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Out and About with Andrew – week ending Sunday 19 June

It was budget week in state Parliament and all in all it was disappointing for Queenslanders.

I have made a statement on my homepage about what the Budget meant for Glass House, but its pretty safe to say it didn’t deliver a whole lot.

Suffice to say it was a huge week in Parliament with most sessions finishing after midnight.

State Opposition Leader, Tim Nicholls MP, made a sensational Budget Reply Speech, during which he announced the LNP policy 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.

I did duck home on the Wednesday morning to host a press conference with my colleague Jarrod Bleijie, MP for Kawana, regarding a lack of funding for the Bruce Highway.

It was Woodford Show weekend so unfortunately I was not able to be at the stall on Friday on account of Parliament but I was there on Saturday and able to participate in the plaque dedication to the late, great Bill Newton with his family.  I was also able to take part in the annual Woodford Show opening which is always a highlight of the day.

I ended my weekend at the Caboolture Sports Softball Association for their ‘Light switch on’ ceremony.  They picked up a grant recently to install lights to one of their fields so it was a great pleasure to be able to throw the first ball – even if it was one of the worst throws in history!

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