Shadowy figures came out from under their rocks not long after I stood with the alliance against corruption, and courageous Jim Dodrill was targeted in a cowardly attack.
There has been a lot happening in a short time at the coal face of the fight against corruprion, and this week will be no exception. It's a good moment to reflect back on some of the moments, barely 3 months ago they were calling us a "rag-tag" bunch.
just watch this space is all I can say!
The truth is the ALP and LNP are arrogant, out of touch. When the LNP was in government they sacked 14 000 workers and wanted to sell public assets. Since then, the ALP has not reduced unemployment or the cost of living. They only care about money and power. The major parties don’t work for the people that vote for them, they work for the corporations that pay for them.
Our job is not to divide, our job is to bring people together. When you vote for me, know I will work to bring people together and for policies that deliver for all of us, not just a wealthy elite.
You know the big southern corporations have not bought my vote and that I am here for the 99 per cent, not the 1 per cent. If you want to send a message, voting for me will send the message that you will not be taken for granted and your voice will be heard.
Member for Cairns Rob Pyne’s says he’s ‘disgusted’ by the treatment of the Cairns Hospital board – the board today officially resigning after pressure from Queensland Minister Cameron Dick who describes it as rapidly deteriorating financially.
An independent financial report commissioned by the department projected a deficit of $80 million for the 2016/17 financial year.
This is more than 10 per cent of its operating budget.
‘What more does the government expect when the services, ramping and other such funding needs are overlooked for the far northern region’s major hospital,’ Mr Pyne says.
Mr Pyne says the matter is typical of the Governement’s ‘blame-shifiting’ strategy when it comes to regional north Queensland health.
‘This is scapegoating at its worst – using health services which are grossly depleted and deprived of adequate funding – and making a mockering of their financial management; or according to Mr Dick’s: their lack thereof.’
The board was had four days to give reasons as to why they should not be removed from their positions.
It had given an analysis of ‘worst case scenario’ and if anything this is a clear plea and need for more funding to meet our needs.
‘There is a waiting list for the waiting list!” Mr Pyne says.Read more
If you are wondering what my take is on the splitting the state debate, and why I want the issues around funding for the north talked about a little more seriously - read on.
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Mr PYNE (Cairns—Ind) (6.26 pm): The people of North Queensland are fortunate in this parliament to have strong representation through the crossbenches to make sure the voice of our region is heard. What worries me is that we could go back in the next parliament to one of the big Brisbane based parties running this parliament, and we know that when that happens the voice of the north is not heard down here. We can see the many years of neglect and the lack of infrastructure. I do not think people realise the burdens on families needing medical procedures always needing to fly down to Brisbane when the patient transit scheme hardly covers the costs for those families, not to mention the trauma and the difficulties of moving away from their support networks to get medical treatment in the south. We need these sorts of medical treatments and medical services in North Queensland. Ports in other areas get significant infrastructure investments, yet Cairns gets no investment in its ports. In terms of roads, I love coming to Brisbane and seeing all of these underpasses and overpasses. If we are all going to be Queenslanders, surely we are all entitled to the same level of service. By no barometer—by no measure—could anyone in this House say that the people of my city receive the same level of services as people in South-East Queensland. No-one in this House could say that with a straight face. Public transport is another great example. Down here Cross River Rail is proposed. What a wonderful piece of infrastructure that will be, but the north is lucky to get the bare essentials in terms of transport infrastructure.
People can get a go card and hop on a ferry, a train, or a bus. We have only buses in Cairns, and it is not a great service. The people in Cairns are entitled to receive the same services. It is that failure to deliver the same level of services in the north that has led to the call for a separate state. Where do members think this call for a separate state comes from? It comes from people in North Queensland who feel that they have been neglected, who feel that the state government is not delivering the services that they are entitled to receive.
I would like to reflect briefly on the administration side of a new state. One of the big problems in the rollout of government policy is that policy is channelled from George Street—from public servants making decisions who have no knowledge of the context in which those decisions will be rolled out in Cairns, Far North Queensland, Townsville, rural and remote communities and Indigenous communities. We all know how significant public servants and directors-general are in the policy process. It is okay for ministers to stand up in this place and announce a project as theirs because they are the minister at the time, but many of these projects are developed over the years through the departments. We need to have some of these public servants living in Cairns and making decisions on a more informed basis.
Why are we not entitled to have more public servants in Cairns? Cairns has one of the highest unemployment rates of the state. Why is not more of the machinery of government located in the regions, such as in my city of Cairns? North Queensland has one senator based in North Queensland, Senator Macdonald. He must be getting on now, but that is not his biggest problem. His biggest problem is that there is only one of him.
Mr PYNE (Cairns—Ind)(5.19 pm): Last week it was with great pride that I marched with the Tropical Mardi Gras float at the Cairns Festival Parade. I have many friends who are part of Cairns’ vibrant and active LGBTIQ community, of which I am very proud. It was great to celebrate with them.
It is with a heavy heart that I would like to express my personal sorrow for the way Queensland’s LGBTIQ community has been treated in the past, as well as for a number of injustices that continue today. We all know that being a gay man was a criminal offence in this state prior to 1989 and of the injustice and victimisation the
LGBTIQ community had been subjected to. While I may lack the stature of a prime minister, premier or even an opposition leader, as a humble MP I say to Queensland’s LGBTI community, ‘I am sorry!’Read more
Rob Pyne MP says ‘enough is enough’ and climate change must be taken seriously in our political arena. He last night he voted against Adani’s Carmichael Mine (west of Moranbah, Queensland) in state parliament.
‘The protection of an ecological wonder such as the Great Barrier Reef should be a priority,’ Mr Pyne says.
Member for Hinchinbrook Andrew Cripps put forward a question without notice calling for the Palaszczuk Government to prioritise its commitment to Land Court reform to expedite the consideration of resource projects in Queensland.
Mr Pyne strongly opposes the LNP member’s ‘damaging’ position on this matter.
The vote was lost 87 to one.
Mr Pyne says the outcome goes against the great tide of the community’s expectations to conserve our natural treasure and environment.
‘What they really should be voting on is a motion with a win win situation for the environment over mining fossils fuels with a key eye towards environmental concerns.’
It follows the Australian Conservation Foundation’s case against $16b Adani Carmichael mine project being dismissed by the Federal Court. The ACF argued that the former environment minister Greg Hunt failed to consider whether the impact of burning coal and climate pollution breeched international obligations to protect our Great Barrier Reef. It was successfully contested by Mr Hunt’s representatives and Adani lawyers.
‘Is it really a big deal to not only us but the environment if something right outside their backdoor, like the Great Barrier Reef, disappears in the name of commerce. You never notice the change until its already happening.’
Mr Pyne says there’s no denying that the emissions for the exploration and extraction of fossils fuels, such as coal, has a high probability of contamination and pollution.
‘And here Adani, Mr Cripps, Mr Hunt and vested interests are trying to expedite these process which are there for the protection of the environment. So this should be a great concern to everybody downstream.’
The Great Barrier Reef and rainforest are not an expendable resources and should be in everybody’s thoughts and hearts in regards to future generations.
‘The coal mining are the jobs of the twentieth century and we need to be creating the jobs of the twenty first century,’ Mr Pyne says.
‘The big problem is sea level rise and Cairns is a low lying city and I’m positive Lake street could become a lake if we don’t take it seriously.’
Mr Pyne was the only one who went up against last night’s motion.
Rob Pyne: 0438 360 370.