Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert and Dawson MP George Christensen.
Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert and Dawson MP George Christensen.

This week’s political news in 5 minutes

WITH less than four months to go until Queenslanders head to the polls, politicians have hit the pavement to get their message out to the masses.

Here are the major things they said and did this week:

Andrew says gel blasters are good for kids

MIRANI MP Stephen Andrew defended the right for children to possess gel blasters during a debate on the Corrective Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 in parliament.

Mr Andrew said the bill would reclassify gel blasters as restricted items.

He said fines would be a more appropriate way to restrict the toy guns.

"The best thing about gel blasters is that they take young kids away from their screens," the MP said.

"People are on their screens all the time and gel blasters give kids an opportunity not to be.

"They should be able to go out and play with them, as long as it is not affecting anyone."

Stephen Andrew defends kids’ right to have gel blasters.
Stephen Andrew defends kids’ right to have gel blasters.

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Gilbert backs JobKeeper extension

MACKAY MP Julieanne Gilbert joined the chorus of voices calling on the Federal Government to extend the JobKeeper payment.

She threw her support behind a motion in state parliament this week, calling for its extension.

"Like all other Queenslanders, locals in my region want to have the dignity of supporting themselves and contributing to their community through work," Mrs Gilbert said.

"I have spoken to many businesses in my community, and they are relying on JobKeeper to keep their doors open and their well-trained staff employed."

Official reopening of Queens Park

MACKAY'S Queens Park was officially reopened today following the completion of $8.8 million in state-funded revitalisation works.

Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert said the project had provided an employment boost to the city, with more than 50 local jobs supported during redevelopment.

Upgrades included a new entrance, an off-leash dog park, a makeover of the Orchid House and extra shelters and barbecues.

Mayor Greg Williamson and Julieanne Gilbert are joined by Lucy to cut the ribbon at Queens Park.
Mayor Greg Williamson and Julieanne Gilbert are joined by Lucy to cut the ribbon at Queens Park.

Black lung disease back in focus

OPPOSITION mines spokesman Dale Last has called on the State Government to "dust off" the records that show the implementation of recommendations from the Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis (black lung) inquiry.

It comes after an Auditor-General's report found 27 recommendations from the inquiry had not been implemented.

But Director-General James Purtill noted the government had supported or supported in principle all 68 recommendations of the inquiry.

'Dead people being transported more than 1000km'

MACKAY families grieving the loss of loved ones are being forced to wait to bury them due to a shortage of pathologists based in the city.

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan aired the allegations during question time in Queensland Parliament this week, where he asked Deputy Premier Steven Miles about his knowledge of the matter.

Mr Costigan said there was a shortage of pathologists in North Queensland and a lack of localised autopsy services in Mackay.

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan. Picture: Supplied
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan. Picture: Supplied

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Christensen sees red as greenies target Urannah Dam

MACKAY leaders have launched a defensive against "extreme green activists" who they claim have made the Urannah Dam their new target.

Dawson MP George Christensen and Capricornia MP Michelle Landry have warned the activist groups were collecting funds to launch an attack on the water scheme.

They have hit back by launching a petition to get the region behind their 'Build Urannah' campaign.