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It was back to Parliament this week where the LNP has put into the Parliament strong reforms to tackle the growing scourge of domestic violence in Queensland.

These include:

1.     Bail is not a right – Reversing the onus of proof for bail, forcing those charged with domestic violence crimes to prove why they deserve bail.

2.     DV Alert System – Issuing a notification if an offender has applied or been granted bail or parole to give victims and their families time to mentally and physically prepare.

3.     GPS Monitoring – Monitoring high-risk offenders by GPS tracking to ensure the safety of victims and their families through the court process, which can often be lengthy.

4.     Urgent Appeal Rights – Introducing an urgent appeal right for bail decisions​ and ensure they are finalised within three business days. The alleged offender will stay in custody during the appeal – not out in the community – giving police the tools they need to better protect the community through the bail process.

Help make these laws a reality by taking the pledge to end domestic and family violence at the link on my homepage.
On returning to the electorate it was an honour to join the amazing team at Act for Mason, and some of my colleagues along with hundreds of others as we ‘Walked for Mason’ to call on the Government to ensure no other child has to go through what 21 month old Mason Jet Lee endured.

On Saturday I went to the Big Pineapple Renewal Open Day to see the plans the new owners have to renew and sustain the future of this famous icon.  There are exciting times ahead and more information is available on their website at www.bigpineapple.com.au.

On Sunday I finished off the week by attending the Peachester Community Church Service of Celebration.  After 95 years, the much loved and utilised Peachester Uniting Church transitions to community ownership, managed by the Peachester Hall Committee.

 

 

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13 February 2017 

This week the LNP Opposition will introduce tough new laws to State Parliament to tackle the growing scourge of domestic violence in Glass House and across the state.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the Private Members Bill would include reversing the onus of proof for bail, establishing a DV alert system, GPS monitoring for high-risk offenders on bail and introducing immediate appeal rights against bail.

“While the Palaszczuk Government has been sitting on their hands saying they will ‘look into’ strong domestic violence laws, the LNP has actually gone ahead and done it,” Mr Powell said.

“By introducing a DV alert system, victims will be notified when the alleged offender is applying for bail or having their parole reviewed.

“We will also introduce GPS monitoring as an option for bail to ensure an alleged attacker can’t go near the victim,” Mr Powell added.

Mr Powell said Queensland accounted for a quarter of all domestic-violence related deaths in Australia in 2016.

“In 2015-16 there were more than 22,000 domestic violence orders breached across the state – up 39 per cent from the year before,” Mr Powell said.

“Despite this alarming surge, the Palaszczuk Government still hasn’t implemented even half of the recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever report from two years ago.

“I hope Members from all sides can look past the politics and support these strong laws because the longer we wait, the longer vulnerable women and children will be put at risk,” Mr Powell concluded.

Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2017

• Reversing the onus of proof for bail – Making it harder for bail to be granted for alleged offenders charged with domestic violence-related crimes
• Establishing a DV alert system – The LNP Bill allows for automatic notification when anyone the subject of a domestic violence order is being considered for either bail or parole, giving time for victims to prepare mentally and physically for their potential release
• GPS monitoring for high-risk offenders on bail – Allowing the police to apply for GPS monitoring as part of a bail condition to ensure the safety of victims and their families
• Introducing immediate appeal rights against bail – Providing an urgent review of a granted bail application to a higher court.
Ends – 13 February 2017

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6 December 2016
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, yesterday welcomed Tim Nicholls MP, Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Arts and Major Events, to the Glass House electorate to showcase some recent achievements, outline the issues Mr Powell is fighting for and allow Mr Nicholls to spend some time with locals from all corners of the electorate.

Mr Nicholls joined Mr Powell in his commitment to get out and about listening to locals.  After spending the morning in the southern end of the electorate they met at the site of the proposed Maleny Indoor Aquatic Centre and new Drop ‘n Go at the Maleny State School.

Mr Nicholls was pleased to be briefed on the recent announcement of an in-principle agreement with the Education Department for some of the school land to be used for this long sought after project.

“It’s was pretty clear to me how passionate the community is to have a new indoor aquatic centre that can be used all year round”, Mr Nicholls said.

“Mr Powell has long campaigned for improved set down and pick up facilities for Maleny State School students, so it is encouraging that these improvements will also be part of the project”, Mr Nicholls added.

Following a community afternoon tea in Montville attended by almost 50 locals and community members, the tour continued on to Palmwoods to inspect the intersection at Jubilee Drive, Chevallum Road and Woombye Palmwoods Road.

“This intersection is a nightmare for those who use it on a regular basis and while the rail duplication would ultimately solve the issue we all know that is a long way off under the current Government.”

“In the meantime, a solution needs to be found to improve the associated risks at this intersection and it was important for me to show Tim, first-hand, the blatantly obvious problems”, Mr Powell said.

“I appreciate Tim taking the time to meet with residents of Glass House and listening to the issues that are important to us”, Mr Powell concluded.
#Powell4GlassHouse
[ENDS] 6 December 2016

 

The last week of Parliament sitting last week brought some late nights with a lot to be finalised before the end of the year.

Highlights of the week were:
•The LNP announcing that a future LNP government will implement ‘No Body, No Parole’ laws in Queensland.  This means that convicted killers who fail to tell authorities where they have dumped a body will be refused parole under a tough new LNP policy aimed at empowering victims not offenders.  The news was welcomed by Bruce and Denise Morcombe who said it was a huge win for victims and their families!
•The turning on of the Parliamentary Christmas Tree lights!
•Standing up against violence against women with my parliamentary colleagues – White Ribbon Day 2016.
•Debate on the Taxi Industry Assistance Package.  This bill is flawed and botched and is a real kick in the guts to taxi and limo operators.  The LNP also welcomes competition but there must be fair compensation and a fair and level playing field for the personalised transport industry and I am working with providers for a fairer go.

On returning to the electorate on Friday morning, I attended the Elimbah Excellence Parade and was honoured to present the award for Dux of the school to Emelia from year 6.  Then it was off to Beerburrum State School for a pizza party with the year two class.  The winner of my Christmas Artwork Competition this year was Andre De Clara who not only won a prize for himself, but he also won a pizza party for his whole class.  Well done Andre and thanks kids for the fun at lunch.

The Glasshouse Country RSL recently picked up $12,500 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to install solar panels so it was great to catch up with them and discuss their plans.

Another school event to finish off my Friday and it was a huge night, full of brilliant kids, dance, drama and carols at the Peachester State School Awards Night.

Ironically on Saturday night a storm took out the power at the official turning on of the WoW – Windows of Woodford illuminated art boxes. Regardless, it’s a brilliant project and brain child of the Woodford Lions, ably supported by the Woodford Folk Festival and Cr Adrian Raedel.  If you haven’t seen them yet, go and take it look.  They look great.

Not even an almighty storm could stop Crystal and Fred Peters and the Stoney Creek Rural Fire Brigade from holding their Christmas bash on Saturday night too!

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29 November 2016
• The LNP announces its No Body, No Parole policy to ensure the scales of justice are balanced in favour of victims not offenders
• If elected an LNP government will ensure convicted killers who fail to identify the location of their victims will not receive parole
• Annastacia Palaszczuk’s inaction on this important policy means she favours criminals ahead of victims and their loved ones

Convicted killers in Glass House who fail to tell authorities where they have dumped their victim’s body will be refused parole under a tough new LNP policy aimed at empowering victims not offenders.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, said for far too long the scales of justice in Queensland have put the rights of criminals ahead of the expectations of the Glass House community and victims’ families and loved ones.

“A future LNP Government will implement No Body, No Parole laws in Queensland,” Mr Powell said.

“We will do this in consultation with victims groups, the parole board and key organisations involved in the justice system in the Glass House region. This is all about criminals showing genuine remorse and helping to give families, friends and loved ones closure,” Mr Powell added.

Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the LNP’s policy would put Queensland in line with South Australia, while New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia were considering implementing similar laws.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is soft on crime and favours criminals ahead of victims,” Mr Nicholls said.

Mr Powell said that while other states and territories have moved to implement strong parole reforms, Queensland Labor have sat idle with their heads in the sand, not wanting to upset the inner-city, bleeding heart brigade.

“Our laws will apply to offenders serving a jail sentence for murder or conspiracy to murder.

“To grant parole, the parole board must be satisfied the offender has co-operated to identify the location, or last known location, of the remains of the victim.

Mr Powell said this policy will apply to criminals who have not yet been released from jail on parole.
#Powell4GlassHouse
[ENDS] 29 November 2016

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21 November 2016
Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell, said a future LNP Government would phase out supermarket-style plastic bags across Queensland, including the Glass House region.

Mr Powell said single-use plastic bags had an average lifespan of just 12 months but could take more than 1000 years to fully decompose.

“I’m proud to lead the Glass House community in cutting public waste, reducing landfill and providing a safer environment for our wildlife and families,” Mr Powell said.

“Queenslanders use around one billion plastic bags every year and the average family collects more than 60 per week.

“By phasing out single-use plastic bags from our local supermarkets, we are making an important investment in our future.

Mr Powell said the LNP’s commitment to phase out plastic bags has been fully endorsed by Clean Up Australia, Wildlife Australia and the Boomerang Alliance, which represents 45 different environmental groups.

“In 2005, all Australian Governments agreed to phase out plastic bags by 2008, but so far only South Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT have fulfilled that promise,” Mr Powell said.

“There are plenty of alternatives to the single-use plastic bag – by making a simple lifestyle change, local families can make a huge difference.

Mr Powell added that Green, or bring-your-own bags, heavy retail bags, paper bags and barrier bags for fruit vegetables and meat will not be banned.

“The LNP is committed to protecting our world-class environment, after recently introducing a container deposit scheme that would give consumers, businesses and charities a 10 cent refund for aluminium, glass and plastic drink containers returned for recycling,” Mr Powell concluded.
#Powell4GlassHouse
[ENDS] 21 November 2016

 

 

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17 November 2016

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said the LNP will provide funding for 500 WiFi hotspots in key tourism destinations to allow tourists to share their experiences with their mates while on holidays in Queensland.

Mr Powell said, if elected, an LNP Government would ensure tourists had access to world-class technology so they could brag to their mates back home and showcase some of the unique destinations that Queensland has to offer.

“The LNP will commit $3 million over three years towards a program to install WiFi hotspots at key tourism destinations across the state,” Mr Powell said.

“These WiFi hotspots will be established through grants to local councils which will be responsible for setting up the network to ensure tourists are connected to the world.

“We have an amazing range of natural and man-made tourism assets that are unique to Queensland and set our state apart from other destinations around Australia.

“We want visitors to our state to have access to technology so they can jump online and post their happy snaps to social media or to send them to family or friends.”

Mr Powell said the LNP recognised the importance of the tourism sector and would work with them not against them.

“The LNP is about working with the industry and capitalising on our people and lifestyle, our culture and heritage, our natural wonders and climate,” Mr Powell said.

“Using digital and social media to showcase our great tourism locations is an ideal way to share the word that Queensland is a great place to visit.”

#Powell4GlassHouse
 [ENDS] 17 November 2016

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During his Budget Reply speech today the Leader of the Opposition, Tim Nicholls MP, announced our plan to get Queensland Working. A plan that will provide up to 20,000 jobs for young Queenslanders, reduce the cost of working for young apprentices and incentivise businesses to train and retain young Queenslanders. One of the elements of the plan is “Tools for Tradies” – vouchers for tradies who complete their apprenticeships to buy the necessary tools they need.

To see the full LNP policy announcement click here – Policy_Our Plan to Get Qld Working

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