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There’s no excuse for elder abuse

Recently I have heard from some local people really concerning stories of their experiences of elder abuse in their network of friends and family. This is not a nice topic but if we are to be a caring community that reaches out and supports the vulnerable here on the Sunshine Coast, we need to talk... ... (06-Sep)

Bad energy policy to blame for high power prices

Nearly two decades of poor government decisions has resulted in today’s high costs .of energy.  I am concerned that Queensland families will face the prospect of further electricity price hikes under the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s policy. According to the Queensland Productivit... ... (01-Aug)

LNP to withdraw from Safe Schools Program

I am lucky to have had a great childhood. However, I still remember experiencing some bullying at school which many of us can probably also recount ourselves. Fortunately I was able to get over it whereas some kids can be really traumatised. That's why it's such a shame that the ideologies pushing... ... (01-Aug)

Anti-God Police over-reach in state schools - call to action

Education Minister Kate Jones has given into the Anti-God Police by endorsing a radical policy to ban school children from talking about their faith at State schools. What country are we living in? It's hard to believe they would even try this on but obviously they're hoping people won't speak up a... ... (01-Aug)

Minister asked to explain broken promise on long-overdue update of Management Plan for Mt Coolum

Why has the National Parks Minister Steven Miles failed to deliver a much-needed update of the Management Plan for Mt Coolum National Park?  I've asked him to please explain why there have been further delays on plans to update the management plan for our much-loved iconic Sunshine Coast touris... ... (01-Aug)

Twin Waters West Update

I am aware that local residents are concerned about the proposed amendment of SEQ Regional Plan to permit development at Twin Waters West development on the former cane lane abutting the Sunshine Motorway. I am pleased that State Government has agreed to provide a scrutiny of flood models to ensur... ... (01-Aug)

LNP protecting Frontline Emergency Workers

Our hard-working emergency services workers have it tough enough protecting the community without the added worry of being physically attacked on the job.  More needs to be done to re-enforce the message that it is not acceptable to assault our front-line emergency services workers and police o... ... (28-Jun)

LNP’s Veterans’ Affairs Policy

The LNP has announced it will deliver Queensland’s first Veterans’ Affairs Policy if elected in the next state election. Our plan will improve services and provide more opportunities for our retired military personnel and include Queensland’s first Minister for Veterans’ Af... ... (28-Jun)

LNP Pledge to freeze car rego costs

A Tim Nicholls led Liberal-National Government has pledged to put a freeze on rego hikes for three years to help ease rising cost of living pressures for Queensland families. This comes as this Labor Government has just slugged Queensland families for the third year running with another 3.5% increa... ... (28-Jun)

Body Corporate Laws under review under review

People living in community titles schemes may be interested to give their feedback on the Queensland Government’s review of Queensland’s property laws.  Consultation closes on 5 May 2017. The review includes an examination of issues arising under legislation governing ownership, us... ... (27-Apr)

Community grants now available to make our roads safer

Local community groups, schools and Councils are invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000 to help improve safety for all road users. Groups have until 26 May to submit their application for funding under the Queensland Government’s Community Road Safety Grant Scheme which provides grants... ... (27-Apr)

Taxis and Ridesharing

Annastacia Palaszczuk has botched the introduction of ridesharing services, leaving thousands of taxi owners and operators angry, frustrated and out of pocket.  The LNP will treat drivers, owners and operators with respect as we try to repair the damage caused by this Labor Government. We w... ... (27-Apr)

Youth unemployment soars under Labor

I’ve been speaking to families at my local listening posts who say they are finding it hard to get their school leavers into apprenticeships.  And I’m concerned about new ABS figures that show unemployment rates for the Sunshine Coast are up 2.2% to 11%, despite the opening of our n... ... (27-Apr)

Sports Funding Wins for local clubs

Congratulations to local sports and recreation clubs who have been successful in the latest funding round of the State Government’s Get in the Game program. Two North Shore Clubs will receive large grants to upgrade their facilities and 13 lucky local clubs will receive grants of up to $10,00... ... (30-Nov)

Sunshine Coast businesses meet with Shadow Treasurer

I was delighted to welcome Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Small Business Minister, Scott Emerson to the Sunshine Coast to hear first-hand from small business owners about how to help businesses grow and create jobs. While there are glimmers of hope in the Sunshine Coast business community due to a tou... ... (30-Nov)

We are grateful - Thank you for your service

You can show your appreciation for those who serve and have served in the armed services by displaying one of these stickers. Please help to spread the message that we are always grateful and we ...remember them throughout the year - not just on Remembrance Day or Anzac Day. Along with some of ... ... (30-Nov)

Fairer debt-recovery system for victims of crime

Victims of crime should not have to wait years for court-ordered compensation to be paid to them through the State Penalties and Enforcement Agency (SPER). I spoke in Parliament on behalf of local residents Andy and Laurel Leach, who have been waiting over six years to receive a single dollar of t... ... (30-Nov)

Sunshine Coast Team working together

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester visited the Sunshine Coast to meet with the Sunshine Coast team and see first-hand some of the priority infrastructure projects we are lobbying for, including: ·     Duplication of the North Coast Rail Line &mi... ... (28-Oct)

Fewer local police on the beat under Labor

Our police do such a fantastic job.  We want to help them by making sure we have enough police resources.  I am concerned about new figures showing a drop in front line police officers across the Sunshine Coast since Labor took office. In response to a question Ms Simpson asked in Parli... ... (30-Sep)

Fight continues for public toilets at Mt Coolum National Park

I recently met with local residents who are desperate to see public toilets provided at our much-loved Mt Coolum National Park. More than 10,000 locals and tourists visit this iconic tourism destination every month to climb to the summit and enjoy the views.  Visitors include bus-loads of sc... ... (29-Sep)

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