Talking Points – Labor’s lack of policies
With less than 12 months to go until the next State Election, Queenslanders deserve to know where the Labor Opposition stands on key issues and what their policies are.
According to the Opposition Leader’s website, as of 7 April 2014, Labor has announced just six policies* in the past two years, which are:
* A 1am lockout at night clubs and pubs.
* Reinstating the Sentencing Advisory Council (which was abolished because it basically duplicated the role of the Queensland Law Reform Commission)
* Refusing unvaccinated children access to child care
* Ready for Work program to assist unemployed people get into work (a rehash of an old program costing $90 million a year with no explanation of where the money’s coming from)
* Moving the Labour Day holiday back to May
* Changing the Industrial Relations Act so the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission no longer has to consider the financial position and fiscal strategy of the State Government when arbitrating wage negotiations.
HEADLINE TALKING POINTS
* Labor has no position on anything and no positive plan for Queensland. The Leader of the Opposition is really the ‘Leader of the No Position’. Queenslanders deserve better from the party that is supposed to be an alternative Government.
* After 20 years in power, Labor was a broken record and the song was always the same – broken promises, higher taxes and charges, mismanagement and waste.
* After two years in Opposition, Labor is offering nothing new – they are still out of touch and out of ideas. The Leader of the Opposition wants to bring the Labor wreckers back – the same tired old Labor team that gave Queensland an $80 billion debt and a health payroll debacle.
* Unlike Labor, the LNP has a clear plan for Queensland and detailed comprehensive policies to grow a four pillar economy, revitalise front line services, restore accountability, deliver better infrastructure and planning, and lower the cost of living by cutting waste.
KEY QUOTES FROM THE ‘NO POSITION’ LABOR PARTY
After the 2013/14 Budget
“I’m not going to take any suggestion that this LNP Government is doing one thing and that we should have to provide an alternative.”
– Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt, 612 ABC Brisbane, 4 June 2013
CHRIS O’BRIEN: But you must have something in mind to do things differently if you think today’s Budget was so wrong?
CURTIS PITT: “What we know is that we wouldn’t have done last year’s Budget the way it was done.”
– 7.30 Qld, 4 June 2013
On the day of the 2012/13 Budget:
STEVE AUSTIN: So you don’t have a desired debt level for Queensland, you don’t have a desired number of public servants – it makes it difficult for the voter to compare the opposition’s policy with the Government’s actions.
CURTIS PITT: “Well I didn’t say that we didn’t have that, I just didn’t give you a number.
– ABC 612 Brisbane, 11 September 2012
On debt repayment
Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt says Labor will pay back the $80 billion debt “by being patient”. (612 ABC Radio Brisbane, 4 March 2014)
* Details about Labor’s lack of policies can be found at http://annastaciapalaszczukmp.com.au/category/policy/
*On the policy section of the Opposition Leader’s website, Labor also lists a policy to address a legal loophole around guide dogs which is irrelevant as the Government has dealt with the issue. It also includes a ‘Charter of Workers’ Rights’, which is essentially a motherhood statement, and a discussion paper on single sex state schools, but this only includes proposals, no firm commitments.