TAFE cash splurge as Queensland training rates dive

TAFE Queensland has splurged more than $100,000 on ‘brand research’ while Queensland training rates continue to plummet*. New data released yesterday by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research also revealed training cancellations were up, completions were down and fewer Queenslanders were in training compared to last year**. LNP Shadow Minister for Skills and Training…

Biloela business forum speaks up

Small businesses had their say about how they want to grow jobs, build the local population and create a better future for the region at a forum in Biloela yesterday hosted by Callide MP Colin Boyce in Biloela, attended by LNP Small Business Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson. Ms Simpson, who is also the Shadow Minister…

Red tape strangles local Bundaberg business

Excessive red tape, unnecessary regulations and costly and time-consuming paperwork are costing our local businesses said member for Burnett Stephen Bennett. Mr Bennett said Bundaberg small businesses were being forced to battle with bureaucracy, instead of being able to concentrate on growth. “The Palaszczuk Labor Government has a definite lack of respect for people’s businesses,…

Help support our farmers

After haunting images of farmers struggling to manage drought conditions in Western Queensland, it’s shocking to now see tonnes of strawberries being dumped.  We can only image the heartache of the families who are impacted by this crisis. We need to get behind our farmers more than ever before and support organisations like Care Outreach and…

Labor have no plan for mature aged workers

LNP Shadow Minister for Employment Fiona Simpson has slammed the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s mature aged worker boost as little more than a photo opportunity. “Annastacia Palaszczuk’s mature aged worker boost payment was a six-month sugar hit that delivered little more than a media release,” Ms Simpson said. “Queensland suffers from the nation’s worst unemployment rate…

Simpson calls for urgent action on suicide epidemic

Suicide is a gut-wrenching crisis that’s ripping up lives in our communities with two Queenslanders taking their own lives every day. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson called for a Parliamentary Inquiry into Suicide – the number one cause of death for people aged between 14 and 44 in Australia. Ms Simpson…

Call to support farmers and bush businesses

Queenslanders wanting to help farmers and ensure country towns endure the drought should consider cash donations to organisations helping support local jobs and services. LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson said the generosity of Queenslanders was wonderful and cash donations helped farmers spend money locally and kept towns resilient. Speaking in Parliament on…