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$50m campaign to restore Queensland status as top destination in the nation

Decision 2020

The election campaign is anything but a holiday for LNP leader Deb Frecklington, who continues to face tough questions.

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In the seat of Keppel this morning, Frecklington announced an LNP government would spend $50 million on a “destinational blitz” to support the regions.

Frecklington said the regions had struggled during the pandemic and recession, partly because the Palaszczuk Government had previously allowed Victoria to become a bigger tourist drawcard than Queensland.

She reiterated her stance on the Queensland border restrictions, saying they should not be “set and forget” and must be lifted as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, Frecklington said it was important to continue to support the regions that were dependent on tourism.

“Queensland must regain its title as the destination of choice for Australians,” Frecklington said.

However, Frecklington was again unwilling to say where the funding for the commitment would come from, and would not be drawn on whether the LNP would rely on borrowings as Labor has done throughout its campaign.

“We’ll release our costings when all of our announcements have been made,” Frecklington said.

While postal votes and prepolls mean many Queenslanders will vote before the last week of the campaign, when costings are traditionally released, Frecklington said “voters are welcome to vote after we release it”.

“That’s up to the people of Queensland,” Frecklington said, not specifically calling on people to delay their vote.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Labor colleagues have characterised the lack of LNP costings at this point in the campaign as proof a Frecklington government would cut public services and jobs. Palaszczuk today sought to remind voters their choice was between “stability and chaos”.

After revelations a former LNP member, suspended for making racist comments, was still volunteering to help the LNP’s Redcliffe candidate, Frecklington said the man’s views remained “abhorrent”.

“I represent a community of Indigenous people, my husband works every day to protect Indigenous Queenslanders,” said Frecklington, the member for Nanango.

Frecklington said thousands of Queenslanders were volunteering on the LNP campaign but she did not approve his involvement and it would not continue.

As the leader of a party with a significant Christian membership base, Frecklington has also had to answer campaign questions about abortion (an LNP government would review the laws), euthanasia (LNP members would be allowed a conscience vote) and, today, whether the Lord’s Prayer should be said before parliament sittings (Frecklington said it was appropriate).

“This is an exciting campaign and we’ve been making incredible announcements to get Queenslanders working again,” Frecklington said.

“We know the Labor Government have got no budget and no plan for Queensland.”

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