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It was great to start a Parliamentary sitting week by attending the Parliamentary Friends of Rugby League launch and to get within touching distance of the impressive State of Origin Shield.  It was also wonderful to celebration the eighth anniversary of my swearing in as a Member of Parliament and it continues to be an honour and a privilege to represent the amazing people of Glass House.

There were also some very late nights (or early mornings depending on how you look at it) in Parliament last week, however it was all worthwhile when groundbreaking Domestic Violence reforms were passed due to the LNP’s Private Member’s Bill.

Key reforms which were passed in the Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2017 included:

•Reversing the presumption for bail in domestic violence-related crimes such as assault, grievous bodily harm, deprivation of liberty, strangulation and kidnapping.
•DV Alert system to notify victims and families when someone with a DVO is being considered for parole, even if the reason they are in prison is not related to domestic violence.
•Introducing urgent appeal rights to the bail application process, meaning bail decisions will be stayed for up to three business days and referred to a higher court for urgent review.
•Allowing GPS trackers to be fitted to an alleged offender as a bail condition by the court to ensure that victims of crime are better protected throughout the trial process, which can be lengthy.

Our Bill also sought to introduce a DV Alert system to ensure victims and families are notified when someone charged with domestic violence crimes is being considered for or has been granted bail. Unfortunately, Labor Members voted against this provision so it did not pass.

After returning to the electorate on Friday, I held constituent meetings and then on Saturday attended the Woodford P-10 State School dual celebrations of 135 years of schooling and 50 years of senior schooling. My father, uncles and aunt actually attended Woodford school back in the 1960’s so it was an extra special celebration.

AP swearing in 8 years ago AP with State of Origin Shield Woodford School 135 year anniversary

I was back in parliament last week where we were due to debate two abortion bills that were introduced by the Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and were being strongly pushed by Labor’s Deputy Premier Jackie Trad.  The LNP made a public commitment to oppose both of these Bills after allowing Members a conscience vote, given the well-established convention for conscience votes for matters that go to the start and end of life.  It was a unanimous resolution that every member of the LNP indicated that they could not, in good conscience, support either of the Bills.  The Bills have now been withdrawn from the Queensland Parliament and referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission for further advice and analysis.

I would like to provide some insight into my consideration of the Bills.

These Bills were unsatisfactory and the withdrawal of these Bills vindicates this position.  The first Bill left the entire area of abortion unregulated and this was clearly untenable.  The second Bill attempted to correct the failures of the first Bill but fell well short. It created further risk and uncertainty as shown in the Parliamentary Committee report. In fact, the second Bill sought to make it legal for a woman to secure her own abortion without medical supervision – including by the use of illicitly obtained drugs.  It also created additional legal uncertainty and an ongoing legislative conflict between the Criminal Code and the Health Act.

This is often a very personal issue and people have strong views on both sides of the argument and I thank Glass House constituents for passing on their comments.

Parliament can sometimes be fun and there was plenty to smile about at the launch of the Queensland Parliamentary Friends of the AFL.

It is always good to return to the electorate and on Friday I met with representatives from the Department of Transport and Main roads to be briefed about projects in Glass House and met with constituents.  I also dropped in to the new Maleny Police Station.

The weekend was taken up with Shadow Cabinet in Bundaberg.

Looking forward to spending the coming week in the beautiful Glass House electorate.

AP with AFL mascots Shadow Cabinet in Bundaberg


Great to be back in the electorate this week and to also travel to other regions as part of my Shadow Ministry role.

Here is the week that was:

  • meetings with constituents and transport industry representatives in the Glass House electorate
  • attended school leadership ceremony at Woodford State School
  • attended Celebrate Glasshouse Country Tourism Launch
  • attended Maleny Hospital Auxiliary AGM
  • attended Glasshouse Chamber of Commerce meeting
  • attended Maleny Lions Youth of the Year event
  • attended school leadership ceremony at Chevallum State School
  • along with Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls, announced our Get Queensland Working policy – incentives for businesses that take on apprentices and job-seekers (including Work Cover premium discounts) and Tools for Tradies vouchers
  • attended Montville Village Association information session on the South East Queensland Regional Plan
  • meetings with residents, stakeholders and council representatives in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Transport, Main Roads and Local Government in the Condamine, Toowoomba North and Toowoomba South electorates
  • attended the presentation of Queen’s Scout Award to Alex Colvin
  • presented certificate and cheque to Peachester State School P & C as a recipient of a Local Heroes Grant


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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 the Arts and Major Events, to the Glass House electorate to showcase some recent achievements, outline the issues Mr Powell is fighting for and to introduce Mr Nicholls to the locals.

The day began with a tour of the new Pumicestone State School which was approved and funded by the LNP Government as part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) roll out of ten new schools and will open its doors to students in 2017.

“I am very impressed by the state of the art facilities that Pumicestone State School will provide to their new students and the many opportunities that will be presented to them”, Mr Nicholls said.

Mr Powell said that the school has already attracted nearly 300 new enrolments for 2017 and has the potential to grow rapidly in the coming years.

Mr Nicholls joined Mr Powell in his commitment to get out and about listening to locals and continued on to the Woodford region.

“In visiting Woodfordia and the Woodford Sale Yards I was able to highlight to Tim the diversity of our local communities – the artistic and creative excitement that is the Woodford Folk Festival and the honest, hardworking, salt of the earth cattlemen and women, one of our many local agricultural pursuits”, Mr Powell said.

“I certainly enjoyed catching up with Bill Hauritz in my capacity as the Shadow Minister for the Arts and discussing what goes in to running an annual, week long music and art festival that attracts so many visitors to the region”, added Mr Nicholls.

“It was great for us to catch up with many of the buyers, sellers, and the “tyre-kicker” – those just looking – at the Sale Yards in Woodford.  There’s no better place to meet the locals on a Monday morning”, Mr Powell concluded.

The morning concluded with a morning tea in Woodford where almost 40 locals had the opportunity to share their views with their local State Member and the Leader of the Opposition.

 [ENDS] 6 December 2016

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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.
[ENDS] 6 December 2016


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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.
[ENDS] 29 November 2016

Great to see the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) maintenance contractor undertaking bitumen resurfacing works on Maleny-Kenilworth Road approaching Witta Road.  I know this is only a very small part of a much bigger problem.  Many of you would be familiar with my annual walk along this stretch of road – some have even called it a political stunt.  And you know what, they are right, and I make no apologies for that.  This is just one way of showing the community and the government of the day, regardless of which political persuasion, I have not given up the fight to fix this road once and for all.  I will stop at nothing to get a funding commitment from TMR and will continue to update you as further works are done.

On Tuesday I travelled to the Gaven electorate where my colleague Sid Cramp and I launched a petition to improve safety measures for emergency vehicles exiting the Nerang Fire Station.  We also discussed other transport and road concerns within the Gaven electorate.

It took some organising but on Wednesday we managed to have three levels of government in the same place at the same time!  In attendance were Ted O’Brien, Andrew Wallace, Fiona Simpson, Glen Elmes, Steve Dickson, Jarrod Bleijie, Noosa Shire Council Mayor Tony Wellington, Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie, and Mark McArdle on the phone, and we discussed future plans that will benefit the Sunshine Coast.

It’s tradition in November each year that I catch up with my mate Bill Hauritz to check everything is on track for another brilliant Woodford Folk Festival so on Thursday I was thrilled to chat to Bill about what to expect this year.  It is set to be as sensational as ever so get your tickets now – it’s going to be a ripper!

My “Arty Day” continued on Thursday when I met with renowned Queensland visual artist Tom McAulay and Tony Gill of Art on Cairncross fame. We really are very spoilt in the Hinterland!

My Friday began with Rowena Crouch from the Mt Mee Historical Society who used an Anzac Centenary Queensland Grant to work with students from Mt Mee State School and research locals who served in WWI. The product of their endeavours – “Mt Mee Anzacs” – was launched.  Congratulations to Rowena and the kids from Mt Mee.

Also on Friday I was excited to announce, along with Cr Jenny McKay, that the Education Department has provided an in-principle agreement to a new Indoor Aquatic Centre and “Drop n Go” being built on the Maleny State School lower oval.  The announcement follows a lengthy and exhaustive process that explored all options for the siting of a new pool and improved school drop-off facilities and involved considerable consultation with the broader community and the Maleny State School P&C and staff.  I’ll keep you updated as things progress however in the meantime please see my media release for further details.

On Friday evening I enjoyed my first Christmas drinks and the first “Merry Christmas” for 2016 at the Maleny Community Centre with current President Phil, former President Heather and the team.

On Saturday I travelled to Cairns for Shadow Cabinet.  Great to be in Far North Queensland, listening to the local government, transport and main roads concerns of locals.



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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.
[ENDS] 21 November 2016



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20 September 2016


Powell welcomes new LGAQ President and farewells LGAQ stalwart

Shadow Local Government Minister Andrew Powell has congratulated Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson on his election as Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) President at the 2016 Annual Conference.

Mr Powell said he was looking forward to continuing and broadening the close working relationship with Cr Jamieson that had developed through their roles as Sunshine Coast elected representatives.

“As the Member for Glass House I’ve witnessed first-hand Mark’s advocacy for the Sunshine Coast Council and we’ve been able to work together to deliver real outcomes,” Mr Powell said.

“As Shadow Local Government Minister I’m confident we can work just as closely to deliver for councils right across Queensland.

“I’m sure Mark will hit the ground running as President and I look forward to talking to him about how the LNP Opposition can support Mayors and Councillors around the state.

“In my address to the LGAQ’s conference this morning I spoke about how the LNP’s priorities align with council priorities – local jobs and infrastructure investment to get Queensland moving.

“There are big issues to tackle for local government including financial sustainability, disaster recovery, community resilience and industrial relations but Mark is more than capable of charting the route forward.”

Mr Powell also paid tribute to LGAQ General Manager – Advocacy, Greg Hoffman, ahead of his departure from the organisation this month.

“If there is someone who is attuned to the diversity of needs of councils across the state it is Greg Hoffman,” he said.

“Those who have been around councils for a long time tell me Greg breathed life back into the LGAQ when it needed it most.

“Since 1982, Greg has been standing up for local governments – he has the respect of Mayors and Councillors, Federal and State MPs of all political persuasions.

“He knows our local communities are strongest when local councils are strong – and that’s what he has always advocated for.

“The reason local government issues get placed prominently on the desks of decision-makers is largely due to Greg’s tireless efforts.

“I thank Greg for his tireless dedication over so many years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”


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5 October 2016

D’Aguilar Highway – One Project Completed, Another Set to Start
As promised, the D’Aguilar Highway between Caboolture and Kilcoy is set to become even safer and more efficient with another major project about to begin, right on the back of the recent upgrades being completed.

D’Aguilar Highway residents came together yesterday to celebrate with State Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, the completion of the new eastbound overtaking lane between the Gamgee Road Intersections west of Wamuran.

“In true Aussie style we threw a sausage on the BBQ to salute the safer Gamgee Road intersections and the first ever eastbound overtaking lane east of Woodford,” Mr Powell said.

“But the party became even sweeter when Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Darren Chester, announced on the weekend that another new overtaking lane would be built at Woodford between Chambers and Petersen roads.

This project is fully funded as part of the Australian Government’s $16 million Road Safety Improvement project designed to benefit all users of the D’Aguilar Highway and was the direct result of lobbying by then Federal Member for Longman Wyatt Roy and State Member for Glass House Andrew Powell MP.

“Wyatt and I had worked tirelessly to maximise the benefit for our local road users from this $16 million investment. We were confident, through smarter design and project management, we could also fund this second overtaking lane so I thank Minister Chester and the Federal Coalition Government for following through on our original plans,” Mr Powell continued.

“I am advised the upcoming works near Woodford will include upgrades to the Ironbark Drive and Chambers Road intersections. A tender process will commence shortly and I will keep the community advised as to when construction will commence,” Mr Powell concluded.


[ENDS] 5 October 2016


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