Michelle Landry must think the more she repeats something people will believe it to be true. Landry praises herself for whatever work she thinks she is doing in Capricornia for the past 18 months and slams Labor’s record (again TMB 02/07/2015).
Kirsten Livermore spent nine years in opposition. It speaks volumes to how the Howard Govt ignored this area, just as much as the Abbott Govt is. Landry speaks up against FIFO, Abbott promotes FIFO. Landry apparently speaks up for cyclone damage funding, Abbott shows he doesn’t care, so Landry blames others. Classic LNP behaviour.
Here are some of Kirsten’s and Labor’s achievements after the removal of the Howard Government (taken as an excerpt from her retirement speech).
RBH – new MR Machine
Contributed 76 million to redevelopment of RBH
Regional Cancer Centre RBH
In partnership with UQ funded the Rural Clinical School
Allied Health clinic at CQU for students in podiatry, oral, health, nutrition, physiotherapy and other disciplines to work alongside QHealth (which we are seeing the benefits of now)
New library and accommodation at Mackay CQU
Total upgrade to library and Engineering building at Rockhampton CQU
Millions towards the merger of CQU and TAFE to be the first dual sector university in QLD (for which LNP have opened and taken the glory for)
Initiative of Medicare local, which closes the gaps left by the withdrawal of funding by the Howard Govt (Which Landry has stood by and has let it leave our area)
Headspace Rockhampton (Which now faces uncertainty due to funding cuts)
A generous sponsor for Beef Expo
Funding support to meatworks and Mackay sugar to upgrade facilities for quality and innovation
$120 Million to upgrade and improve the Bruce Highway (Howard Govt gave only $6 million for Peak Downs Highway between Mackay and the Bowen Basin coal mines)
Lifting of the Highway at the southern end of Rockhampton (and LNP took all the glory for that one too)
This is not an exhaustive list. Maybe Ms. Landry should have a rethink before she states that Ms. Livermore and Labor did nothing. The nothing years were under Howard, just as they have been under Abbott and Landry. Sure Landry is in the paper every single day saying “she is gunna do this and gunna do that,” but then she fails to deliver or Abbott doesn’t listen.
What Landry does work hard at and proudly votes for is everything that will damage Capricornian families and services.
Landry votes for cuts to health, cuts to education, cuts to pensions and family payments, $100,000 university degrees, cuts to ABC and SBS, punitive and abhorrent jobseeker policies, removing Medicare Locals from our region and moving it to Sunshine Coast and vocally stands in the way of marriage equality, to name just a few.
Bring it on I say. Not only I will be giving Leisa Neaton my number 1 vote but I will be speaking up for Leisa everywhere I go and encouraging as many people as I can to do so as well. As Leisa’s new slogan says #CapricorniaCounts and that I believe in.
Also sent for consideration as a letter to the Editor of The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin.