Five things our local pollies said and did this week
OUR state politicians are gearing up to peak election mode, with fewer than 80 days to go until Queenslanders head to the polls.
Here are this week’s top political stories you might have missed:
Andrew under fire for ‘immature’ antics
MIRANI MP Stephen Andrew has come under fire for the second time in less than a year for the behaviour of his guests at parliament.
The One Nation MP has been referred to the parliamentary ethics committee following an incident involving the parliamentary office door of Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper.
It was revealed One Nation’s Thuringowa candidate Troy Thompson this week posted to his social media account a photo of his business card being held over Mr Harper’s name on his door.
The incident comes after Mr Andrew’s visitors were caught going through members’ desks in the chamber last October.
Mr Andrew apologised to the House, saying he was unaware of the issue.
Nominations now open for domestic and family prevention honour roll
A new recognition program will honour Queenslanders who are walking the talk on domestic and family violence prevention.
Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Di Farmer said it was important to recognise Queensland people and organisations for taking steps to ending domestic and family violence.
The honour roll is about shining a light on good deeds, and thanking those taking real steps to ending domestic and family violence.
The four categories include: individual, community organisation, small business, and corporate organisation.
Nominations have opened and will close on Monday September 7, 2020.
Online nominations are available at: www.qld.gov.au/notnownotevertogether
Bonanno claims government has “muzzled” volunteers
A Mackay political hopeful says the State Government has “muzzled” volunteers to prevent public debate about crime.
LNP candidate for Mackay Chris Bonanno said ‘silencing’ those involved with Crime Stoppers after axing part of the group’s funding was the final straw.
At a press conference in Mackay this week, Mr Bonanno called for a new approach to law and order with harsher punishment and more funding for community crime initiatives, like Crime Stoppers.
Mr Bonanno will host a Crime and Community Safety Forum next week so residents can voice their concerns about the crime rate.
You can read the State Government’s full response here.
Candidate’s shock announcement
The Proserpine small business owner released a statement saying it was with “deep regret” she would stand down as the candidate, citing personal reasons for the decision.
“For some time now, a family member has been ill, and I’m sad to say is not getting any better,” the statement read.
“My family is very important to me, so too is the success of my small business.
“That’s why I have decided to focus all my attention on my personal responsibilities.”
Labor has not yet announced who will replace Ms Cameron.
Four Mackay schools benefit from $220m trade jobs bonanza
Mackay schools will score major upgrades as part of a $220 million school improvement program and tradies job bonanza.
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert has announced Mackay electorate schools will share in more than $2.5 million of the cash splash.
Another $2.2 million will be spent on schools across the broader region.
Read the full story here.