As this has hit the Courier Mail let’s compare the potential candidates and their party stances on the issues raised here-
Diversification-Civic leaders are calling for diversification of our economy and new industry. Only Katter’s Australia Party has proposed this. Both the other parties continue to focus on tourism at the detriment of all other parts of our economy. We have called for the establishment of an ethanol industry. We have called for greater support for our manufacturing industry with calls for things like Navy patrol boats to be built here by local companies such as NQEA.We have called for our local companies to have a greater weighting to ensure money stays in our economy.
Business support and red tape reduction- It says here the LNP are making the right noises about reducing red tape. Show me where they actually say how they will change it. ALP candidate says nothing as she would not know and says nothing. KAP said we would increase threshold for payroll tax from $1million to $2Million helping 7,500 businesses. We said we will reduce red tape by having a team made of actual business people that know what they’re talking about to reduce red tape by 30%
Law and order/crime-Clearly a big issue for Cairns by this and many other new reports. The ALP candidate says there are no crime issues in Cairns and claimed at the Cairns candidates forum the biggest crime issue in Cairns was scaremongering about crime. Sorry, ask the people on the streets and they’ll tell you differently. The LNP offer little more. They have committed to 1,100 new police over 4yrs but yet they have not advocated for a review of the police staffing model to ensure we get a fair share of those police. They have not proposed any legislative reform to address repeat offenders or weak sentences other than to increase some maximums which does nothing. KAP has proposed legislative reform to the Bail Act, Juvenile Justice Act and the way in which parole is issued and administered which will address repeat offenders. We have announced measured to ensure victims are not put out by the actions of criminals and for offenders to have to pay for their crimes. KAP advocated for effective monitoring of sex offenders. KAP advocated for police helicopters.
Fuel and power bills-Neither party has a strategy for FNQ fuel bill reduction. Both parties will sell our state electricity assets which will see prices go up.
KAP is the only one with solutions to these very important issues. We won’t allow sale of our assets so that will ensure prices don’t go up. KAP has advocated for the introduction of ethanol which will reduce prices and reliance on overseas imports. KAP has advocated for power to be generated from sugar mills using the by product burnt off to generate power, making power prices cheaper.
Grocery and household bills- KAP have said we will bust up the duopoloy of the two supermarkets to provide better savings to households. Reducing fuel costs reduces transport costs which reduces grocery costs. Neither the LNP or ALP candidates have any solutions for reducing grocery prices. Neither of the other candidates understand the presure on families in relation school costs etc
Putting Cairns first-The ALP has shown they are only focussed on Brisbane and Townsville. Newman has shown he is only focussed on Brisbane. He does not know where Cairns and Bowen are on the map. He does not know how many people live in our city. How can we get the resources we need if he thinks we have half the population we actually have? Do they think we forgot when the LNP Cairns candidate said he would fund the CEP and match the ALP funding, only to have his Brisbane focussed master come on 5seconds later and say know they wont? Their Cairns candidate has no power and must bow to this southern masters. KAP candidates get to put their electorate first. We called for government departments to be relocated to regional areas like Cairns but the ALP Premier said it was too hard because the poor old public servants had their lives established in Brisbane. But now she is happy to move them to Townsville. Not good enough. We are still calling for government departments like tourism, A&TSI affairs, fisheries etc that could be located in Cairns
HEALTH-KAP announced on 13/12/11 our policy to have Cairns Base Hospital allocated Tier 1 funding to ensure we get the resources we need. We identified the need for urgent action to be taken in relation to the disaster management planning needs of CBH. We announced a new hospital to be built at Edmonton. We announced job sharing and child care arrangements to encourage and support working mothers. We announced an increase in the rural scholarship scheme for doctors and nurses. We announced a range of efficiency measures that will improve service delivery. We announced a review of the Patient Transfer Subsidy Scheme. The LNP waited two months and then announced tier 1 funding like we did, but nothing else. But the announcement of the campaign came from the Cairns ALP candidate who claimed our health woes would be cured by dropping the word “BASE” from Cairns Base Hospital. Speaks volumes that one.
In 1991 I attended the Queensland Police academy at Oxley. In 1991 it was falling apart. The firearms range was a deadset health hazard. Not only from the fumes, but the very regular rebounding bullets. The accommodation was pretty poor by reasonable standards. Luckily for me it was full and my mate and I had to find somewhere off campus to rent. The adjoining accommodation which was used for in-service training was not much better. Given that it was in need of replacement in 1991, imagine how much worse it is 20 years later. This govt has been promising since 2008 to replace this place. They gave themselves many pats on the back and told us how great they were. Now in an attempt to con the people of Qld treasurer Andrew Fraser is saying he is going to defer it. The man has clearly never set foot in the joint if he thinks this place is safe and suitable as a workplace in 2012. Why won’t this government finish what it promised?
I put out the following media release on 23/1/2012 as this is an issue of vital importance to the law and order needs of Queensland.
The Katter’s Australia Party Candidate for Cairns, and former Cairns police officer, Darren Hunt has called the government plan to defer building the new Queensland Police Academy a disgrace.
Mr Hunt said “The staffing levels in our area are reaching a critical level. The public works identified for a new police academy were very much needed. The old complex is falling down around their ears and does not meet the needs of a police service in 1992, let alone 2012.”
“At a time when the Queensland Police Service is struggling to get staff, this is a further blow to their ability to attract new recruits and train them to required standards.”
“You really have to question why the treasurer chose the Queensland Police Service to defer public works on in order to try and dodgy up his surplus projections. Could it have anything to do with the fact that the police secured the pay rise they deserved and this treasurer didn’t want to pay?”
“The people of Cairns and Queensland will now have to suffer because this treasurer wants to be petty and that’s not good enough. The people of Queensland need the treasurer to put trained police on the beat instead of trying to cover up his governments’ financial mismanagement with dodgy accounting tricks with an election looming. This proves once and for all the ALP do not care about police or law and order in this state.”
People who know me, know that I like to give credit where it is due. I often get asked why am I acknowledging people from another party when they do something right. Well that’s easy, if it’s the right thing I don’t care who does it or says it and I will support and acknowledge that. I didn’t think I would be thanking this particular person but there you go.
The Australian Party Candidate for Cairns Darren Hunt has called on the government not to axe police jobs as it will put the lives of Cairns residents in danger.
Mr Hunt said “This is a disgraceful act to try and axe police jobs because this government failed to budget for wage increases for police they knew full well was coming. It is further evidence this government cannot be trusted with the economy.”
The Australian Party candidate for Cairns Darren Hunt has called on the government to confirm budget cuts will not impact on service delivery in Cairns.
Mr Hunt said “The mismanagement of our economy by this government has resulted in the lives of Cairns residents being placed in danger. Crisis meetings forcing the Queensland Police Service to cut money from their operational budget to pay for police wage rises, is obscene.”
The Australian Party Candidate for Cairns Darren Hunt has called for urgent action to address the cuts to police services caused by the economic mismanagement of the government.
Mr Hunt said “The report that operational police services are being cut to cover the economic mismanagement of this hopeless government is obscene. The government and their lackeys are trying to tell police it is their fault they have to cut police services and not supply them the equipment they need to do their job because they had the audacity to ask for a pay rise. Orders for replacement equipment such as torches are being put back, so what happens are the street coppers going to have to share a torch?”
What an absolute joke. The Premier today stated that the Far North did not need a police helicopter. WTF?
The Premier had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the table to get police even a trial on a helicopter. They even had to be embarrased into it by the Gold Coast Council putting up $500,000.
Some people will say that you can’t judge a sentence handed down to a criminal unless you hear all the facts and mitigating factors. That’s often very convenient when those saying it know that the facts can’t be released because they are sealed to protect the victim.