Labor don't give a stuff about Queenslanders
There is no better example of how the Palaszczuk Labor Government is a rotten mess of self-interest and misguided priorities than the saga involving the Premier's own Chief of Staff David Barbagallo.
Time and time again, Labor prove they are only in it for themselves and they don't give a stuff about ordinary Queenslanders.
Annastacia Palaszczuk gave her closest advisor permission to keep ownership of a company that pocketed a large government grant of $267500.
Ministerial staff rules demanded that the Premier's Chief of Staff sold off his shares in the company that received the grant but Annastacia Palaszczuk gave it the green light.
How do we know the Premier signed off on her Chief of Staff breaking the rules?
Because Deb Frecklington exposed Annastacia Palaszczuk's actions in Parliament.
The Premier should have enforced the rules but she didn't, instead giving permission for her closest advisor to blatantly break the rules.
All this happens while more Queenslanders are looking for a job here than in any other state.
Our hospitals are in meltdown with patients desperately being left waiting on stretchers for help.
Education standards keep slipping backwards in national ratings.
While Annastacia Palaszczuk and her advisor bend the integrity rules, they're not addressing the real and compelling challenges that Queensland faces.
Queensland has many problems to address, but they're made worse because of the misguided priorities of this government under Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor.
Queensland needs a government with a real leader with a heart for Queenslanders.
Only a Deb Frecklington led LNP Government will ensure the focus is on serving Queenslanders, not the Labor way of self-interest.
Tim Mander MP
Deputy LNP Leader
On interest rates
One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. The Reserve Bank can only be called mad for cutting interest rates again.
The purpose of the cuts is to get money moving in the economy by letting housing borrowers have more cash to spend. But because rates have been so low for long, house prices have been high, and borrowers will use any extra money to pay off a bit more of their enormous mortgages. The money stays in banks.
And because interest rates are being kept low, those who need that income on their savings are not getting it. It is these people who would indeed stimulate the economy by spending any extra cash, but they are being shut out of the economy altogether. High interest rates also help borrowers to pay off mortgages, by the way -- I myself have done it twice.
The Reserve Bank is practising the internal equivalent of an international trade war. It makes life almost impossible for customers, then wonders why nobody will buy anything. Lowering interest rates even further means only that house prices get another squirt of rocket fuel for their journey toward the outer planets, and even more money will have to stay in the banks.
Yes, housing is essential, and ordinary wage-earners should be able to purchase homes. But when they borrow other people's savings to do that, they should pay a proper fee to hire the money, just as they want a proper wage for the jobs they do. What happens instead is that the savers are slapped in the face and told that all their past efforts to provide for themselves were simply a waste of time. Scott, Josh, Barnaby (or whatever is leading the Nats now) -- is this how a market economy works?