LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has welcomed the selection of Clark Siemsen as her party’s candidate for the electorate of Sandgate.
Ms Frecklington said Mr Siemsen, an electrical fitter for the NBN, was committed to creating more jobs for Sandgate and getting the local economy growing again.
“Clark knows that the biggest issue facing Sandgate is how we drag the economy out of recession and create new jobs,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Almost 9000 jobs have been lost across Brisbane’s northside and many local businesses have been forced to close.
“If you vote for Clark, you will be voting for an LNP Government that has a plan for our economic recovery.
“Labor has no plan and no Budget for a recovery. Annastacia Palaszczuk is flying blind through the worst economic crisis in 90 years.”
Ms Frecklington said the LNP would stimulate the South-East Queensland economy with a $1billion program of congestion-building road projects, including major upgrades across Brisbane’s northside and duplication of the Sunshine Coast rail line.
The LNP’s economic plan also includes a no-new-tax guarantee, the nation-building New Bradfield Scheme and more support for Queensland-owned and operated small businesses.
“Queensland already had the highest unemployment, the highest number of bankruptcies and the lowest economic confidence when the coronavirus crisis began,” Mr Siemsen said.
“So it’s no surprise that there are now 234,000 Queenslanders looking for a job, including thousands in the Sandgate electorate.
“Only the LNP has a plan to drag us out of recession and get locals working again.”
Mr Siemsen said his other priorities for Sandgate would be reversing Labor’s rise in crime, cutting surgery waiting lists and improving education standards.
“Thanks to Labor’s soft-on-crime policies, crime has surged in Sandgate,” Mr Siemsen said.
“North Brisbane has seen an 85% increase in robberies and an 85% rise in car crime under Labor.
“The LNP will provide an extra 170 police for Brisbane and form dedicated police taskforces to tackle gang crime and car-jackings.
“The LNP will also cut crime with tough laws that ensure there are consequences for crime.
“There will be no more slaps on the wrist under an LNP Government.”
Local health services have gone backwards under Labor too, with the waiting list for surgery at the Prince Charles Hospital increasing by 28% since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.
And around 31% all ambulances are forced to wait more than 30 minutes outside the hospital’s emergency department (known as ‘ramping’) before they can off-load patients an increase of 14% since the last state election.
“Labor cannot be trusted with our health services,” Mr Siemsen said.
“An LNP Government will partner with the private sector to slash surgery waiting lists and ensure patients are seen within clinically recommended times.
“There is no point having empty beds in private hospitals when people are waiting for surgery.
“The LNP will also raise standards in our schools by getting back to basics and allowing teachers to focus on maths, science and English.
“The LNP will invest more in education and health services because we have a plan to build a stronger economy.
“Only the LNP has a plan to get Sandgate working again.”