Federal Election 2016

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MEET YOUR CANDIDATES – 2016 federal Election

Fixing the unemployment problem in wide Bay

A Cooloola Coast Road linking Rainbow Beach / Tin Can Bay to Noosa

Improving Health services and facilities in the Wide Bay

Combating domestic violence

Tourism

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Battle for Wide Bay: Can candidates improve life expectancy?

GLT candidate Jannean Dean said everybody’s quality of life needed to be improved and that would increase life expectancy in the regions.

“If you have a disability or can’t find a job, you can claim a disability support pension, senior pension or newstart allowance and contrary to what others say, they would have us believe these benefits are plenty of money to support a gambling habit, nicotine addiction and some pretty serious alcoholic tendencies, that’s far from reality,” she said.

“This cash certainly isn’t enough to pay for things like medication, wheelchairs, disability aids, taxis to get to medical appointments or food to keep you nourished.”

Click here for Gympie Times article 23rd June 2016

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Wide Bay candidates talk about marriage equality and the Rattler

Marriage Equality

Ms Dean said a full conscience vote was needed on the issue in both houses of Parliament “and not undertaking a plebiscite which would cost $160 million, divide communities and take funds away from important services such as mental healthcare and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth”.

Rattler

Ms Dean said the Glen Lazarus Team fully supported getting the Rattler back on track.

“The reality will be if the government doesn’t support the proposal to get the Rattler back and running, the government will be left with a rail corridor and a number of assets from Gympie through to the Mary Valley that they will have to be maintained and or other decisions will need to be made. This is a significant attraction for Gympie, the Sunshine Coast and the Mary Valley,” she said.

Click here for Gympie Times article 22nd June 2016

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Battle for Wide Bay: 4 candidates have their say on TAFE and university opportunities in Gympie

The Glenn Lazarus Team is opposed to cuts to the TAFE system and advocates for the availability of TAFE courses particularly in regional and remote areas of the country. The Glenn Lazarus Team also advocates for affordable higher education courses to ensure they are available to all.

The Wide Bay is desperate for apprenticeships and traineeships and we believe without a strong, consistent supply of apprentices, Australia’s economic performance would be placed at risk. Boosting the quality of apprenticeships and vocational training, so they represent a pathway to skilled employment, not only helps those wanting to kick start their careers, but also wider economic growth.

The greatest investment a nation can make is in its people. Nations that invest in their people through education create social cohesion, innovation, positive communities and strong forward thinking economies.

We believe education should be available to all.

We believe the Australian Government has an important role to play in supporting the delivery of a world class higher education system which encourages participation and enables fair access by all.

We stand against the deregulation of university fees and believe a national approach to Australia’s educational curriculum; one that enriches our people while celebrating and advancing our great nation; and the delivery of additional assistance to regional and rural Australia and other priority areas.

 

Click here for Gympie Times Article 27th June 2016

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Wide Bay candidates talk border security and halting ‘brain drain’

Border Security

Border protection is paramount and our military and peace keeping personnel must be maintained at minimum levels. Appropriate support needs to be provided to military and peace keeping personnel both during service and in retirement to ensure they are given the acknowledgement, respect and assistance they deserve.

Defence procurement must ensure all equipment, machinery, products, vessels, vehicles and other items are designed and manufactured in Australia. National security must never be compromised by the opportunity to secure cheaper items overseas and decisions regarding Australia’s involvement in war must be considered by the Parliament of Australia.

Our defence personnel and their families need to be supported while serving and during post service to ensure they are respected and supported.  Gold cards should be available for all defence personnel who have experienced war like conditions – no ifs or buts and Veterans Affairs needs a complete overhaul.

Brain Drain

We need to look at send the entirety of Departments to regional areas and we need to look at all the demographics of the rural communities and possibly put the Mining Department where he mines are or put Heritage Department in Maryborough, put Tourism Department in the another location. Put agriculture where it is mostly needed, in the Wide Bay. Fisheries could go to another region and so on.

We should not be keeping them in the congested cities and kids and families have to continuously move to find work instead of living in the areas where they love and could thrive. With current technology there is no reason for these Departments to be in the Major Cities – it’s not as if we can just go in and make an appointment.

Glenn Lazarus Team believe job creation is of the utmost importance in regional areas. And it wouldn’t it be great if all call centres in Australia are located in all regional areas across Australia. Big business like Telstra, Optus, banks etc should all be required to hire Australians.  Australian Government tenders awarded to overseas companies should be brought back on to shore immediately to provide Australian jobs for Australian workers.

Click here for Gympie Times Article 30th June 2016

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ABC radio live debate

ABC Live Debate

You can view the full Wide Bay electorate debate here: Live Debate

Jannean Dean – Glenn Lazarus Team, Elise Cottam – One Nation, Scott Lamond – ABC, Llew O’Brien – LNP, Bruce Mayer – Family First, Barry Cook – Katter Party

Bron Marsh – Greens sent apology unwell. Lucy Stanton – ALP sent apology commitments in electorate.

 

Tomorrow (June 30) from 8.30am join ABC again for the Hinkler electorate debate – 100.1FM, 855AM and again on Facebook Live.

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Meet your federal candidates for the Wide Bay

Here’s your Wide Bay candidates and why they think you should vote for them.

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Bruce Mayer, Family First

I’M STANDING to provide the opportunity for a sensible alternative to the major parties.

I have serious concerns about the economy and what it will mean for our kids and grandchildren if we do not act now.


Removing barriers to gaining a job, workers should have the right to work under terms and conditions that suit them, not terms and conditions dictated to them by government.

Youth unemployment is a huge problem, and no government should stand in the way of a young person wanting and gaining a job and experience.

Importantly in the Senate we need parties like Family First who review sensibly what the major parties try to impose on us.

Llew O’Brien, Liberal National Party

LLEW O’Brien is committed to providing effective representation to deliver results.

Creating jobs and strengthening the economy are priorities for Llew and the Liberal Nationals Coalition Government.

The Coalition will deliver a dedicated and targeted $20 million Wide Bay Burnett Jobs Package, to lift investment, boost productivity, grow our region’s economy and create local jobs.

Upgrading the Bruce Hwy is a priority, including rebuilding the Tinana interchange and improving flood immunity at Tiaro and Aldershot.

Llew and the Coalition will support jobs and ensure that every local family, household and business has the opportunity to share in our nation’s prosperity.

Elise Cottam, One Nation

WHY should people vote for me – because it’s easy to find problems but listening to people is the key to finding the solutions.

We need to stand together as one nation. Divided as we are now, falling apart and fed up, we need a leader that is for the people!

If elected by you I will lead by example, hands on, motivated and will not get your hopes up on empty promises. Transparent and accountable.

Essential services, better tax systems, energy-efficient electorate, pensioners, families and our youth are vital to small businesses and communities. Supporting farmers and protecting our water.

Your Choice, A vote for Elise Cottam One Nation is set to make for a brighter, buzzing Wide Bay for all of Australia to see.

Thanking you in advance Wide Bay.

Lucy Stanton, Labor

ENVIRONMENT. Protection for the Great Sandy Strait, Mary River, Noosa River and lakes. Jobs in ecotourism and many more jobs when we stop netting so recreational fishing can improve.

Education. Children educated at school according to their needs, better access to university and TAFE courses, better jobs from a great start in life.

Internet. NBN rollout using fibre-optic technology for lightning-fast internet access, not Turnbull’s outdated copper cabling solution. Future jobs in the digital economy.

Health and aged care. Proper Medicare so you can visit a doctor without worrying about costs. Healthy communities benefit everyone and provide jobs caring for others.

Jannean Dean, Glenn Lazarus Team

OVER the past 18 months I have listened to the people, consulted with the people on all things that matter to them and more importantly served the people.

Unlike many others who come and go at election time I have remained constant and committed to campaign promises and continue to bring about positive change.

I consider the smaller communities in the Wide Bay just as important as the bigger ones and will not ignore the issues they face daily.

I will not play party politics nor will I hesitate to cross the floor.

It would be wonderful for the people of Wide Bay to vote for me because I lead by example and demonstrated I am a strong community advocate, seven days a week and spend my own savings boosting the economy by investing in small business for services.

I travel to where I am needed and follow through.

Barry Cook, Katter’s Australia Party

ALL I CAN say is listen to Alan Jones’s interview with Bob Katter on June 20 2GB radio and his discussion with Alan about the sale of Australia’s strategic farming asset to foreign owners.

Only to have Penny Wong say if they get in power the Labor government would make it easier for foreign investment.

It seems government clearly doesn’t know the difference between ownership and investment.

Australia is not for sale. Wake up Australia.

Bron Marsh, The Greens

I AM PASSIONATE about protecting the natural environment, ground and surface water quality, and agricultural land in the Wide Bay, as well as the mental health of returned soldiers and farmers.

I am currently a volunteer firefighter, a Rapid Response volunteer for the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps Overwatch group, the convener of the Cooloola Community Action Group and full-time mother.

I am passionate about protecting the natural environment, ground and surface water quality and agricultural land in the Wide Bay for the food and water security of future generations, not only in our area, but for the food security of our nation.

Click for Fraser Coast Chronicle Article

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Boost the Age Pension by 20%

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28 June, 2016

Press Release

Senator Glenn Lazarus announces policy to boost the Age Pension by 20% from 2017

Senator for Queensland and Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team, Glenn Lazarus today announced the Glenn Lazarus Team’s policy to improve the living standards of older Australians across the country by increasing the Age Pension and implementing a national concession scheme to reduce the cost of living.

“Older Australians are struggling to survive,” Senator Glenn Lazarus said today.

“The Age Pension is not keeping up with the rising cost of living and older Australians are being forced to go without basic essentials simply to survive.

“Older Australians living on the Age Pension are receiving a basic weekly wage of $397.40. How are Pensioners supposed to live on this? The answer is they can’t and many Pensioners are living below the poverty line.

“I have spoken to many Pensioners who cannot afford to turn their heating on in winter because they cannot afford the electricity bills.

“Others have told me that because their medication has increased in price that they cannot afford to buy bread and milk.

“As a country we should be ashamed of the way we treat our older Australians. They have worked, paid taxes, raised families, volunteered and contributed much to our nation and we should be doing more to support them.

“Today, I am pleased to announce the Glenn Lazarus Team policy ‘Standing up for Pensioners’ to ensure our older Australians are given the support they deserve. Our policy includes:

– Increasing the basic Age Pension by 20% from 1 July 2017. This will increase the weekly income of Pensioners from $397.40 by $79.48 to $476.88 per week (single Pensioners)
– Couple Pensioners will increase from $299 each per week to $359.46
– The introduction of a national concession policy for Age Pensioners to be adopted by all states and territories as a national standard to provide:

– 20% discounts on rates, utilities such as water and electricity and gas
– Free public transport
– All older Australians from the age of 70 years – Free public transport

“How will this be funded? I think Australians know Turnbull’s company tax cut doesn’t benefit the average person. We don’t want billions of dollars flowing overseas, our policy is to keep the money in Australia and invest it into our Pensioners and our education system.

“What the silver spoon Coalition doesn’t seem to understand is that the Superannuation Guarantee only came into effect in 1992 and it was introduced at 3%. In fact, it only increased to 9% in 2002/2003. Further, it excluded employees earning less than $450 per month, part-time employees under 18 years of age and employees aged 65 and over (later increased to 70).

“Women raising children, caring for families and taking on carer duties were excluded all together because they were not employed.

“Compulsory superannuation is a relatively new initiative and many older Australians have not been given the opportunity to grow a nest egg. They rely on the Age Pension to live. Some people, often women, have not had the opportunity to grow a nest egg at all. We are seeing high levels of homelessness among older women and this needs to stop.

“It about time we stood up for older Australians and our Pensioners and assisted them to live in retirement with dignity.

“The Glenn Lazarus Team will work with which ever party forms Government after 2 July to implement this policy to ensure everyday Australians are given a fair go.”

ENDS

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Glenn Lazarus team at odds over sports precinct

I think it’s great that as a member of a party I can have a difference of opinion and be allowed to express that opinion without duress or being told to tow the party line or else A far cry from the major parties who are not permitted to honestly say what they think.

As Glenn says “Jannean has a better understanding of this precinct but his desire to see more sports facilities nationally can only be a good and healthy outcome”.

In addition a further petition was tabled by Councillor James Hansen with 2,656 signatures which is missing from the article and why hasn’t the Chronicle reporters asked the answers to my questions and reported on this so everyone is informed?

Click here for Fraser Coast Chronicle Article Wednesday 22nd June 2016

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Media Release – 16th June 2016

I am absolutely perplexed as to how the Fraser Coast Regional Council could make such a bad decision and because I live in democratic society I am permitted to say so.

This plan was flawed right from the start, to this day and beyond. This could have been so much better a project and been inclusive of all and every person would have been able to enjoy it. This is not a project for haste, we are talking multi millions of dollars. Already committed $10 million of rate payers money and Howard not even sewered. I expect Council to undertake due diligence and respect the community that they represent. The report was missing 2,636 signatures opposing. How can they make a decision without all the facts? The Sports Precinct, besides rates, drugs, domestic violence, unemployment etc was the Local Election decider.

Separate surveys were undertaken by various platforms; seems the majority no longer have a voice. Now we have no money, no promise of funding and not knowing the final cost and not everyone will get to enjoy it but I bet all rate payers will continue contributing. To date most projects have ran well over budget, so expect costs to rise. Lucky they have a bit of cash stowed away for these types of bad judgement calls. Reminds me of the Wide Bay Water Fiasco. So many questions still unanswered.

 

Waiting for David Lewis to assist in finding the answers to some questions. Maybe James Hansen, Rolf Light, George Seymour, Daniel Sanderson, Darren Everard, Stuart Taylor, Anne Maddern Div 2, Denis Chapman Div 8 could also assist. (Unfortunately cannot tag the Mayor as he has removed himself from social media since the election.)

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15,000 seat stadium on Saunder’s wishlist for region

Click here for Fraser Coast Article Wednesday 22nd June 2016

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Click here for Fraser Coast Article Wednesday 22nd June 2016 – NRL Support