LNP leader to outline vision to ‘revitalise’ Queensland

William Ton |

LNP leader David Crisafulli will pitch his vision of a better Queensland to voters as he bids to end nine years of Labor rule in the upcoming state election.

Mr Crisafulli will deliver a speech to the party faithful at the annual LNP state conference on Sunday to spruik his party’s policies 111 days out from the October 26 poll.

The issues he is expected to target include cost of living support, budget restraint and investing in law and order.

Labor’s management of youth justice and crime have also been under the spotlight as crime rates spike within the state.

Mr Crisafulli has signalled his government would remove detention as a last resort for youth offenders and put the rights of victims ahead of the rights of offenders in sentencing provisions.

In health, the LNP leader has promised to make hospital data go live within 100 days of winning government, with federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton slamming state Labor’s record.

“Four years ago, the term ambulance ramping didn’t really register with the Queensland public, and yet today, ambulance ramping is at a record 45 per cent,” Mr Dutton told the conference on Saturday.

In his address, the opposition leader endorsed Mr Crisafulli as a thoughtful and practical leader who had a demonstrated plan to “end Queenslanders’ despair” with a vision to revitalise the state.

“The LNP’s policies are not only practical, they offer hope for Queenslanders that better times are ahead,” Mr Dutton said.

“We can achieve government because they respect a leader who has not only demonstrated a plan to end their despair, but a leader who has a vision to revitalise Queensland.”

Mr Dutton declared both federal and state LNP parties were in a strong position to win government but one issue the leaders disagree on is his policy to build reactors to supply nuclear energy.

Mr Crisafulli has repeatedly said nuclear energy isn’t part of his party’s plans, despite the federal coalition’s promotion of the technology.

Federal Labor minister Pat Conroy attempted to highlight the difference between the leaders, saying Mr Dutton’s policy was too “radioactive” even for his state counterpart.

Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman said she wondered how long the Queensland LNP could hold out against their federal nuclear supporters.

“It is ridiculous. It is by far the most expensive form of energy so it will be very interesting to see how David Crisafulli handles that with Peter Dutton,” she told reporters on Saturday.

In Queensland, nuclear reactors are banned under the Nuclear Facilities Prohibition Act 2007, which forbids the construction and operation of reactors and other facilities in the nuclear fuel cycle.