LNP statement about their plans for Queensland. Check it out for yourself HERE.

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND PROTECTION AT WORK

Will you continue the long-standing commitment that there will be no forced retrenchments of public sector workers?

Under an LNP government there will be no forced retrenchments in our first term but we have indicated the need to have a ‘right sized’ public service in the future to ensure that the structures of government do improve front line service delivery and Labor’s unsustainable budget deficit is addressed. We would value the views of Together members input in achieving a sustainable, affordable and productive public sector to achieve the revitalised frontline services a future Queensland requires.

Will you restore a criteria-based mechanism for conversion of long-term temporary employees to permanent status?

The LNP is committed to a professional permanent public service which provides frank and fearless advice under a Westminster system of ministerial accountability. The LNP notes that the ALP abolished the criteria based process for transition for temporary employees that had been negotiated by Together members through a collective bargaining agreement and an LNP government would be happy to consider re-instating such a system as part of the broader public sector reform process outlined above.

Will you commit to a ensuring the Public Service Commission (PSC) plays an active role in protecting workers’ rights, including issuing and enforcing directives that clarify and enhance their individual protections, provide fairer disciplinary processes, and more effective resolution for workplace disputes?

The LNP values the work and professionalism of public sector workers and their unique employment arrangements. The LNP notes the current government has reneged on the agreement with Together as part of the last Core EB to reform the disciplinary processes with the public service and would constructively engage with Together on these issues. We see strong leadership from the Public Service Commission as essential to achieving the mutual need for productive and good value public sector.

Will you support wage increases that match increases in the cost of living?

We support fair wage outcomes in return for fair productivity improvements. It is premature to flag specific outcomes prior to engaging in proper enterprise bargaining, but we will deal with public sector wage negotiations in better faith than has been displayed by the current Government. We won’t be trying to impose unrealistic and arbitrary outcomes that negate good faith bargaining as has been the recent experience in Queensland.

ORGANISING RIGHTS

  1. Will you commit to maintain the existing rights of Together members as contained within collective agreements and commit to maintaining these provisions in their future collective agreements?
  2. In relation to the following specific provisions:
    1. Will you commit to continue allowing Together members to collectively organise as a union?
    2. Will you commit to regular, structured consultative meetings between Directors-General and Together representatives?
    3. Will you uphold the rights of Together workplace delegates within the workplace?
    4. Will you allow Together office staff to conduct briefings at inductions and meet with new starters?
    5. Will you continue the provision of payroll deductions for Together union fees?
    6. Will workers have the right to meet with and discuss union business with Together office staff at their workplace?

Mutually respectful consultation between senior management and unions is a practical and constructive way to do business. We respect the existing rights of the Together union and will agree to continue to include such rights in future collective bargaining agreements.

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND THE INDEPENDENT UMPIRE

Will you support the existing right of workers to collectively bargain with respect to wages and conditions?

The LNP acknowledges and respects employee’s rights to participate voluntarily in collective bargaining and respects the need for an independent umpire in the form of the QIRC.

Will you maintain an independent umpire in the form of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission, maintaining:

  1. Right to last resort arbitration; and
  2. An interventionist role for QIRC in dispute resolution?

The LNP acknowledges and respects employee’s rights to participate voluntarily in collective bargaining and respects the need for an independent umpire in the form of the QIRC. The LNP values the QIRC having a role in effective dispute resolution. While an LNP government will collectively bargain with Together members there will remain a role for the QIRC as an independent umpire for those occasions where agreement cannot be reached.

FOCUS ON SERVICES

Queensland Health

Will you commit to pursuing Queensland’s interests within a national efficient price framework by ensuring any such framework recognises the additional pricing issues associated with a large decentralised state?

All Queenslanders deserve the world’s best health care system and the LNP understands the challenges of delivering quality services in rural and regional Queensland, and the additional costs associated with regional service delivery, and we will fight for a fair go for all regional Queenslanders in any funding arrangements negotiated with the Commonwealth Government.

Will you guarantee that Pathology Queensland and Biomedical Technology Services will not be outsourced/contracted out or privatised?

Under an LNP government Pathology Queensland and Biomedical Technology Services will continue to be publicly owned and operated and Pathology Queensland will continue as the supplier of pathology services to the Local Area Health Networks.

Will you guarantee the current number of Health Practitioners within Queensland Health will not be reduced over the term of the Government?

While the important contributions of HP staff do not always receive the public recognition they deserve, the LNP understands the important role of Health Practitioners in the delivery of quality health services. The LNP is committed to maintaining the number of HP staff within Queensland Health.

Do you recognise the role of the Division of Chief Health Officer as a provider of frontline services?

The LNP is opposed to the current government determination that public health services are not frontline services. The LNP understands public health services are a vital part of the health continuum. Public health works need to be considered as “front line” in the on-going battle to reduce ill-health, improve good health and protect the whole community from health threats that expose the whole community to danger.

Communities

Will you protect Queensland in establishing a national efficient price framework with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?

The LNP supports the establishment of a National Disability Insurance Scheme but the LNP also understands the challenges of delivering quality services in rural and regional Queensland, and the additional costs associated with regional service delivery, and we will fight for a fair go for all regional Queenslanders in any funding arrangements negotiated with the Commonwealth Government.

Will you provide a guarantee with the NDIS that the Queensland government remains -

  1. The assessor of services?
  2. The regulator of services?
  3. Active in the provision of services?

While the LNP supports a National Disability Insurance Scheme, the proposals are not yet at a stage where commitments can be given about how such a scheme can operate. But before any scheme is adopted an LNP Government will commit to consult with the community and any affected staff and their unions about the implications of such a scheme.

Will you commit to resourcing Disability Services based on identified client needs?

The LNP is committed to a Disability Services scheme where the needs of the client are the focus.

Will you commit to a Disability Service system that supports regional flexibility and creativity in the delivery of services?

The LNP understands the valuable role of allied health professionals in providing disability services to the community and supports localised decision making in how services are provided.

Will you maintain the existing commitments to Child Safety caseload benchmarks and processes for resolving workload concerns?

The LNP is keen to improve front line service delivery within the Child Safety space and is opposed to the approach where individual staff have been made the scapegoat for the government’s failure to resource and manage the department. The LNP will support the caseload benchmarks and processes negotiated by Together members if they can be demonstrated to deliver improved outcomes for clients and staff.

Education and training

Will you guarantee a centrally approved and funded model for public servants within schools?

The LNP values the contribution to the school community made by non-teaching staff. The LNP supports choice in education – underpinned by a strong, vibrant and quality state education system. We have announced our intention to introduce a voluntary Independent Public School model for up to 120 school communities who choose to participate in our first term. Notably staff will remain within the Education Queensland enterprise bargaining and funding framework. The LNP is committed to centrally approved and funded model for public servants in all other schools.

Will you develop a centralised staffing and resourcing model for allied health professionals in Education?

The LNP values the role of allied health professionals in the school community and the help they provide to Queensland children. The LNP is committed to improving frontline staffing and resources and will review the staffing and funding model of allied health professionals as part of that commitment.

Will you commit to retain and increase the number of public servants within schools?

We are committed to improving frontline staffing and resources - within schools and we will work with constructive unions in achieving that outcome.

Justice system

Will you provide for a case-based funding model for the Director of Public Prosecutions funding?

The problems within the justice system by the failure of the government to adequately resource the DPP are well-documented and long-standing. The LNP supports the independent role that both the DPP and Legal Aid provide in ensuring a ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’ justice system.

We do not support Labor’s attack on civil proceedings fees and we do not support cuts to funding either of our key agencies. No one’s interests are served, either victim or defendants without a well supported justice system. We will be releasing more details on our specific justice policy commitments prior to the election.

Will you provide a case-based funding model for Legal Aid?

(The LNP gave a single answer to all questions in the “Justice System” section. See first response)

Will you reinstate funding for a Legal Aid contact centre?

(The LNP gave a single answer to all questions in the “Justice System” section. See first response)

Police

Will you reinstate the Queensland Police Service ‘civilianisation’ public service positions?

The LNP has taken a strong stance in relation to resources for frontline policing services - including those civilian staff that immediately support frontline services. We are committed to bolstering frontline services and will make more details available between now and the election.

Will you reinstate the Queensland Police Service ‘growth’ public service positions?

(The LNP gave a single answer to all questions in the “Police” section. See first response)

Will you reinstate funding, earmarked for staffing purposes, for the other 250 positions?

(The LNP gave a single answer to all questions in the “Police” section. See first response)

Will you benchmark the ratio of staff members to police officers across the QPS, excepting corporate service areas?

(The LNP gave a single answer to all questions in the “Police” section. See first response)

Corrections

Will you guarantee adequate funding correctional centres across the state as necessary to ensure no doubling up of prisoners in cells?

The LNP will ensure our frontline prison staff are supported in the very important job they play in protecting Queenslanders from some of the most dangerous criminals. We believe it is intolerable that under Labor whole prisons have been mothballed while prisoners are doubled up on the floor in others. We will continue to ensure our prison system is well managed so that the kinds of bed shortages we currently see under Labor do not occur.