebody who with a fresh tax on property broke Labor’s pre-election promise of no new and increased taxes, somebody who swore she would never abuse the processes of this parliament, but gave just 18 minutes notice before changing the state’s entire voting system, somebody who is never across the detail, somebody who does not even know what the GST rate is. Queenslanders are forthright people. They do not want a government in absentia.