Monday, 24 September 2012

Statement on Liberal National Party cuts in the Griffith Electorate

Mr Rudd congratulates Dr Bill Glasson on his appointment by the Liberal National Party.
When asked on radio this morning did he support the cutting of 4,140 jobs from Queensland health, the Liberal National Party candidate said “Well, um, ah, I know that, um, Can I say that Can Do has to do, Can Do was given a task of sorting out the financials, or part of the financials of the state out, and he’s doing that...”
When asked again about the cuts, he said “It’s my job to get out there and explain to people why Can Do, Campbell Can Do, had to do what he had to do...”
Therefore, the question for the Liberal National Party candidate, is does he support the axing of 4,140 jobs from the Queensland health service and, does he support the Liberal National Party’s proposal to cut jobs to the organ donation service which operates out of the PA Hospital?
Mr Rudd is proud of his record of delivering for the electorate and people of Griffith -
  • Delivered $88 million worth of upgrades and new facilities to 38 primary schools in the electorate – 124 projects across 44 schools – including 17 new libraries and 25 new multipurpose halls
  • Over 7,365 computers for 17 Southside schools
  • Ensured record levels of federal funding for 3 of Brisbane’s biggest hospitals - Greenslopes, PA and Mater Hospital
  • Supporting 14,000 small businesses in Griffith through –
    • increased tax-free threshold to $18,000
    • Increase in the instant asset tax write off from $1,000 to $6,500
    • Since 2007, businesses across Southside have received more than $7.1 million in AusIndustry funding
    • More than 5,400 apprentices and trades people now have access to training payments and employer incentive programs
  • Invested more than $78 million into 274 new social housing projects
  • More than 1,800 refurbished social housing projects
  • Delivered more than $46 million through the Social Housing Initiative to build Common Ground -  146 units, half for individuals experiencing homelessness and half for low to moderate income earners
  • Coordinated more than 350 volunteers to assist more than thousands of Southside residents during the 2011 Floods
  • More than $1 million towards Financial Management Program to support emergency financial counselling and support services across 11 local groups including Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and Cannon Hill Family Support Centre
  • More than $6 million towards organisations across Griffith to deliver Family Support Program to support vulnerable and disadvantaged families
  • More than $6.9 million towards Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Donated 836 Rudd Bikes to help raise more than $627,000 for local schools and community groups
  • Assisted more than 24,000 constituents with federal government concerns including Centrelink, ATO and Veterans’ Affairs
  • Sponsored more than 580 academic, sporting and cultural awards across 65 Southside schools
  • Funded new Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Gardens at Bulimba State School, Cannon Hill State School and West End State School
  • Prevented local people from losing their jobs and unemployment hitting more than 10 per cent as happened in many other countries during the Global Financial Crisis
  • Ensured boost to retirement savings for 56,370 Southside workers by increasing the superannuation guarantee from 9% to 12%
  • $600 Carer Supplement to more than 1,630 local families
  • Lead the charge for the first ever Paid Parental Leave Scheme now benefiting 1,200 Griffith families
  • Delivered more than $5 million in Child Care Tax Rebates for 5,970 Griffith families
  • 4,100 Griffith families eligible for $410 a year for kids in primary school and $820 a year for kids in high school
  • More than $2 million in Education Tax Refund payments for 4,200 Griffith families
  • Since 2007, delivered 164 programs totalling more than $5.7 million to support business innovation in Griffith
  • Since 2007, delivered 6 programs totalling more than $920,000 to support manufacturing industries in Griffith
  • Delivered $7.5 million towards our first ever GP Super Clinic in Annerley
  • $6 million for new first-class surgery equipment for the PA Hospital
  • $13 million to establish a new clinical training centre at Greenslopes Private Hospital
  • $2.42 million towards staff support and student training at Greenslopes Private Hospital
  • $1.1 million towards emergency medicine training support at Greenslopes Private Hospital
  • $40 million to construct a Translational Research Institute at the PA Hospital to help research cervical cancer, diabetes and musculoskeletal disease
  • Established the PA Hospital Organ and Tissue Donation Service
  • $7.5 million to the Prostate Cancer Research Centre at the PA
  • $18.5 million towards a new medical research centre including clinical research facilities at PA and Mater Hospitals
  • Since 2011, delivered $5.84 million to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Service at Woolloongabba
  • Established Medicare Locals, including Metro South
  • More than $2.1 million in 2011-2012 alone towards six respite services under the National Respite for Carers Program
  • Delivered historic pension reform to support 14,300 seniors across the Southside
  • Since 2007, single pensioners on the maximum rate are now more than $4,000 a year better off
  • Since 2007, ensured an additional $5.8 billion towards aged care funding
  • Delivered more than $2.2 million in Black Spot funding for local roads
  • Honoured 339 community volunteers at annual Griffith Australia Day Awards
  • Supported thousands of applications for community grants
Mr Rudd will continue to deliver for his electorate.


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