• Work kicks off at Sandy Gully

    We’ve turned the sod to mark the commencement of work on the Sandy Gully Bridge upgrade north of Bowen today, and this $57 million project will improve safety and flood immunity on this 3.7 kilometre stretch of the Bruce Highway. The project will create in excess of 100 jobs, and I was happy to see this work was awarded to a Mackay-based business, Vassallo Constructions. This section of the Bruce Highway floods regularly in bad weather and closures can seriously impact on drivers in the region.
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  • Decision on backpacker tax a win for region

    TODAY’S announcement by Treasurer Scott Morrison that a backpacker tax of 19 cents in the dollar will be introduced next year, rather than a proposed 32.5 cents, is a win for our regional economy. Those in the horticultural, agricultural and tourism sectors in this region had legitimate concerns about the effects of a backpacker tax and I was happy to champion their cause and seek a fairer deal to ensure that the backpacker workforce was not decimated.
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  • University teacher excellence celebrated

    14 SEPTEMBER 2016: Congratulations to local academics and professional staff from CQ University and James Cook University on being recommended for citations for their outstanding contributions to student learning.
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  • Three little words can save a life

    8 SEPTEMBER 2016: R U OK? Sometimes it’s the simplest words that are the hardest to say, but today we are being encouraged to start a conversation with someone if we notice they are struggling to cope. Today is R U OK? Day, a day to take the first step, check in and reconnect with those around us – after all, we are stronger together.
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  • Register shows who owns our land

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    7 SEPTEMBER 2016: The first report from the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land was released by the Liberal National Government today. I have long been an advocate for the register and this report provides the basic transparency needed to ensure oversight and confidence in agricultural investment.
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  • Prices to drop on 2000 medicine brands

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    5 SEPTEMBER 2016: More than 2000 medicine brands treating common conditions will drop in price for North Queenslanders from next month – some by as much as 50 per cent or more.
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  • Proudly fly the Aussie flag

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    2 SEPTEMBER 2016: I am encouraging all North Queenslanders to proudly fly the flag to celebrate National Flag Day tomorrow (Saturday 3 September).
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  • Whitsundays cashing in on tourism numbers

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    1 SEPTEMBER 2016: A healthy boost in visitor numbers is great but a massive jump in the amount the spend while visiting the Whitsundays is tremendous news for jobs and… read more →
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  • Study grants take students to Indo-Pacific

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    1 SEPTEMBER 2016: North Queensland students from CQ University and James Cook University will have the opportunity to put their studies into context through Liberal National Government study grants of more than $1 million.
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  • Action trumps review on banks

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    31 AUGUST 2016: I chose action to pull the big banks into line today rather than another inquiry because actions speak louder than words and wasted time.
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  • Court decision on Adani a win for businesses and job seekers

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    AUGUST 29, 2017: The Federal Court win for the Australian Government and Adani today means jobs will flow to places like Mackay, Bowen and Townsville in 2017. The Australian Conservation… read more →
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  • More funding to tackle organised crime

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    AUGUST 24, 2016: The Commonwealth Government has today committed an additional $3 million investment to extend and enhance the work of the Queensland National Anti-Gang Squad (NAGS) Strike Team, and that’s… read more →
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  • Mackay roads boost of more than $670,000

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    AUGUST 23, 2016: Mackay Regional Council has just received $678,000 to assist with local road construction and maintenance under the Australian Government’s Roads to Recovery Programme. Councils use Roads to Recovery… read more →
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  • Burdekin community to benefit from grant

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    AUGUST 19, 2016: THE Home Hill Boat Club will now be able to complete a project they’ve been planning for years to beautify the Groper Creek Park, thanks to a successful… read more →
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  • Community grant to benefit Burdekin

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    AUGUST 19, 2016: THE Home Hill Boat Club will now be able to complete a project they’ve been planning for years to beautify the Groper Creek Park, thanks to a successful… read more →
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  • Work on Mackay Ring Road imminent

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    AUGUST 17, 2016: I WELCOME the news that initial work is about to begin on the $565 million Mackay Ring Road Stage 1, ahead of major construction next year. This is… read more →
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  • Townsville decision right move for Defence personnel

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    AUGUST 15, 2016: The Australians who have served in our armed forces have given their all in service to their country, and they deserve more assistance with the particular pressures… read more →
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  • Work starts on Bruce Highway overtaking lanes

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    AUGUST 15, 2016: Work is underway on two overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Bowen to boost safety for all road users on this key transport route.… read more →
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  • Facts on Census

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    AUGUST 9, 2016: REPORTS concerning fines of up to $180 per day for not completing the Census tonight are causing many people in the electorate undue concern. The facts are… read more →
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  • No case to answer on bogus bribery claim

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    3 AUGUST, 2016: I WELCOME the conclusion today of an assessment by the Australian Federal Police into allegations of bribery in relation to my pledge to donate to Eco Barge’s… read more →
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  • Super policy must change

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    July 20, 2016: My view on the government’s latest superannuation policies is that they must change because they attack the hard workers who do the right thing. I made these views clear at the… read more →
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  • We need open discussion on immigration issues

    JULY 19, 2016: There has been a public and politically correct furore over TV identity Sonia Kruger’s statements on further Islamic immigration, but she has every right to express her views. In April, I… read more →
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  • $55,000 boost for community groups

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    A small business incubator, a school and a long day care centre were all given a boost today with the announcement by Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen that almost $55,000 in Stronger Communities Programme grants had been approved. I joined Split Spaces general manager Jarryd Townson to congratulate him on his successful application. Jarryd is creating a business incubator here in Mackay called Split Spaces which will provide support services and collaboration for start-ups and small businesses, and I was happy to recommend his project for funding of $19,800 under the Stronger Communities Programme. This funding is just the beginning of the project for Mr Townson, but it will allow for the renovation and fit-out of a co-working space as well as provide some office equipment and kitchen facilities.
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  • Black lung disease in spotlight at new research centre

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    I joined the Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan at today’s launch of an Occupational Health and Safety Research Centre focusing on work-related health issues. The Centre aims to reduce the incidence of death, illness and injury, including black lung disease. The Occupational Health and Safety Research Centre will provide cutting edge research and innovation capacity which will focus on illnesses, injuries and deaths in key regional industries, like the resources and agriculture industry. Mackay, as a coal mining centre, and as a hub for the mining services industry, is the right location for such an endeavour.
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  • $150,000 to keep Aqua Fun Park afloat

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    I’ve made the pledge today that a re-elected Coalition Government will provide $150,000 to Aqua Fun Park Mackay – which is a tourism attraction which also provides jobs for young people. The enterprising operation, which will be auspiced under the Not For Profit Trinity Youth and Community Services group, will now be able to purchase their own inflatable fun park equipment so they can keep operating. Operators Amanda Pelagalli and Kirk Langford approached me some months back because they were having trouble keeping their great tourism venture afloat, literally.
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  • $100,000 pledge for Eimeo SLSC

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    A small club which undertakes the big job of patrolling one of our region’s favourite beaches, Eimeo, was on the receiving end of some financial ‘first aid’ today with the announcement that a re-elected Liberal National Government will commit $100,000 for an to their facility. Everyone understands that our life saving clubs provide a vital service, and I salute their huge volunteer effort of training up young people who make sure our beaches are safe places to be.
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  • Mackay’s One Billion Dollar Man

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    28 JULY 2016: With the support of the Liberal National Government, I am driving a one billion dollar investment to create more than a thousand jobs for Mackay over the next three to four years.
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  • $300,000 for Whitehaven Beach walking track

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    I MET with representatives of the marine tourism industry in Airlie Beach this morning to announce that a re-elected Liberal National Government will invest $300,000 towards a walking track at Whitehaven beach. The construction of a hardened circuit walking track and a lookout deck at the southern end of the famous Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays would help to address issues of overcrowding at the popular tourist destination.
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  • MP calls on State Labor to stop tug boat job losses

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    JUNE 24, 2016: THE imminent threat of BMA tug boat operators losing their jobs could be averted immediately if the State Labor Government acted to change the State legislation that… read more →
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  • Lazarus, Labor and Greens want job-destroying sugar tax

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    JUNE 22, 2016: SUGAR cane farmers, sugar industry workers and those who live in communities which are underpinned by sugar should be wary of being crash-tackled by Glenn Lazarus –… read more →
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