The last week of Parliament sitting last week brought some late nights with a lot to be finalised before the end of the year.
Highlights of the week were:
•The LNP announcing that a future LNP government will implement ‘No Body, No Parole’ laws in Queensland. This means that convicted killers who fail to tell authorities where they have dumped a body will be refused parole under a tough new LNP policy aimed at empowering victims not offenders. The news was welcomed by Bruce and Denise Morcombe who said it was a huge win for victims and their families!
•The turning on of the Parliamentary Christmas Tree lights!
•Standing up against violence against women with my parliamentary colleagues – White Ribbon Day 2016.
•Debate on the Taxi Industry Assistance Package. This bill is flawed and botched and is a real kick in the guts to taxi and limo operators. The LNP also welcomes competition but there must be fair compensation and a fair and level playing field for the personalised transport industry and I am working with providers for a fairer go.
On returning to the electorate on Friday morning, I attended the Elimbah Excellence Parade and was honoured to present the award for Dux of the school to Emelia from year 6. Then it was off to Beerburrum State School for a pizza party with the year two class. The winner of my Christmas Artwork Competition this year was Andre De Clara who not only won a prize for himself, but he also won a pizza party for his whole class. Well done Andre and thanks kids for the fun at lunch.
The Glasshouse Country RSL recently picked up $12,500 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund to install solar panels so it was great to catch up with them and discuss their plans.
Another school event to finish off my Friday and it was a huge night, full of brilliant kids, dance, drama and carols at the Peachester State School Awards Night.
Ironically on Saturday night a storm took out the power at the official turning on of the WoW – Windows of Woodford illuminated art boxes. Regardless, it’s a brilliant project and brain child of the Woodford Lions, ably supported by the Woodford Folk Festival and Cr Adrian Raedel. If you haven’t seen them yet, go and take it look. They look great.
Not even an almighty storm could stop Crystal and Fred Peters and the Stoney Creek Rural Fire Brigade from holding their Christmas bash on Saturday night too!