Nationals shoot themselves in the foot
There is nothing quite like the National Party for shooting itself in the foot.
For years we have seen Queenslanders united on one point -- that not a single cent of public money should be used to subsidise a coal mine owned by an Indian company.
Not in any way whatever.
Yet now we have six (!) excited Federal MPs from the National Party loudly demanding that the Federal Government subsidise a coal mine to be owned by a Chinese company with "links" to the Chinese Government.
Our money should subsidise a communist enterprise, these Nats tell us, at the same time as they tell us that subsidies are bad.
It's all for jobs, these Queensland MPs tell us, even though the jobs are in NSW.
As if that were not enough, the whole Federal National Party is convulsed with leadership speculation.
Some Federal Nats want to take us back to when their leader was their version of Tony Abbott.
All the Nats like to present themselves as being devoted to families and traditional values.
Nevertheless, some of them think their leader should be a man who destroyed his own marriage, yet who won't traditionally divorce his wife so that he may traditionally marry his mistress.
Some of them think their leader should be a man who just won't commit to the mother of his baby children (one born, one on the way).
Some of them think their leader should be a man who believes that divorce is a sin, but who is happy to break one of the Ten Commandments.
Excited Nats everywhere -- these contradictions are just too much. Too. Much.
Stick your heads in a cattle trough until your fevered brains cool down.
Labor fails to train Western Queensland’s next generation
Western Queensland’s next generation is being let down and left behind by Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government.
The area’s youth unemployment sits unacceptably high at 24.6%.
Instead of investing in Western Queensland’s next generation to get the jobs they need, the Palaszczuk Labor Government is doing the exact opposite.
Labor’s training policies are pushing more kids out of the classroom and into the unemployment queue.
New national data released this month revealed that there are now over 8,000 fewer students in-training than there was under the previous LNP Government.
While NSW is celebrating record low unemployment, Queensland's unemployment is out of control and the situation is going from bad to worse.
Western Queensland is in the grip of a youth unemployment crisis because Labor is desperately failing to train the area’s next generation.
Rather than getting kids in-training, TAFE Queensland has spent millions on international travel and Commonwealth Games tickets under Annastacia Palaszczuk’s leadership.
Annastacia Palaszczuk also recently refused $245 million in desperately-needed vocational training funding from the Federal Government under a new national partnership.
It’s not right for Western Queensland’s youth to be held back because Annastacia Palaszczuk is out of touch.
Western Queensland needs a Deb Frecklington LNP Government that will get Queenslanders back training for jobs and a brighter future.
LNP Shadow Minister for Employment and Training