We’ve market-tested the positive and negative ads of the ALP and the Liberal National Party with 665 voters. The results were devastating for the ALP.
It didn’t matter which ALP ad voters were shown, twice as many were less likely to vote Labor after viewing compared to more likely: a net movement away in the vicinity of 20per cent.
By contrast LNP negative ad enhanced the party’s vote, with a net positive movement towards it of 17 per cent.
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Queensland Auditor-General Glen Poole has found the Bligh Labor Government’s health planning processes are a shambles in a recent report, Health Service Planning for the Future, tabled in parliament on Tuesday.
LNP Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said the Auditor’s Report was a damning indictment of the systemic failure of the Bligh Government’s management of health services.
“Despite having years to get right and a focus on service planning since 2005, the
Bligh Government has failed,” Mr McArdle said.
“The report shows a lack of understanding by the Bligh Government of the key role of hospitals in the community.
“Their ad hoc approach (to health planning) is downright dangerous to patient health.
“Again the Government has been caught out putting band-aids over gaping wounds in the health system which is in crisis.”
Mr McArdle said the report found there was no sound method or benchmark for translating “inpatient demand data into bed numbers and the amount of space required”.
“In other words, they have no idea of bed numbers required and this is showing up daily in patients being turned away from emergency departments that are overflowing.”
Mr McArdle said the key finding of the Foster Review that the proper planning was essential was clearly being ignored.
“The Bligh Government clearly doesn’t understand what proper planning means,” Mr McArdle said.
“The Auditor reports that recent infrastructure decisions to increase capacity had not been based on a thorough assessment of service needs.
“In other words the Bligh Government continues to waste precious taxpayer’ dollars without proper assessment and planning.”
When the state’s latest Health Minister took his seat in Queensland Parliament today, 95 very sick people were waiting in the state’s overcrowded emergency departments for a hospital bed.
But the ongoing crisis in public hospital emergency departments was even worse yesterday with 128 very sick people stuck in the deadly gridlock between an emergency department corridor and a hospital bed.
LNP Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said the emergency department crisis was the most serious issue affecting quality and safety in pubic hospitals today.
Mr McArdle said the Bligh Labor Government had grown a crisis in the public hospital system into an unmitigated disaster – more than doubling the percentage of seriously sick and injured people who were forced to wait more than eight hours for a hospital bed in the last five years.
“Our public hospitals are in a major mess because a series of Labor Health Ministers have been more interested in self-promotion than better public health outcomes,” he said.
“The reason we have such a crisis in our emergency departments is that there has been a massive reduction in the number of real hospital beds despite a massive increase in population.”
Mr McArdle said the new Health Minister needed to do more than simply convert his recent visits to struggling public hospitals into opportunities for self-promotion.
“We have had a series of hand on heart promises that this Labor Government had turned the corner on the public hospital crisis. We’ve come full circle – with another senior Cabinet Minister adopting the same tourist approach to public health,” Mr McArdle said.
“Labor has spent more than a decade studying the growing crisis in our public hospitals. A ‘whole of hospital’ crisis management plan needs to be put in place.”
The Shadow Health Minister said that in an attempt to re-construct the Deputy Premier’s involvement in Cabinet decisions, Labor spin doctors were trying to con Queenslanders into believing Mr Lucas was in a coma for the last 11 years.
“Minister Lucas should read any number of reports from the Morris and Davies Commission of Inquiry to the Forster and Donald reviews. Most of the problems in our hospitals are the same – only worse,” Mr McArdle said.
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Queensland’s newly elected LNP leader John-Paul Langbroek has announced his shadow cabinet line-up today in an effort to better position the LNP against the Bligh Government.
Mr Langbroek will take on the arts portfolio to shadow Premier Anna Bligh, while Mr Springborg will be the shadow attorney-general. He will also be the Opposition’s spokesman on industrial relations and trade.
Tim Nicholls, who ran against Mr Langbroek for leader last week, will be the LNP’s Treasury spokesman, employment and economic development.
Former deputy leader Mark McArdle keeps the shadow health portfolio.
Backbenchers Glen Elmes from Noosa and Jack Dempsey from Bundaberg have both been promoted to the frontbench.
LNP SHADOW MINISTRY
Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for the Arts – John-Paul Langbroek
Deputy Leader of the Opposition/Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Trade – Lawrence Springborg
Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Employment and Economic Development – Tim Nicholls
Shadow Minister for Health – Mark McArdle
Shadow Minister for Public Works and Information and Communication Technology – Jann Stuckey
Leader of Opposition Business and Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy – Jeff Seeney
Shadow Minister for Police and Corrective Services – Vaughan Johnson
Shadow Minister for Emergency Services and Northern Development – Ted Malone
Shadow Minister for Education and Training – Bruce Flegg
Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland – Ray Hopper
Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads – Fiona Simpson
Shadow Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Partnerships – Howard Hobbs
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Planning – David Gibson
Shadow Minister for Community Services and Housing and Shadow Minister for Women – Rosemary Menkens
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability – Glen Elmes
Shadow Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs – Andrew Cripps
Shadow Minister for Tourism and Fair Trading – Ray Stevens
Shadow Minister for Child Safety and Shadow Minister for Sport – Jack Dempsey
Opposition Whip – Mike Horan
Opposition Deputy Whip – Rob Messenger
Gold Coast MP John Paul Langbroek is the first to put his hand up for the leadership of the LNP in Queensland.
Mr Langbroek, the Member for Surfers Paradise, is the first to state publicly he is considering putting his hand up for the top job.
Other likely contenders include current Deputy Mark McArdle, Shadow Treasurer Tim Nicholls and Fiona Simpson.
On Brisbane radio station 4BC today Mr Nicholls said ”we need to wait for the smoke to settle”, believing that a leader should be elected by the party when counting for each seat has been finalised.
With the launch of a nasty advertising campaign by Labor attacking LNP Deputy Leader Mark McArdle at the closing days it is more than clear that Bligh and Labor are in total damage control and will stop at nothing to win this election. But there’s one problem, the message isn’t being taken seriously by voters according to former Queensland President Graham Young.
Labor have turned nasty today, launching a smear campaign on LNP Deputy Leader Mark McArdle and his involvement in a failed investment company back in the 1990′s.
Here is a short list of disgraced Labor past and present ministers/members over recent years:
Queensland’s Deputy Premier, Jim Elder, has resigned from Cabinet after the state’s Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) requested an interview with him as part of its investigations into electoral fraud.