Queensland EDITION 3, 2015
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Welcome to the latest edition of the LNP Standard, our eMagazine that focuses on the contribution and achievement of our grassroots members. The dedication and commitment of LNP members across Queensland came to the fore during the January state election with thousands volunteering their time to help in the campaign. From those who assisted local candidates with on-theground campaigning to the many who helped with administrative tasks at HQ, your Party is extremely grateful. It was that hard work and commitment displayed by so many LNP members that made the election result even more disappointing. Better communication and connection with our grassroot membership was one of the key recommendations of the Borbidge-Sheldon Review and is now a priority for your Party’s Executive. Moving forward, we must better utilise the vast talents and expertise in various fields of the LNP’s 14,000 members. The Review delivered a total of 39 recommendations to take our Party forward. Some we had already begun implementing and the Executive is working through each and every one of the rest. A more active membership base is vital to the LNP’s continued growth as the Party for all Queenslanders. With our Annual Convention in July, I encourage as many members as possible to join us for this important event. Your membership allows you to participate in the debate and discussion on policy matters and other issues that will help shape our Party, our state and our country. The LNP is now preparing for next year’s local and federal government elections. In Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has proved himself to be an outstanding leader for our capital city and I encourage members to show their support for Graham and his Council team. Preselections have commenced in federal seats and congratulations go to Ted O’Brien who was confirmed as our candidate for Fairfax with the challenge of regaining the seat from Clive Palmer. Congratulations also go to Senator Jo Lindgren who won preselection from an outstanding field of candidates to replace Brett Mason as an LNP Senator. Brett leaves the Senate with the respect of all in the LNP as well as many from the other side of politics for his professional and dedicated service to Queensland and Australia over 16 years. I hope you enjoy reading this edition of the LNP Standard and look forward to your feedback on how we can continue to improve our service to LNP members.
Bruce McIver LNP President
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President Bruce McIver, Senator Jo Lindgren and Leader Lawrence Springborg
Bruce McIver and Lawrence Springborg address the media following the release of the Borbidge-Sheldon Review
Latitudes North in Cairns
Former Ipswich West MP, Sean Choat receives his Certificate of Appreciation
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pecial tributes – David McDonell & S Ernie Ginn
7 Liberal Party Federal Council 8 2015 State Election Campaign 10 Report by State Director, Brad Henderson 12 2015 State Election Campaign 14 Report from Prime Minister, Tony Abbott 16 Thank you and farewell, former Senator the Hon. Brett Mason
18 Listening Tour – Lawrence Springborg 20 Leader’s outback tour 22 The LNP left Queensland in better shape – John Paul Langbroek
24 Meet our new MP’s 28 Around the regions 32 Your LNP 33 Graham Quirk – 30 years in local government
Young LNP – Gala Dinner Up close with the YLNP President and Quiz
36 LNP Women – Dr Theresa Craig 38 Out & About 40 Young LNP 42 Nominating a member for an award 43 LNP Hero Awards 44 Out & About 46 Dates to remember
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Special tributes Dave McDonell 1945 - 2015
Dave McDonell was a loyal and committed worker for the LNP, volunteering countless hours to election campaigns and other Party events over many years. Dave was the Chair of Mount Ommaney SEC until his death in June following a short battle with an aggressive cancer. He was a friend to all at LNP Headquarters where he was often found helping out with planning for events like Convention and the LNPâ€™s Ekka stand. Dave worked very closely with Member for Mount Ommaney, Tarnya Smith MP, to help ensure the people of the electorate knew of the great work sheâ€™s done as their local state representative. He turned 70 just a few weeks before his passing and will be sorely missed by his many friends in the LNP.
Ernie Ginn 1917 - 2015
At 97 years old, Ernie Ginn (second from right) was the oldest active volunteer in Queensland on Election Day last January. He spent a few hours manning a Hendra polling booth in Clayfield along with 91-year-old Robin Rogers. Ernie was recognised for his loyalty and service to the Party when he turned 80 back in 1998. He passed away in June shortly before what would have been his 98th birthday and will be missed by all who knew him.
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The LNP delegation to the Liberal Party Federal Council
Liberal Party 58th Federal Council Melbourne, June 27-28 The LNP is pleased to report that both of the Party’s resolutions presented to the Federal Council last month were adopted.
QUEENSLAND MOTIONS CARRIED: Northern Australia (Queensland) That Federal Council strongly endorses the Federal Government’s leadership and commitment to developing Northern Australia and: a. e ndorses the recently released White Paper as a visionary strategic direction for Northern Australia; and b. commends the Abbott Government for its $5 billion Northern Development Fund as a first step towards driving trade and investment, growth and jobs and taking advantage of the opportunity that exists for the future prosperity of all Australians in the board AsiaPacific region and Tropic Zone.
The Liberal Party Federal Council proved to be a very informative and important event for our delegates.
Freedom of Association in the Workplace (Queensland)
Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave a rousing speech on the progress the Coalition Government has made on key election pledges, particularly the economy and national security, and the plan to build on its success so far.
That Federal Council supports freedom of association of all workers by allowing them genuine choice as to who should represent them on negotiations with their employers, including:
Federal Director, Brian Loughnane, put the Party on a campaign footing and outlined the Coalition’s preparations for the coming federal election. He warned delegates to expect another highly coordinated and well funded scare campaign by Labor, its minor party and union allies as well as a raft of other third party interest groups.
a. a llowing the free and unfettered formation, maintenance, recognition and registration, if need be, of new employee and employer associations (union of employees and unions of employers); and b. ensuring that all employee and employers associations are fully transparent to their members and comply with, and are audited to, at least the prudential standards required of public companies including for the liabilities of the directors of same. lnp.org.au / 7
2015 State Election Campaign
At a glance Grassroots LNP members distinguished themselves with their commitment to the January 2015 state election campaign. Your Party thanks you. Thousands turned out across Queensland during the campaign and on Polling Day to support our local MPs and candidates.
LNP 2015 Campaign Launch
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington MP
Ashgrove Campaign launch
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Front office staff Melissa Lyon and Greta Sedl with Richie Ang and the Premier
Former Brisbane Central MP Rob Cavallucci, Senator James McGrath and former Mt Coot-tha MP, Saxon Rice
Campaign Officer, Chris Ireland
Primary vote LNP – 1,084,060 (41.32%) Labor – 983,054 (37.47%) Two-party preferred Labor – 51.1% LNP – 48.9% Seats (February, 2015) Labor – 44 LNP – 42 KAP – 2 Independent – 1
Member for Ryan Jane Prentice MP, husband Ian and volunteer Denise Schellback
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Glass House MP Andrew Powell
Toowoomba South MP Dr John McVeigh and Indooroopilly MP Scott Emerson
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When the swing is on
When the swing is on, a personal vote built up through hard work, forward planning and strong fundraising over the course of a Parliamentary term can be the difference between winning and losing. Candidate name recognition of 90% plus and net favourability of at least 20% usually adds at least three percent to a party’s generic vote. So it was in 2015 when local LNP MPs who had built high name recognition and good awareness of their track record in their electorates over the previous three years were able to withstand or reduce the swing against the Newman Government. This was also borne out in research leading up to the 2015 election, when some voters would indicate that while they were unhappy with the LNP Government’s performance, they would still vote for the local LNP MP because they had met him or her, saw them in the community and always found them approachable. Those campaigns that reached their fundraising targets and were election-ready by the Christmas 2014 deadline also experienced lower than average swings. Amongst the results were some stand-out stories of survival. In Toowoomba North, Trevor Watts again faced off against the popular former Labor MP he’d beaten in 2012, Kerry Shine. An army of unionists descended on the electorate to conduct one of the most aggressive campaigns we faced across the State. Trevor’s hard work over three years and a strong local campaign saw him hold the seat. Just up the road in Nanango, first term MP and Assistant Minister to the Premier, Deb Frecklington, earned a 4.2% swing to the LNP. Deb was the only LNP MP to achieve a swing to the Party, an achievement all the more remarkable given the vicious media campaign conducted against her by Sydney shock jock Alan Jones. Brisbane yielded heartache and heroics. While seats across the northside fell to Labor amidst more
aggressive union campaigning, Tracy Davis held Aspley and former NRL referee and first-term Housing Minister Tim Mander held Everton. Next door in Ferny Grove, Dale Shuttleworth was robbed by the inclusion of a bankrupt PUP candidate who shouldn’t have been in the field. On the southside, Steve Minnikin and Tarnya Smith fought hard to hold Chatsworth and Mount Ommaney respectively and current Shadow Attorney General Ian Walker retained Mansfield. In the Bayside seat of Redlands, Matt McEachan, who had only been preselected in early December, shook off the controversy surrounding the former Member to hold the seat for the LNP. Matt worked tirelessly from the day that local party members selected him and ran a model grassroots campaign. The Gold Coast yielded the brightest results of the campaign with the LNP making a clean sweep of every seat on the back of the Newman Government’s tough stance on law and order and strong economic management. Highlights included Sid Cramp winning back Gaven in a tough three-cornered contest against Labor and the incumbent former LNP MP, Alex Douglas. Mark Boothman is renowned for his doorknocking and three years of it paid off for the first term MP who held his seat of Albert. Long serving Lockyer MP Ian Rickuss won another tough three-cornered contest against high profile One Nation founder Pauline Hanson. The LNP’s terrific team of Sunshine Coast MPs were returned, while our candidate in Nicklin Matt Trace earned respect for his for his efforts against entrenched independent MP, Peter Wellington. Wellington’s decision to back Labor into government, despite the party having no plan and no policies sets this seat up as a prospect at the next election.
In the Wide Bay region, first term MP Stephen Bennett retained Burnett, campaign veteran Ted Sorensen held Hervey Bay and former local Deputy Mayor and new candidate Tony Perrett won well in Gympie. Going into the election Anne Maddern held Maryborough with a margin of just 0.3%. Despite a mighty effort she fell just short, suffering the smallest swing in the state of just 2%. Popular Bundaberg MP Jack Dempsey fell against the combined weight of the Labor party and a militant gang of interstate MUA members. Central and North Queensland was rough going for the LNP with Labor and the unions running highly coordinated and well-resourced campaigns. The North Queensland team of David Crisafulli, John Hathaway, Liz Schmidt and Sam Cox fought hard, as did Michael Trout, Gavin King and David Kempton in the Far North. New candidate Dale Last was elected to replace the retiring Rosemary Menkens and Jason Costigan won Whitsunday. Eight of our nine retiring MPs were successfully replaced and each are featured in this edition of The LNP Standard. A number of other MPs fell short but significantly limited the swing against the LNP to less than the 8.3% average. These included Rob Cavallucci in Brisbane Central, Aaron Dillaway in Bulimba, Ian Kaye in Greenslopes and Saxon Rice in Mount Coot-tha. While the swing against the Newman Government in many areas was too strong in 2015 and much can change between elections, there is every opportunity for the LNP to replicate what Labor achieved this time with the re-election of a number of its MPs who had been defeated in 2012.
Brad Henderson State Director
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2015 State Election Campaign
At a glance
Our Far Northern team Gavin King, Robyn Quick, David Kempton and, Michael Trout with Campbell Newman
An unprecedented number of third parties, mostly unions, swarmed on polling booths to confront voters making their way in. The Federal Government has since signalled an inquiry into the presence and behaviour of third parties at polling booths and Party Units will be invited to contribute to the LNP submission.
Singing the National Anthem at the Campaign Launch
Member for Hervey Bay, Ted Sorensen MP
Member for Redlands, Matt McEachan MP, Nicklin candidate Matt Trace with Lawrence Springborg
Member for Albert, Mark Boothman MP and Campbell Newman stop for lunch at Yatala Pies
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South Brisbane candidate, Fiona Ward, with Member for Moggill, Dr Christian Rowan MP, and his family
It took just two months for the make-up of the new 55th Parliament to change with Labor’s loss of an MP to the crossbenches Labor – 43 LNP – 42 KAP – 2 Independent - 3
Mansfield MP Ian Walker, Coomera MP Michael Crandon and Currumbin MP, Jann Stuckey
Former Pumicestone MP, Lisa France
Sam Cox talks law and order in Thuringowa
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From the Prime Minister It is always difficult for a state division in the months after an election loss. Following the defeat of the Howard Government, I wrote Battlelines and reflected on what parties must do after a defeat. The words still seem apt: “defeated political parties have no alternative but to engage in a period of soul-searching, because successful oppositions have to redefine themselves in the period before winning office. The readiness of people to discuss what a party stands for often means they are once more starting to take its prospects seriously.” I am confident that the state team under Lawrence Springborg will do exactly that and the LNP will again deliver Queensland the stable, good government it deserves. Federally, I can report that the Government is making good progress in delivering policies that will strengthen the economy and keep our country safe. From the very beginning, my Government has been working to a plan – and despite the headwinds from overseas – we are starting to see the benefits. Our plan has already made it easier for Australians to work; easier for business to compete; and easier for families to raise their standard of living.
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We inherited a weak economy, with rising unemployment, damaged business confidence and a mining boom that was coming to an end. 20 months on, there’s still much to do but there are clear signs of strength. In 2014, jobs growth was over three times the jobs growth of 2013 – with nearly 4,000 new jobs created every week. In Queensland, 26,000 more people are now in full-time work compared to six months ago. Household spending is growing at the fastest rate in almost three years and retail sales have risen for nine consecutive months. Housing approvals are up 14 per cent over the past year to near record levels. Although commodity prices are falling, export volumes are up by a strong seven per cent in the past year. Our Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan and South-Korea will further enhance this and add billions of dollars to our economy. This is good news for the Queensland mining and agricultural industries. Our $50 billion investment in infrastructure continues to deliver – and we are delivering on our promise to ‘fix the Bruce’. Recently I was in Kybong where
tenders have been called for the early works on the Cooroy to Curra Section C of the Bruce Highway upgrade. This is part of the $6.7 million commitment by the Commonwealth to bring this vital piece of infrastructure for Queensland and for Australia into the 21st century. On 12 May we handed down our second Budget. The Budget is responsible, measured and fair. Its focus is jobs, growth and opportunity. Our aim is to strengthen the Commonwealth Budget in ways that don’t damage the family budget. We have also released our small business and jobs package. We are cutting small businesses’ tax bills in ways that will stimulate investment, boost productivity, generate new jobs and make existing jobs more secure. We also want to make it easier for young people to access new jobs, and the $5 billion JobActive system is a key part of this. And we continue to keep our country safe. We’ve stopped the boats; invested $630 million in new counter-terrorism capabilities; systematically updated our national security legislation to give our agencies the power; made it more
difficult for foreign fighters and we are tackling the serious issue of ‘hate preachers’. On this front I acknowledge the efforts of Attorney-General George Brandis who is working tirelessly. My friend, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, is this year celebrating the 25th anniversary of his election to Parliament. Warren is a man of common sense, decency, compassion and patriotism. All of the key decisions of the Government are better decisions because they are shaped and guided by Warren. I thank him for his friendship and his continued service to our country. The Hon Dr Brett Mason has retired from the Senate after a decade and a half representing Queensland. I congratulate Brett on his new role as Australia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands. I thank Campbell Newman, who brought Queensland’s finances under control for all of his efforts for our Party, for Queensland and Australia. My colleagues and I are working every day to deliver jobs, growth and opportunity. We are determined to build the stronger, more prosperous Australia that everyone wants.
Hon. Tony Abbott MP Prime Minister
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Senator the Hon. Brett Mason Senator the Hon. Brett Mason retired from Federal Parliament this year after 16 years distinguished service to Queensland and Australia. Brett served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and was also a dedicated supporter of LNP members and events. We wish him well in his new role as Ambassador to The Netherlands Well – it is goodbye! Yes – I am sad to go but ever so grateful that you gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. My only hope is that I did not let you down.
Affairs in the Abbott Government. The opportunity to represent my country in Foreign Affairs was without doubt the most enjoyable job I’ve had thus far in my life.
It has always been an honour and a privilege to serve in the Senate and to represent the great state of Queensland. My thanks goes to those who gave me a chance when few did, starting with former Liberal Party president Bob Carroll, all the way through to LNP president Bruce McIver.
The perhaps defining moment of my career came in late 2009 over the issue of the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). During this debate Kevin Rudd wanted to rush through the biggest, most far-reaching tax in our nation’s history. With the LNP membership taking a leading role, I took a strong stance against the ETS as I saw it as a tax that would cost jobs and reduce economic the opportunities for the people of Queensland. I never saw the ETS as ever having anything to do with the environment, but everything to do with Kevin Rudd’s bloated moral vanity. At the time I was told by many in the media that I was wrong. However, fortunately I chose to listen to the people of Queensland and not the Canberra Press Gallery. I, along with Senators Mitch Fifield and Mathias Cormann, were the first to resign from the then Shadow Frontbench over the policy. It was also during this time that I crossed the floor for the only time in my career. At the time the Liberal Party Primary vote was 30%. With the change in policy and leadership it jumped by 10% - to 40% - in 10 weeks. The Shadow Cabinet got it totally wrong, but the LNP
From the very beginning I have been very lucky to have the greatest possible support from the Young Libs and then the Young Liberal National Party, and also the student clubs from Matt Boland and Gerard Paynter through to Rod Schneider, Ben Riley, Hermann Vorster and Luke Barnes. But my biggest thanks must go to all those LNP members North, South, East and West in Queensland who have given me tremendous support throughout my career. This is a debt that I quite simply can never repay. I won my first preselection for the then Liberal Party ticket in 1999 by one vote – the rest as they say is history. I was fortunate enough to hold two portfolios throughout my career. Firstly, in the Howard Government as the Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing; and secondly as the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign
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membership got it totally right. Indeed, from likely annihilation in 2009, the Coalition nearly won in August in 2010 and no one predicted this but you, the members. If we had not changed our ETS policy we would still be in opposition. I always tried to be Queensland’s representative in Canberra and not Canberra’s representative in Queensland. I hope I achieved this on this issue. I would be dishonest if I said I do not worry about the future of our country and the challenges that confront us. If we want a nation of achievers not failures; of lifters not leaners; of doers and not doubters then we must battle for our country’s future. There will be no monuments or Mount Rushmores for those who seek to pay off debt and deliver balanced budgets. It is a real challenge, but it is a challenge that our nation must confront. To my former colleagues, we lose this battle not when we lose an election, but when we simply give up. A new career with sunlit uplands beckons. I will endeavour to stay in touch with all of you and maintain all the friendships I have gained over the years with LNP members. You gave me the honour and the privilege to serve and thanks to your friendship that privilege was also a great pleasure. Best of luck to the Party and to you all.
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Listening Tour Less than six weeks after the 2015 State Election, Deputy Leader John-Paul Langbroek and I embarked on the first of what will be many regional ‘listening tours’. We took two days to sit down with both supporters and detractors in the Far North region. Accompanied by the Shadow Assistant Minister for North Queensland Jason Costigan, we travelled throughout the suburbs of Cairns and the Tablelands, meeting business leaders, tourism operators, not for profit organisations, volunteers and the LNP faithful. This ‘listening tour’ was vital for a number of reasons. One of those was to thank the people of Far North Queensland who supported us. We must not forget more than one million Queenslanders actually voted for the LNP, more than any other party. It was also an opportunity to listen to the disappointments amongst the people. Whilst there was widespread recognition the LNP did much to repair the damage that it inherited, people didn’t necessarily like the attitude of government and that’s what we have to recognise and ensure we address now and into the future. The other thing to remember is that much of what we did is still supported by many people throughout the state. Our achievements in health, education, tourism, infrastructure and in financial management are to be applauded. Much of what we laid down is still very much in place and we want to hear from people throughout Queensland the things that they liked, the things they want us to actually change, and the things they want us to jettison. It is a very close Parliament, and we want to be an opposition that is going to be constructive, positive and will keep the government to account. Labor attained Government without a plan and continue to make it up as they go. They are inexperienced and a lot of Queenslanders are asking what they going to do.
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That’s a big part of our focus. It is going to be about keeping the government to account and not necessarily opposing for the sake of opposing in the traditional way an opposition is seen. To do that we have to listen to Queensland and find out what it is they want. It is vital we sit down not only with our wonderful party supporters but also those people we need to convince to continue to back us while we sit on the other side of the parliament. Local business owners in Palm Cove, tourism operators in Port Douglas, small business owners in Mossman, farmers and volunteer fire fighters in Mareeba, hoteliers in Kuranda and organisations throughout Cairns and its suburbs all provided invaluable feedback into what we did well and what we need to do better. It is important people in Far North Queensland know they are able to discuss their concerns openly and honestly with both my team and myself and we accept both the widespread recognition of the good work we did and the echoes of dissatisfaction. Also evident was a feeling that people in Far North Queensland constantly feel alienated from the power and authority in Brisbane, I assured them all their concerns would be considered as we set a solid policy agenda. Jason Costigan has a vital role in this. We will constantly travel throughout Queensland reminding everyone asset leases are dead and buried under the LNP and we will work tirelessly on being a constructive, positive and effective Opposition. Only by being an effective Opposition can we become an effective government, and that must be our ultimate goal.
Lawrence Springborg MP
State Parliamentary Leader of the LNP
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Leader’s outback tour The Queensland drought now covers a record 80 per cent of the state. In Opposition the LNP is maintaining pressure on the government do maintain assistance and is also calling on all Queenslanders to do whatever they can. The devastation in drought hit communities has been the focus of a trip to the Longreach region by LNP Leader Lawrence Springborg. Joined by Shadow Agriculture Minister Deb Frecklington and Member for Gregory, Lachlan Millar, Lawrence spent two days meeting farmers, small business owners, tourist operators and local government representatives in the Longreach region. “With more than 70% of the state now drought declared it is vital to hear first-hand from those suffering in these dire times. We want the people of Queensland to be aware of what’s going on and we want to show the people of Longreach that people in positions of authority are keen to help” Mr Springborg said. Coincidentally, on a visit to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Mr Springborg met up with two Killarney locals on a donation run to the town. The growing impact of the Big Dry became abundantly clear when the LNP group visited Lorne station, the Beaconsfield property and the Ernestina Wool Shed. “I’ve seen some people with the capacity for 14,000 sheep, who are down to 3,000 sheep and are still de-stocking. Some have totally de-stocked. Then they’re wondering if they’re going to be able to buy that stock back when the drought is finished.” Mr Springborg said. The Brook, Thomas and Walker families, like so many others, told of their daily struggle. The need for better targeted relief, taxation reform, 20 / lnp.org.au
fencing and irrigation concerns, were among the issues canvassed. A heartening moment was hearing changes the former LNP Government had made to freehold and leasehold laws which made a big difference and were much appreciated. The trip coincided with Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce indicating the Commonwealth will provide extra assistance to drought communities like Longreach, in funding “shovel-ready” capital works projects. Deb said the feedback on that from local businesses and farmers was positive. “They told us that will give them a sense of hope and optimism. These projects could make a real difference now and when the drought does eventually break.” Ms Frecklington said. Meeting local businesses including Ian Harris at Centwest Engineering, reinforced the drought is hurting small business. Lawrence made the point in a series of interviews about the trip, that cash is the best way to help. Lachlan also used the media focus to encourage Queenslanders to visit the region and inject some much-needed tourist dollars into the local economy. “The best way to help our community get through this is for Queenslanders to take a holiday and visit the Longreach region. We may be in the grip of drought but our hospitality is legendary and is flowing.” Mr Millar said. The LNP team said it was a privilege to be taken into the homes and lives of Longreach locals.
With Shadow Agriculture Minister, Deb Frecklington MP
Touring a drought-affected property with our new Member for Gregory, Lachlan Millar MP
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The LNP Government has left a proud legacy to Queensland Too much too soon, and not bringing the people of Queensland with us were some of the mistakes identified by the LNP Borbidge-Sheldon Review. We have listened and we are acting. But as Deputy Leader John-Paul Langbroek writes, the LNP left Queensland in better shape across all fields. The LNP received a message from the people of Queensland on the night of January 31, and whilst the election result was disappointing, what isn’t is the record of the LNP Government.
In the area of health, by delivering better management strategies and redirecting millions of dollars to frontline health services, fewer Queenslanders were waiting for life saving surgery.
better plan for student growth.
The LNP achieved much over the past three years and it is evident by these achievements that we offer a competent and experienced alternative government.
By redesigning clinical services the LNP was able to break through barriers to better health care including dental care. Up to 100,000 dental vouchers were provided to patients in order to have their teeth done and there was a significant investment in additional dental chairs in places like Wide Bay, metro south and right throughout Queensland that increased our public dental capacity and abolished dental long wait lists.
The LNP’s significant changes in law and order made a real difference also. There was a genuine change in the sense of well-being for people on the Gold Coast who had a felt that others had taken over their city.
The LNP got on with the job of delivering major infrastructure by committing to: • $1 billion upgrade the Bruce Highway; • $1.6 billion contribution in conjunction with the federal government into the Toowoomba second range crossing; • $1.5 billion commitment in conjunction with the federal government into the Gateway upgrade north project; • $460 million into the upgrade of the Bruce Highway near Gympie; • building 10 new schools; • starting the contract for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital; • delivering the government wireless network worth $450 million and • $4.4 billion into the new generation rolling-stock project to deliver 75 six-car trains.
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In education and training we filled what was a bare cupboard with opportunities and progress. We cleared a $300 million maintenance backlog, revitalising schools the length and breadth of the State. By introducing Australia’s first ‘great results guarantee’, we didn’t dictate how money would be spent but rather gave schools the opportunity to spend the money the way they saw fit in order to improve results. We care about outcomes not processes. We also initiated Queensland’s first ever planning process working with non-state sectors, government departments and local councils to
Additionally we turned our TAFE centres from aging, crumbling relics to establishments that came to life with occupancy rates from 60%-90%.
It was not just bikie gangs; there were other nefarious people too who were basically responsible for and often associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs, tattoo parlours and massage parlours. There is no doubt that under the LNP, people especially on the Gold Coast, felt a lot safer. In recent weeks we have seen those laws tested both in the courts and on the streets. It remains to be seen if Labor will wind back these law and order provisions. The LNP also recognised the value of supporting Arts, IT and Science. We not only tripled Arts Qld supported performances in rural and regional Queensland but the introduction of the SuperStar Fund meant Queensland experienced the world’s best performances. The QTC’s Macbeth was the best-selling show in 21 years and Queensland Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet the bestselling show in over 50 years.
In the area of IT, 160 new government services went on-line as part of our One Stop Shop programme. We delivered the big commitments like more than $72.4 million to deliver a wireless network to connect thousands of police, ambulance, fire and emergency officers to one secure digital network. At the same time we recognised the importance of an early literacy program with public libraries in regional Queensland benefitting from an initiative to help mums, dads and caregivers to read with children to improve future learning. In the area of science the LNP contributed $42 million to allow the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine to proceed with campuses in Townsville, Cairns and Thursday Island (matched by the Abbott Government) and contributed $9 million to dementia research through the Queensland Brain Institute (matched by the Abbott Government). Our $8.75 million Accelerate programmes supported scientific researchers, university, corporate collaborations and ventures on the verge of commercialisation. The LNP delivered responsible Government and carefully balanced the needs of the State with the expenses in education, health and transport. While working with big business we helped deliver for small business. By not introducing or raising any new taxes
or reducing services we delivered for Queensland. We worked hard and made real progress and it is unfortunate we wonâ€™t have the opportunity to build on those gains. In opposition though we are committed to holding the Palaszczuk Government to account. It is unfortunate this Labor Government appears to be more interested in reviewing than doing. This is an inexperienced Government not ready to take on its role. As an opposition in the caretaker period they failed to seek briefings; there were none sought in the portfolios of Health, State Development, Transport, Premier or Treasury. It does not matter how far away you believe you are from forming government; there is an obligation to make sure that you properly inform yourself. The Labor Government didnâ€™t expect to win which is why they are not capable of governing responsibly. On the other hand, the LNP is an experienced, competent Opposition that will be ready, willing and able to take the reins when the opportunity presents itself.
John-Paul Langbroek MP Deputy Leader of the LNP
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Meet the eight new LNP MPs One of the positive outcomes from the state election for the LNP was the introduction of eight new MPs to our parliamentary ranks. This included six seats in which the LNP successfully transitioned new Members to replace retiring MPs. We regained two others seats which had been were to the cross benches following defections by previous Members. The introduction of new blood is important to bring new energy and fresh ideas to our LNP team as we move forward.
Tony Perrett - Gympie Tony Perrett replaced the retiring David Gibson as the LNP Member for Gympie. Tony enters State Parliament following a distinguished career in local government having served as Councillor and Deputy Mayor with the Gympie Regional Council. His background has given him a great understanding of the important issues facing the people of Gympie. Like many regional cities, job creation, particularly for young people, is a priority.
Dale Last - Burdekin Dale Last replaced the popular Rosemary Menkens who retired after 10 years as the Member for Burdekin. Dale grew up in the region with a family background in the sugar and cattle industries. He served as a local police officer for 25 years and is a former Councillor and Deputy Mayor with the Townsville City Council, which strengthened his understanding of the issues important to the people in his electorate. Prior to entering State Parliament, Dale was a Regional Manager of an Employment Services firm and as an MP, job creation for regional Queensland is a top priority.
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Member for Gregory, Lachlan Millar MP with Senator Barry O’Sullivan (centre)
Sid Cramp - Gaven Sid Cramp won the seat of Gaven from Alex Douglas who betrayed his electorate by defecting from the LNP to become PUP leader, then an Independent.
Matt McEachan - Redlands
Sid was a senior Queensland Ambulance Communications Officer before deciding to stand as an LNP candidate. He was awarded a 2010 Australia Day Achievement Medallion for “outstanding leadership and development of staff.”
Matt McEachan is a Redlands boy through and through who attracted plenty of positive attention with his “campaign tinnie” as he fought hard to win the seat in January.
Sid, together with his wife Danielle and three children who attend local schools and sporting clubs, have strong ties to the Gaven electorate. Law and order issues along with jobs were two of the key issues Sid campaigned on.
Matt proudly boasts his great great grandfather drove the first train from Cleveland to Brisbane in 1889.
Ann Leahy - Warrego Ann Leahy was elected the new LNP Member for Warrego to replace another long-serving MP, Howard Hobbs. Ann is passionate about rural and regional Queensland having spent many years living and working on her family’s sheep and wool property. She has spent two decades travelling and working in the Warrego electorate and has developed a strong connection to the people and the issues that are important to them.
Matt was a local small business owner and, with a young daughter is passionate about local education and health services. He is involved with several local community and sporting group and is already proving to be a very hardworking local MP.
In addition to her new role, Ann is actively involved in community services, including the Zonta and Turf Clubs and Show Society.
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Dr Christian Rowan - Moggill Christian Rowan and his wife Jane both grew up in the electorate of Moggill and are now raising their own family there. Christian is a highly qualified and respected medical doctor who served as President of the Australian Medical Association Queensland and is a Past President of Rural Doctors Association of Queensland. He has a keen interest in a wide range of public policy areas including health. Prior to entering parliament, Christian was a member of two LNP Policy Committees and been an active member of the Party over many years.
Pat Weir - Condamine Pat Weir is our new MP for Condamine after Ray Hopper first defected to KAP and then abandoned the region again to contest a different seat. Pat has a strong background in agriculture having farmed a property at Cecil Plains on the central Darling Downs producing grain and cotton. His electorate is the focus of the burgeoning coal seam gas industry. Pat campaigned strongly on the LNP Governmentâ€™s policy that struck the right balance between this new industry and the rights of local landholders and achieved a comprehensive win. Pat has also been a loyal and long-serving strong contributor to the LNP and was the South West Region Chair before running as a candidate.
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Lachlan Millar - Gregory Lachlan Millar is the new LNP Member for Gregory. Lachlan Millar has big shoes to fill replacing the long-serving Vaughan Johnson who retired in January 2015. The opportunity to stand as the LNP candidate for Gregory gave Lachlan and his family the chance to return home and represent the region he grew up in and loves. As a former rural reporter, Lachlan has maintained a strong interest in issues affecting regional Queensland, especially those on the land. He also served as Media Adviser to Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, John McVeigh, in the previous LNP Government.
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Around the Regions
Member for Toowoomba North, Trevor Watts MP
Leading in to the 2015 State Election the South West started with six out the seven seats held by the LNP and have retained that number - but unfortunately we have lost Ipswich West and with that our hardworking former member Sean Choat. We did secure a crucial victory in Condamine, returning the seat to the only party that represents the interest of the electorate.
SOUTH WEST STATE SEATS
Condamine Ipswich West Lockyer Southern Downs Toowoomba North Toowoomba South Warrego
We successfully transitioned Ann Leahy to secure the future of Warrego communities.
FEDERAL SEATS Blair Groom Maranoa
But we sadly said goodbye to our long standing MP Howard Hobbs who bows out to a much quieter life in retirement. John McVeigh and Lawrence Springborg retained their seats comfortably but we had some anxious times for Trevor Watts and Ian Rickuss who fended off strong opponents in Kerry Shine and Pauline Hanson. While we saw swings against us across the Region we still have returned a strong presence from our region into the parliamentary wing of the LNP. With Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Science, Information Technology and Innovation and Opposition Whip hailing from the South West we also have a strong presence in the leadership of the party. On behalf of the region I congratulate all our MPs on the election to the 55th Qld Parliament. But I must importantly acknowledge the tireless effort of the LNP membership who assisted in the campaign, putting in countless hours volunteering to ensure their Member or candidate won or retained the seat.
Cameron Oâ€™Neil South West Region Chair
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Without your support the outcome in individual seats could have been very different. The grassroots of our party is what makes us a success and something that is paramount to our future successes.
Member for Mansfield, Ian Walker MP
The Brisbane South Region has been focused in recent months on the follow up to the Queensland election and what we need to do to support our Party membership in regaining momentum and the initiatives required to build towards the next local, federal and state elections. Following on from the recent State Election we took the opportunity on behalf of the Brisbane South Regional Executive Team to say a very sincere thank you to all our MPs, candidates, members, supporters and friends, adding to the messages from our Party President Bruce McIver and Former Premier Campbell Newman.
BRISBANE SOUTH STATE SEATS Algester Capalaba Chatsworth Cleveland Logan Lytton Mansfield Redlands Springwood
Stretton Sunnybank Woodridge Yeerongpilly
FEDERAL SEATS Bonner Bowman Moreton Rankin
A Special Regional Meeting was held on Thursday 12 March with the State President, State Director and Parliamentary Leaders in attendance to address the Region on the Election, the result and plans going forward. About 200 members attended this meeting. The Region has had a strong input into the Campaign Review as initiated by the LNP with many submissions being presented to the Review Committee. Now we look forward to hearing back on what was identified, recommended and the actions to be taken to prepare us for the future. We would also like to pass on our support to our State Parliamentary team under the leadership of Lawrence Springborg and do what we can to support them all in their efforts to win back Government in Queensland. We are now supporting the efforts of our Lord Mayor Cr Graham Quirk and his team as they prepare for the next Brisbane City Council election in early 2016. Membership numbers are slowly increasing in the Region and a Regional Policy Forum was held in May to review the policy input and resolutions for the State Convention. In May a meeting of the LNP State Council was held for the preselection of the casual vacancy in the Senate following Senator Brett Masonâ€™s retirement from the Senate. Joanna Lindgren was selected to fill the position. I know we all thank Senator Mason for his contribution to the LNP and Queensland; he is a great representative, a great person and will be sorely missed.
Nicholas Monsour Brisbane South Regional Chair
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Around the Regions Member for Southport, Rob Molhoek MP
Of the 12 state seats that make up the Gold Coast Region, the LNP held 11 of these prior to the election and emerged holding 11 after the election. This result can be partly attributed to the fact that Gold Coast voters were in a position to appreciate the positive impact that the VLAD laws have had on the community and could also see the benefit of the LNP’s proposed job-creating infrastructure projects. It was great to see Sid Cramp secure victory in Gaven and win back that seat for the LNP but disappointing to see Michael Latter lose in Waterford which the LNP secured in 2012 with a slim margin of only1%. Despite the disappointing result across the state, the efforts of the many Gold Coast LNP members and supporters in helping out during the pre-polling period and on Election Day must be acknowledged, and this was a major factor in securing the outcome that we did. I particularly want to acknowledge the tremendous effort that the Young LNP put into securing the win in Gaven and in many other seats across the Region.
GOLD COAST STATE SEATS
Albert Beaudesert Broadwater Burleigh Coomera Currumbin Gaven Mermaid Beach Mudgeeraba
Southport Surfers Paradise Waterford
FEDERAL SEATS Fadden Forde McPherson Moncrieff Wright
Viv Grayson Gold Coast Region Chair
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The Gold Coast Region’s post election review meeting was held on 8 March. President Bruce McIver, Vice-president Gary Spence, State Director Brad Henderson and Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek were all in attendance as were a number of our state and federal parliamentarians. LNP members appreciated the opportunity to voice their opinions on the outcome of the election and to ask question of the executive. A number of Gold Coast Party Units and individuals have made submissions to the review committee. On behalf of the Gold Coast Region, I pass on my congratulations to the new LNP leader Lawrence Springborg and to the Gold Coast’s John-Paul Langbroek as his deputy. Congratulations also to Jann Stuckey, Rob Molhoek and Ray Stevens for their election into the Shadow Ministry and leadership team. Our Gold Coast MPs now hold over 25% of the LNP’s 42 seats in the new Queensland parliament and in John-Paul as deputy leader, we have a very worthy and capable representative for both the Region and the Party. On the Federal scene, I also take this opportunity to congratulate Karen Andrews, on her promotion to the Ministry as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science. Congratulations are also due to Steven Ciobo who has taken on an expanded role in the Ministry as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment. Whilst our attention is still focused on how the state parliamentary situation will evolve over coming weeks and months, it is also vitally important that LNP members get behind our federal parliamentarians to ensure that we are ready for the next federal election whenever that may be.
Member for Everton, Tim Mander MP
BRISBANE NORTH STATE SEATS Aspley Clayfield Everton Ferny Grove Kallangur Murrumba Nudgee Redcliffe
Pine Rivers Sandgate Stafford
FEDERAL SEATS Dickson Lilley Petrie
Bob Andersen Brisbane North Region Chair
The beginning of 2015 saw us fighting what the Premier billed â€œthe most important election in a generation: a choice between locking in the progress or turning back to the same failures of the pastâ€?. In the end the result across the state fell somewhere in the middle, with Labor able to eventually form a shaky minority government with the support of some very dubious individuals. I trust that each and every member in the Brisbane North Region understands that this means two things: 1) we are extremely close to forming government and 2) this does not necessarily mean it will come easily! The results here in the Brisbane North Region were disappointing. After the 2012 election we held every seat in our region, we lost two seats at by-elections and a further six at the general election. However, nobody could say that Big Trev, Reg, Seath, Dale, Jason or Kerry went down without putting up a good show, and there were many loyal supporters who battled on valiantly with them until 6pm on polling day. Support was equally strong for Kerri-Anne and myself in our attempts to win back seats lost in by-elections, and for those who supported our re-elected members Tim Nicholls, Tim Mander and Tracy Davis. The hard work of many members was recognised when over 20 of them were inaugurated as LNP Heroes at our Regional Meeting last month. Once again I encourage all members to become engaged in the Party to the maximum extent of their capacity and in accordance with their own interests, whether it be as a campaigner, in policy, as a fundraiser, taking on a role in the organisation, or even as a candidate. As a grass-roots volunteer organisation we rely absolutely on the contribution of our members for our success and I sincerely thank you for all your past and future hard work. We have done it before and together we can be successful again in the future!
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Two Queensland federal MPs celebrated 25 years in Parliament in March. Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Wide Bay, Hon Warren Truss, and Member for Maranoa, Hon Bruce Scott, were honoured by some of their federal colleagues, include the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, to mark the occasion.
Enid Dowling Bursary The Enid Dowling Foundation prepares the youth of today to be tomorrow’s leaders, contributing to public service and professional life. The Foundation provides an annual Bursary to a successful applicant to achieve higher learnings or skills within Australia or internationally. The recipients of the 2014 Bursary were Jack Piggott and Margaret Forrest. Jack has just returned from a tour of the United States. The recipients of the 2015 Bursary will be named at the LNP Annual Convention. Young, committed and motivated LNP Members, aged between 21 and 31, can apply and compete for this significant opportunity when the Foundation calls for applications on 1 February each year. For information about the Enid Dowling Foundation, visit eniddowlingfoundation.com.au
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MEET THE STAFF
Left to right: Stephanie Heath, Martine Menerey and Natalie Willacy
The LNP’s Corporate Team are our frontline for business engagement, bringing together policy makers and business leaders for strategic and innovative dialogue. A keen interest in politics led Martine to join the LNP in 2013. Martine was raised and educated in Brisbane and has spent most of her working life in the architecture industry. Martine started as the LNP’s Corporate Services Manager in April taking over from Jude Bailey and is enjoying the challenges of her new role. Steph is an active member of the Young LNP and former Chairman of the Greenslopes LNP Branch. A Glasson Gladiator, Steph is often spotted campaigning at dawn. She loves crime shows and a nice drop of pinot grigio.
The vivacious Natalie keeps the office motivated with her sensational wit and provides a firm administrative foundation for the Corporate Services team. Nat loves “Jazz-ercise” and boxing and is a veritable encyclopaedia of the best food in Brisbane.
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30 years in local government You donâ€™t survive 30 years in politics without drive, determination and commitment and Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is proof of that. Over 1,000 people from across south-east Queensland gathered at a gala function in Brisbane on April 28 to celebrate the significant milestone and pay tribute to a remarkable man. Graham was praised for his passion for the job, his many achievements and his tireless commitment as Lord Mayor, to work for a better Brisbane. The LNP has endorsed Graham Quirk to contest the Lord Mayoral election again next year.
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Come visit us at the Ekka this year! Friday 7 - Sunday 16 August 2015 The Royal Queensland Show, or the Ekka as it’s most commonly known, is Queensland’s largest annual event. Held over ten full days, the Ekka showcases life and achievements in the Sunshine State, bringing visitors from all across Queensland and Australia to the heart of Brisbane. The LNP will again host it’s stand and we invite you to visit. For more info visit www.ekka.com.au
Up close with Jack Piggott The best thing about being a YLNP members is...The camaraderie built up throughout the year, from Mock Parliament to our Rugby Day and Convention to name but a few. The person I admire most is...My dad - he works bloody hard and keeps his chin up even when it’s bone dry at home. One day I want to…Finish my pilot’s licence. When I’m not volunteering for the Party I’m…Usually reading non-fiction, everything from research articles to books. At the moment it’s Thatcher’s memoirs, the Downing Street Years. I couldn’t live without…Google Calendar - my whole life is in there! I’m afraid of...Intergenerational public debt and snakes. An odd combination, I know, but that about sums it up. I never leave home without…Charging my phone, there is nothing worse than running out of juice in the middle of a busy day.
Questions without notice 1. New LNP Senator Jo Lindgren is the grandniece of which wellknown former Queensland politician?
2. Who did Senator Lindgren replace? 3. A daylight saving trial in Queensland began in what year? 4. The Bruce Highway between Brisbane and Cairns is undergoing a major upgrade thanks to the Abbott Government’s Infrastructure program. In what year was the Highway first completed? 5. In 1968 Queensland had four Premiers. Name them. 6. Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk recently celebrated how many years in local government? 7. Queensland Council elections will be held on 19 March next year. How long are local government terms? 8. Birdsville is in which Queensland state electorate? 9. Who replaced Vaughan Johnson as the Member for Gregory? 10. The LNP heads into next year’s federal election holding how many seats in Queensland? Answers page 46
The song I have on repeat right now is… Shut up and Dance by Walk the Moon My signature dish is…Apricot chicken with rice, it’s super simple and always tasty. The YLNP movement in three words... Freedom, friends and forward-thinking.
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LNP Women’s Report If you were to have asked me three months ago what the landscape of our State Government would look like, I would have articulated something very different than what we currently see. However it is testament to the LNP membership and its core values to still be sitting in a position where we can find much to celebrate. Through every adversary comes an equal or greater benefit and it has been a privilege to see the women of the LNP stand with heads held high for the valiant contribution they all made in supporting the State Election leading up to and on the 31st January. Although emotions ran high for all with the disappointing results. The LNP Women have rallied to continue on with many great events and initiatives, including the International Women’s Day luncheon on the 6 March 2015. We received much exposure for our choice to intentionally partner with Brisbane City’s Tattersall’s Club, and no one could have surmised it better than our very own Prime Minister where in Federal Parliament he SAID “the LNP are smashing the glass ceiling for women”. We have always continued to focus
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on the LNP’s core values in creating opportunities for political participation and this is why over the last couple of months we have had insightful contributions and deliberations on submissions for potential Constitutional amendments that will be presented at the 2015 LNP Convention. We have also recently been pursuing expressions of interest from the women of the LNP to join policy committees of their industry experience. Recently, the Party President extended the opportunity to me to join a Federal Liberal task force to address the issues of female participation in politics. This is a high priority for our government and leaders as we can all appreciate that from diversity comes depth in decision making. I have had the privilege of attending women’s AGM’s around the state and it is so nice to see a combination of experience and new faces taking the lead in the different regions. I will continue to attend as many as possible although. It has been a big few months for the women of the LNP and I am so very proud to be partnering with so many passionate, capable and forward thinking members. This is why we are
not slowing down but looking forward. We already have preparations for our LNP Women Conference for 2015 which will be held on the 9 July 2015 at the Brisbane Convention Centre. We had members attend The Nationals’ Women’s Federal Council Conference in Alice Springs on 9-10 May and we will keep members up to date with other activities and events being planned including a High Tea at the EKKA to connect with some of the regional visitors, the Irene Longman Dinner and numerous network and training events. I would just like to conclude by giving honour to some of our longstanding and significant leaders with an impressive milestone of 25 years of service including the Hon Warren Truss MP, Bruce Scott MP and Senator Ian MacDonald. It would be remiss of me to not also take the opportunity to thank Senator Brett Mason for his invaluable contribution. Your fingerprints have been well and truly etched in the arena of the Senate.
Dr Theresa Craig
LNP Women’s President
Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson MP and LNP Women President, Dr Theresa Craig
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Out & About Former Senator the Hon Brett Mason with Senator Barry Oâ€™Sullivan
Member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett MP
Member for Groom, Hon. Ian Macfarlane MP with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk
Senator Jo Lindgren and Member for Burdekin, Dale Last MP
Member for Maroochydore, Fiona Simpson MP
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South West Region secretary Kylie Fuelling & South West Chair Cameron Oâ€™Neil handing out how to votes in Condamine
Former Bundaberg MP, Jack Dempsey
Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington MP
Deputy Leader John-Paul Langbroek addresses Latitudes North in Cairns
Some of our Gold Coast MPs
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Young LNP Report Letterbox dropping in Pumicestone
State Election The Young LNP made an outstanding contribution to the 2015 Queensland State Election. Our famous Young LNP Flying Squad visited over 30 seats around the State, supporting our LNP MPs and Candidates. The energy, commitment and determination shown by our Members through the campaign was at an all-time high. From the Cape to Coolangatta and everywhere in between we made a contribution to the LNP vote. Whilst the result was beyond devastating, we know we made a difference. For the months and weeks leading up the polling day our members put in hour after hour of their time to help secure a better future for Queensland. The early mornings, late nights, days off work and missed lectures show the unwavering dedication of our members. On behalf of the Young LNP, I pay tribute to Campbell Newman and those LNP candidates who weren’t successful. Queensland is a far better place today than it was three years ago thanks to the reforms and hard work of the Newman Government. To the LNP Members who now sit in Opposition in the Parliament, we look forward to working alongside you to make sure we return good Government to Queensland as soon as possible. The Young LNP stands ready to support our LNP members led by Lawrence and John-Paul in any way that’s needed. There are obviously lessons to be learnt from the campaign and the result, but one thing is clear, the Young LNP is a crucial component of our campaign strategy and an invaluable resource and campaign force. To all the Young LNP members who contributed, I say thank you. I know everyone is ready to do it all over again.
YLNP members join the “Protest Your Privacy at Work” campaign
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Policy & Development
Member for Broadwater, Verity Barton MP
The Young LNP recently held our Policy and Development day at HQ. With over 30 members in attendance and 10 presenters through the day, to say it was a success is an understatement. The feedback has been particularly positive and we are looking forward to making this an annual event. Presenters included former senior LNP Government staff from both the Howard and Newman Governments, policy committee chairs, business leaders and party officials. Young LNP members were given an even greater insight into policy formulation and the politics behind it. Our thanks to the Policy Standing Committee and Agenda Committee members for their support and guidance and of course to LNPHQ for hosting this event.
Luke Barnes, Senator Ian Macdonald with wife, Lesley
YLNP Past Presidents and Life Members Cocktails The Young LNP recently had the pleasure of hosting our biennial Past Presidents & Life Members Cocktails at The Hilton Hotel. Every second year we come together and pay tribute to those members who have built the movement into the strong organisation it is today. We gather and thank those who have led the organisation in the role of President in years past and also those who have had the privileged of being awarded Life Membership. In attendance were former and current Members of Parliament and Senators, Councillors, senior advisers to the Abbott Government, business leaders and people from all walks of life. To all those former Presidents and Life Members who travelled so far to be with us, a big thank you. To all our Young LNP members who attended on the night and were able to meet some of those people who were leading the Young Liberals and Young Nationals long before they even thought about politics, thank you for coming along - it was a fantastic evening! At the YLNP Convention Jack Piggott was elected President and Mitchell Collier Vice-President
Luke Barnes, Young Liberal President Simon Breheny and new Young LNP President Jack Piggott
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Nominating a member for an award An Award is the highest honour that the Liberal National Party can bestow on a party member.
The LNP Constitution provides that the State Executive may acknowledge any member who has rendered service warranting recognition with an Honorary Life Membership or other award. The Awards Committee is appointed to assess the merits of each nomination, with the decision to accept a nomination at the discretion of the Committee. When submitting a nomination form, there are a number of mandatory requirements: 1. N ominees must meet the minimum requirements of the applicable award criteria (see below). 2. All questions in the nomination form must be answered. 3. N ominations must be supported by a Party Unit and individual testimony from three (3) Party members.
Honorary Life Membership
Outstanding Service Award
Honorary Life Membership is the Party’s highest award. Candidates for Honorary Life Membership must satisfy the following criteria through:
The criteria for the Outstanding Service Award should reflect the highest standards of Party membership. Nominees should be those who have made, or continue to make, an outstanding contribution to the success of the Liberal National Party.
• Long and dedicated service to the Party, above and beyond what could normally be expected;
Candidates for the Outstanding Service Award must satisfy the following criteria through:
• A major influence on the development, direction and achievements of the Party; • A significant and recognised contribution to the Party by way of leadership, innovation, policy direction, political thought or administration; • Epitomising the values and philosophy of the Liberal National Party. Given the evaluation criteria reflect the Party’s highest standards, usually no more than one Honorary Life Membership per year will normally be given.
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•A ctive and tireless service for the Party at Branch, SEC, FDC, Region, Committee or Executive level over a period of many years; •A significant personal contribution to the Party’s development through member recruitment, policy development, fundraising, campaigning and the like; •D emonstrated continuous active involvement in Election Campaigns, Annual Conventions, State Councils and/or Party Committees above and beyond what could normally be expected; •E pitomising the values and philosophy of the Liberal National Party. The Outstanding Service Award is given more frequently than Honorary Life Membership but is still given on a restricted basis; normally not more than three or four per year.
More information can be found on the LNP website lnp.org.au
LNP Hero Awards They are the ordinary members that do extraordinary things. They are the members that reflect the LNP’s culture. They are the real LNP Heroes. Jen Tunley (South West Region)
Mirani candidate, John Kerslake
The LNP has many members that work extraordinarily hard for the Party. Typically they are the members who just go about their business without fanfare or any thought of acknowledgment. They may be the members that attend every Party meeting and always have a hot drink or a snack for their fellow members, through to the members that volunteer their time during every campaign. It is the fact that these members go out of their way to contribute to the maintenance, growth and well-being of the LNP that makes them special.
Every quarter we’ll publish a list of the LNP Heroes in an LNP Heroes email newsletter. LNP Heroes will also receive a certificate signed by the LNP President and a special badge recognising them as an LNP Hero. So nominate an LNP Hero today and let us celebrate the members that make a difference.
Do you know someone who should be nominated as an LNP Hero? More information can be found at heroes.lnp.org.au
Note of thanks Just a short note to say thank you for awarding me the status of LNP hero on Wednesday evening. I had no idea it was on the agenda and I was quite (pleasantly) taken by surprise; in fact, stunned and speechless which is unusual for me. Let me add that although we were totally overwhelmed by Labor and the unions in Pine Rivers and though left bruised and battered, we are far from broken. In fact, it was a privilege to be associated with and serve such a fine party and its members. That in itself is reward enough for me. Wednesday’s meeting was very cathartic for all concerned; a ‘Balm from Gilead’ you might say and a return from ‘Avalon’. Looking around the room on Wednesday evening and seeing the calibre of the LNP leadership team, their presentations, plus the likes of Tim Nicholls and Tim Mander gave me a great deal of confidence in the future. Again, thank you for the award which I’ll happily share with the Pine Rivers SEC team. Very Best Regards, John Dowling
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Out & About
The LNPâ€™s Parliamentary team in the 55th Queensland Parliament
Deputy Leader, John-Paul Langbroek
Federal Member for McPherson, Hon. Karen Andrews MP, Mudgeeraba SEC Chair Richard Larson and Member for Mudgeeraba, Ros Bates MP
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Federal Treasurer, Hon. Joe Hockey, addresses the LNP Federal Budget Lunch
Federal Member for Moncrieff, Hon. Steve Ciobo, and Member for Gaven, Sid Cramp MP
Former Cook MP, David Kempton
Federal Member for Leichhardt, Hon. Warren Entsch MP, with Prime Minister, Tony Abbott
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk with new LNP Councillor for The Gap Ward, Steve Toomey
Anthony Shorten, Algester, Lisa France, Pumicestone and Ian Kaye, Greenslopes
Former Sandgate MP, Kerry Millard
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DATES TO REMEMBER Queensland Parliament Sitting Dates State Budget Week July 14 - 17
August 18 - 21 (Estimate Committee Hearings) 25 - 28 (Estimate Committee Hearings) September 15 - 17 October 13 - 15 27 - 29 November 10 - 12 December 1-3
Federal Parliament Sitting Dates August 10 - 13 17 - 20 September 7 - 10 14 -17 October 12 - 15 19 - 22 (House of Reps only) November 9 - 12 23 - 26 30 December 1-3
LNP State Council
November 21-22 (Wide Bay)
Queensland Public Holidays Ekka (Brisbane only) August 12 Labour Day October 5 School Holidays
What is the Blue Book? The Blue Book is a handbook guide for LNP members, providing you with the information you need to engage more effectively in Party matters. For party LNP bearers, it is a one stop shop, providing finger-tip access to resources, contacts, policies, procedures and templates to help make
your role more effective, efficient and enjoyable. It is designed to work seamlessly with MyLNP by referencing relevant links. Like the LNP itself, the Blue Book is ever evolving and a work in progress as it seeks to respond to the diverse needs of its members as they navigate an ever-changing political landscape.
The LNP Standard aims to keep you updated in an informative and entertaining way on events and issues relevant to you as members and supporters of the LNP. It would not be possible without the contribution of many of the Party’s elected representatives, officials and hard-working members. I sincerely thank all who have made contributions to this edition. Aside from the work of LNP governments at federal, state and local levels, the LNP Standard tries to highlight the efforts of LNP members whose voluntary work make the party what it is. Your contributions or ideas for improvements are always welcome. Please email email@example.com
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