Spiralling electricity costs will continue – driven mostly by high costs of infrastructure and attempts to lower carbon emissions. To achieve an emissions reduction target of 26 to 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030, the government has set a Renewable Energy Target of 23 per cent. The cost of setting this target will be reflected in higher electricity costs for households, which will hurt families, and for business, which will cost jobs. Read more

National Security

Any government’s first priority is to protect its citizens. Terrorism and violent extremism is a growing threat worldwide and events in Australia have proved we are not immune. Lax border security and weak immigration character tests have left Australia vulnerable to home-grown security threats. New laws allow holders of dual citizenship to be stripped of their Australian citizenship if they plan or commit acts of terrorism or join foreign armies. Read more

Water Infrastructure

North Queensland has not seen significant water infrastructure construction since Joh Bjelke-Petersen was the Premier. The Liberal National Government has provided the funds needed to get several water projects moving in North Queensland. These include Urannah Dam, Hell’s Gate Dam, raising the Burdekin Falls Dam wall and upgrading the Burdekin-Haughton channel. Read more

Foreign Ownership

Australia has a long history of foreign investment and continues to need capital inflow for establishing and growing business and industry. But recent governments have allowed foreign purchases of assets that do not create new jobs or new business. These purchases are nothing more than a transfer of ownership offshore. Read more