Regions must be fast-tracked to recovery

Friday 8 May, 2020

The LNP has called on the Palaszczuk Labor Government to fast-track the Prime Minister’s economic recovery plan in regions without any active coronavirus cases.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Prime Minister’s plan paved the way for the re-opening of Queensland’s economy and the protection of local jobs.

But she urged the Palaszczuk Labor Government to prioritise the lifting of restrictions in regions with very low or no active coronavirus cases, including Townsville, Mackay and Central Queensland.

“I welcome Scott Morrison’s leadership in delivering a roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions,” Ms Frecklington said.

“Business now has the roadmap and certainty it needs.

“However, it’s up to the Palaszczuk Labor Government to decide where and how quickly restrictions are eased.

“It makes no sense for regions that have not seen any new cases of covid-19 for weeks to remain locked down.

“There are over 200,000 Queenslanders out of work because of coronavirus and many others have taken pay cuts or are on forced leave. 

“This health crisis must not be allowed to become an economic crisis, with jobs lost needlessly in regional communities.

“The Premier must fast-track communities with low or no active cases through the roadmap to recovery.  

“There must be a common-sense approach to easing restrictions and saving jobs.

“A one-size-fits-all approach to lifting restrictions won’t work in a state as large and diverse as Queensland.”

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