Budget cuts lost opportunity

AN underwhelming State budget has been released which cuts State-wide infrastructure spending by $4billion over the next four years while revealing a controversial $1.5b cost blow-out in Brisbane’s Cross River Rail. Member for Maroochydore and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Fiona Simpson said that the Palaszczuk Labor Government had lost an opportunity to invest in cost-effective…

Coast MP records song to honour Anzac Spirit

A song from the heart, written during last year’s COVID lockdown, has been professionally recorded and released in time for this year’s ANZAC Day by Maroochydore State MP Fiona Simpson. Titled “Lest We Forget”, the poignant song was co-written by Fiona when last year’s gatherings were banned and Aussies instead paid tribute to the sacrifice…

STATEMENT: Labor’s private emails saga

In an awkward twist in Labor’s private email saga, Premier Palaszczuk has been caught at odds with Crime and Corruption investigators. The Crime and Corruption watchdog has dramatically released some of the Premier’s private emails while Annastacia Palaszczuk was refusing to do so. The Triple-C has also revealed several other senior government ministers, including Deputy…

Labor failing Queenslanders on housing affordability

Labor’s been caught out trying to cover up years of housing neglect by announcing a “new” team that already exists. Labor’s own government agency Economic Development Queensland already has the power of the so-called “specialist team” to support new growth areas. Shadow Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Fiona Simpson said Labor’s false promise…

A grateful Aussie

I felt especially proud and grateful to celebrate Australia Day this year. As I watched record numbers of families and friends gathering around picnics and BBQs in local parks, I was struck by two things – the sheer joy of people sharing each other’s company and, secondly, the many Australian flags flying. When most formal…

2020 Budget Delivers Broken Promises with delay in dangerous Coast road fix

Broken promises of delayed infrastructure and bigger debt was the disappointing outcome of today’s “lost opportunity” State Budget, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson said today. Ms Simpson said the State Labor Government had broken their promise to deliver the Mooloolah River Interchange Business Case mid 2020[1] with evidence the project’s…