LNP LAYS OUT PLAN FOR QUEENSLAND
Sometimes it’s hard for people to see what difference politics makes to their lives. That force is felt most when big changes occur – for better or worse. Throughout 2018, the Liberal National Party fought hard to make a positive difference.
We forced the Palaszczuk Labor Government into introducing LNP policies that are good for Queensland. Labor has been pressured into adopting our policies on real-time fuel price monitoring, swimming lessons for kids, the Sunshine Coast rail duplication and crucial M1 funding.
We forced Labor to hold a Parliamentary inquiry into toll road operations because drivers deserve a better deal. We pressured them to implement tougher laws on violent sex offenders to make communities safer.
Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to stop many of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s most damaging policies.
The devastating Vegetation Management Laws rammed through by Labor were a hammerblow to regional Queensland, much of which is still battling drought. Labor slugged Queenslanders with five new taxes, which ripped $2.2 billion out the economy. They closed agricultural colleges and shut down regional maternity services.
Queensland now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation – more than 165,000 are without a job this December. I promise Queenslanders everywhere that the LNP will continue to hold this arrogant and incompetent Labor Government to account in 2019. But I don’t just want to oppose Labor. I want the LNP to lead this state because our plan for Queensland will make a positive difference to people’s lives. I am determined to end the growing divide between the southeast and regional Queensland.
A future LNP Government will deliver desperately-needed infrastructure projects like roads and dams – creating new jobs in our cities and the bush. Our focus will be on improving health and education services – not tearing down hospital signs. And I guarantee that there will be no new taxes under the LNP.
In 2019 I will continue to lay out more of my plan to ensure that Queensland’s best days are ahead of us – and not behind us.
- LNP Leader, Deb Frecklington
CUT YOUR STROKE RISK IN 2019
Let’s be honest, how much time did you waste on clickbait lists in 2018?
You know the ones, like “seven ways to look ten years younger”.
In the interests of short attention spans everywhere, the below list will be the most important one you will read this year. I guarantee you won’t get to number three and give up because it’s rubbish. But be warned, what I am about to say will shock you.
A recent study has found one in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
Yes, one in four people will have their lives turned upside down by a disease that attacks the brain – the vital organ responsible for our thoughts, movements and feelings.
Stroke does not discriminate. It can strike anyone, at any age and any time. It impacts everyday people - mums, dads, brothers, friends, colleagues or even you.
There will be more than 56,000 strokes in Australia this year. But there is hope - and it is called prevention. Around 80 percent of strokes can be prevented, and we can all take simple steps to reduce our risk.
- Get your blood pressure checked regularly. Blood pressure is the key risk factor for stroke, but it can be managed. The number of strokes would be practically cut in half (48 percent) if high blood pressure alone was eliminated.
- Manage your cholesterol – High cholesterol contributes to blood vessel disease, which can lead to stroke.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet
- Exercise regularly – Inactivity causes weight gain and contributes to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
- Quit smoking
- Only drink alcohol in moderation
- Stroke Foundation Clinical Council, Associate Professor Seana Gall