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OPINION: Measured and sensible, not short-term thinking. There is a better way.

Friday, January 30th, 2015

By Curtis Pitt MP Shadow Treasurer Having already used a $40 million taxpayer funded megaphone to misinform Queenslanders, the LNP continues during this election campaign to push its false claims that Queenslanders need to pay off debt of $80 billion. But right now the real debt — the debt taxpayers in our state are responsible […]

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Newman won’t rule out foreign ownership of electricity assets (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Premier Campbell Newman won’t rule out selling our electricity assets to foreign owners who won’t understand local needs. There are few countries like Australia that have relatively smaller populations spread across vast distances – especially true of regional Queensland. Foreign owners are used to big populations in smaller areas, not smaller populations in bigger areas. […]

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Insurance costs still an issue (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Inconsistencies in terms of insurance quotes are quite simply mind-boggling. Has the risk and frequency of cyclones changed that much to justify these premium increases? What has changed in recent years though is that insurance companies have updated their business models and risk profiles after paying out in recent years. One can only wonder what […]

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Retention of electricity assets particularly important in Far North Qld (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

When it comes to the sale of public assets, Labor has listened to Queenslanders. Yet the Newman Government are continuing to spend millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on print, TV and radio ads telling Queenslanders that they’re not being sold, only leased. Nobody is buying that argument. But we know that whether it’s an […]

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‘Award Modernisation’ eroding local government worker conditions (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

The Newman Government’s industrial relations laws have fundamentally altered the framework of negotiations to remove enterprise bargaining as the core of our system. So-called ‘Award Modernisation’ is being used to attack local government workers across Queensland, including those who work for the Cassowary Coast Regional Council. They were introduced under the guise of ‘harmonisation’ with […]

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We don’t want electricity assets sold (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Newman Government’s announcement that they will engage in the single largest asset sale in Queensland’s history (still pretending a long-term lease is not an asset sale) is very concerning for regional communities like ours. The LNP has now removed any doubt they are selling our electricity assets – the poles, the wires, the lot. […]

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Embrace the Grey Nomads to boost local business (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Councillor Mark Nolan’s suggestion to open Pease Park to visiting Grey Nomads has certainly sparked community debate. In 2011 the Queensland Parliament Economic Development Committee examined the impact of Grey Nomads on rural and regional economies – and found that the economic impact was significant, recommending that the government invest in promoting grey tourism. A […]

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Premier’s backflips too little, too late (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Last weekend’s by-election in the Brisbane seat of Stafford may seem a world away, but their issues are much the same as those raised with me by locals recently at the Innisfail Show. Most often it was the cost of living savings on things like electricity that Campbell Newman promised to fix before the last […]

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More affordable housing needed (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

A consequence of the economic downturn in the Innisfail area is the increasing volume of calls to my office from people needing access social housing because they can no longer afford the private rental market. The highest numbers of social housing tenants are seniors and disability pensioners. Only last week my office was contacted by […]

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Celebrate our volunteers (Innisfail Advocate)

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Earlier this month it was the 25th anniversary of National Volunteers’ Week, and at the reception for the Governor-General His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) I was reminded just how many volunteer groups we have on the Cassowary Coast. I regularly meet with our local community organisations, and my office often assists […]

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