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  • signed Queensland's children can't wait 2017-04-19 06:18:33 +1000

    Queensland's children can't wait

    Child safety is everyone’s business, and as community members we recognise the role that we have to play. However, Child Safety Services have an important and particular role in keeping Queensland's children safe from harm.

    As a community, we believe our responsibility to ensure that our children have safe and healthy upbringings is one of the most important there is.

    Child Safety Services do an extremely difficult job with resources that do not match the community's needs. Child Safety Services is our last line of defence for harm against children, and we need to properly resource the department so that its workers can do their job to the best of their ability. We call upon you to listen to the workers that know best about how to support our at-risk children and families, and implement a funding model that supports them.

    Queensland's children can't wait.

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  • commented on Privatisation: Coming to an Area Near You? 2014-05-23 08:14:48 +1000 · Flag
    Having moved to Queensland from New Zealand 5 years ago I see that the PPP (public/private partnership) funding model that is a key part of NZ politicians’ privatisation-by-stealth modus operandi is alive and well (or should that be alive and sick?) here.
    e.g. Perth’s new Fiona Stanley Hospital has international corporate greedy Serco raking in the millions while stuffing up the project big-time. Recent developments include long delays in the hospital’s opening while Serco have around 200 staff there whose “duties” include “welcoming” people (but no patients until next March!). The delays have cost over $300 million including over $ 50 million extra for Serco. Now the W.A. government has had to cut Serco out of major management areas and return them to the health department – who should obviously have had them in the first place. Crazy or what?
    Serco – and a whole horde of corporate vultures are getting in on similar acts around the world. The U.K health system is a prime target and has caused untold wastage and chaos there. And still the politicians tell us that PPP funding is the way to go. The ultimate hypocrisy in NZ politics is that the current health minister, Tony Ryall, has announced that he will leave parliament at the elections later this year and is looking forward to going into what he describes as the “dynamic” private sector. No wonder he issued all the district health boards with the instruction to consider PPP funding of their building projects. Should be some lucrative openings for him with the contacts he takes into the private sector!
    David Tranter

  • answered no 2014-04-16 17:08:44 +1000
    Q: Should the government use taxpayer funds to fund an ad campaign supporting privatisation?
    A: no

    Pollie Pay Choices

    The Queensland government is spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on an ad campaign to convince Queenslanders that the selloff of our public assets would be a "strong choice."

    They’ve even included a website and survey tool designed to make it look like privatisation is a good idea, and the only way to pay for services and to pay off debt that is supposedly "unsustainable."

    But their website doesn’t tell the whole story, and the choices it allows you to make are only the ones the government wants you to make.

    For example, it doesn’t give you the option of making the "strong choice" to refuse the pollie pay rises delivered by the "independent" tribunal – a move that would save Queenslanders many millions of dollars that could be used to fund vital services.

    We’re asking for the Treasurer to:

    • refuse the massive politicians’ pay increase;
    • be honest and open, put the full facts on the table;
    • focus on getting services for Queenslanders, not on spending taxpayer money to support a "listening" campaign when you have already made up your mind.

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