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Parliamentary Speeches

Here you will find all of the speeches I have given in the Parliament since being elected in 2006. These speeches include speeches on local topics, legislation and speeches about the portfolio I held in the 54th Parliament where I was the Minister for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier

2017 Parliamentary Speeches


2017 Parliamentary Speeches


PARLIAMENTARY SPEECHES - 2017



EXTRACT FROM HANSARD:    PRIVATE MEMBERS’ STATEMENTS -   CQ University, 12 Oct 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.33 pm): I rise this afternoon to talk about the great work CQ University is doing in my electorate of Noosa and how this world-class training facility is set to expand and offer the community new, well-paid full-time employment opportunities through training. read more

 

EXTRACT FROM HANSARD: WASTE REDUCTION AND RECYCLING AMENDEMNT BILL 5 SEPT 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (5.30 pm): I rise today to express my personal satisfaction that the Queensland parliament has at long last agreed to implement a ban on single-use plastic bags and introduce a container refund scheme. While we trail other states and many countries around the world, this legislation will not only achieve obvious environmental outcomes; it will arrest a staggering acceptance that waste is an unavoidable by-product of living in the 21st century. read more ...

 

Extract from Hansard:   Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill 22 Aug 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.59 pm): I rise to speak against the Trading (Allowable Hours) Amendment Bill 2017. As a dutiful parliamentarian I wrote this speech and when I look at the top page it has ‘May 2017’. I have been waiting for so long to deliver this speech that the pages of my speech are starting to go yellow with age. I thought the bill was lost in the mists of time. The only reason it was lost in the mists of time—or certainly headed that way—was that we have had a bill presented to this parliament that was ill conceived, was flawed from start to finish and there were all sorts of problems with it. The government decided some months ago that there was no way in the wide world it was going to get it through, so what did it do?   read more
 

EXTRACT FROM HANSARD - THURSDAY 10 August 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (5.48 pm): I rise tonight to register my support for the community of Pomona, who strongly reject plans by Queensland Rail to potentially close Pomona’s railway foot crossing, a crossing that has connected the town for more than 100 years. On Tuesday I submitted the ‘don’t divide Pomona’ petition, which has been signed by 1,498 residents—more than half the country town’s population—sending the message loud and clear to Queensland Rail that their pedestrian crossing must be retained. The foot crossing connects the community with the main street where residents work, shop, dine and connect. It is located where it is because it evolved from a logical access and the natural flow of daily local life.  read more

 

Extract from Hansard – Wednesday 9th August 2017

Mr Elmes (Noosa—LNP) (5.57 pm): I rise to speak on the Corrective Services (No Body, No Parole) Amendment Bill 2017. These are important reforms that will strengthen our parole system and support the families of victims of crime. Read More

 

Extract from Hansard - Thursday 16th June 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.33 am): I rise to speak on the 2017 state budget appropriation bills. The kindest thing that can be said about this budget and this Treasurer is that he does not try to hide the government’s deception. In pre-budget interviews, in the budget lock-up and in the promotional blitz he admitted that this is a pre-election budget, that many of the fiscal outcomes contained in the budget are aspirational and that most of the capital works funding in this budget is directed towards Labor held seats. Read more

 

Extract from Hansard – Wednesday 14th June 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.39 pm): I rise to pay my respects to the family and friends of the late Gordon Simpson, the member for Cooroora from 1974 to 1989. I first met Gordon in 1985 when I moved to the Sunshine Coast. I was always inspired by his dedication to the job and to his constituents. I was impressed with his extraordinary passion for his beliefs. He was ever present and I personally took note of his ability and drive to be out and about and actively involved throughout his electorate. Read more

 

Extract from Hansard, Wednesday 24 May 2017:

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.40 pm): I rise to speak to the Transport and Other Legislation (Personalised Transport Reform) Amendment Bill. This bill is indicative of the challenges we as law-makers face in the 21st century as technology clashes with tradition and established practices are threatened by the novelty and efficiency of newer processes. Read more

 

Extract from Hansard – Wednesday 23 March, 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (11.57 pm): I rise tonight to contribute to the cognate debate on the Bail (Domestic Violence) and Another Act Amendment Bill 2017 and the Victims of Crime Assistance and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. It is my view very definitely that there is no debate to be had. The LNP’s bill should be passed tonight so that we can send, as a parliament, a strong message to the perpetrators of domestic violence to help to end family violence and its devastating effect on individual members of those families.   Read more  

 

EXTRACT FROM HANSARD - TUESDAY 21 MARCH 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (4.53 pm): I rise this afternoon to speak about the proposed Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016 and how essential it is for this and indeed all legislation to reflect current community standards and expectations, remove prejudice and discrimination, and include watertight provisions for police and the judiciary to enforce and uphold the law and to make the people—all people—in our community safe as they move around doing their business and having some fun and relaxation wherever it is that they may go.    Read more

 

Extract from Hansard – Wednesday 15th February 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.24 pm): I agree with the member for Gladstone. I was not aware that Fay Owens had passed away. She was a remarkable woman.

I rise tonight to call upon the Minister for Transport to correct an impending public transport bungle and make provision for the residents in my electorate of Noosa to access the new $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital via an adequate public transport service.   read more

 

Extract from Hansard – Tuesday 14 February 2017

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (5.12 pm): I rise to speak on the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) (Offensive Advertisement) Amendment Bill 2016 or it is probably better termed for what it is and that is the Wicked Campers bill. This company has certainly been thumbing their nose at any reasonable attempt by either the public or the government to bring them into line. This is not something that is new to this parliament. I recall in 2012 then Premier Anna Bligh calling on Queenslanders to boycott this company. In 2013 the whole matter was referred to the Health and Community Services Committee. They handed down report No. 36 on 31 January 2014.  read more

 

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2016 Parliamentary Speeches


2016 Parliamentary Speeches


Parliamentary Speeches 2016

Adjournment,  Tuesday 1 November, 2016

Sunshine Butterflies

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (6.55 pm): I rise tonight to share a remarkable story of how the will and determination of one person has changed the lives of hundreds living with a disability in my electorate of Noosa. I speak of Sunshine Butterflies, a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation, established in 2005 by Leanne Walsh whose son has cerebral palsy.

Sunshine Butterflies supports people of all ages living with a disability and their families through a number of programs, including arts and crafts, swimming, social clubs, support groups as well as case management and NDIS advice. Following an extensive fundraising effort two years ago the charity purchased a five-acre property at Cooroibah that would become a hobby farm and central location of services. I table the master plan for Our BackYard which shows the scale and intent of this truly remarkable community facility.  read more

 

Debate,  12th October, 2016

Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill

 Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (10.15 pm): I rise to make a very short contribution to the debate on the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill. The amendments and the legislation that we are talking about tonight are very important in terms of the care and compassion that we as Queenslanders can show for people, whether they are friends or relatives, who are suffering great pain as a result of the illnesses that they have. In a world that is rapidly changing in every possible way, the inevitability of death remains constant. We are living longer courtesy of advances in medical treatments, but for some the side effects are so unbearable that lifesaving or life-extending treatments are denied, placing families, carers and health professionals in excruciating predicaments. read more
 

Adjournment, 15 September 2015

Katie Rose Cottage

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (6.43 pm): On 16 November 2011 I rose in the parliament to speak about the fine work being done in a community hospice in my electorate, Katie Rose Cottage. The hospice model was developed by Terry Clarke-Burrows and Sue Story and has been supported by a very large and passionate group of volunteers who did it all, from mowing lawns, helping in the admin office, giving their time in the op shops across the Sunshine Coast and donating goods and services.

Katie Rose Cottage provided services for terminally ill adults, children and their carers and this organisation was embraced not only by the Noosa community but by families in need much further afield.  read more
 

Private Members Statements:  15 September 2016  

Noosa Electorate -Beckmans Road

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.41 pm): It is time for this government to pay attention to the needs of the Sunshine Coast and in particular my electorate of Noosa, and not just those communities that belong to its own sitting members.

In the 10 years I have had the honour of representing the people of Noosa and the seven years at the perilous hands of a Labor government, the only change in Noosa—which was far from an improvement—was the unwanted and forced arranged marriage with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, which is why, I suggest, the wary constituents of Noosa voted Labor third at the last two state elections.   read more
 

Private Members' Statements -  Thursday 1 September 2016

Koalas

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.33 pm): I would like to take this opportunity to address some of the flippant remarks about protecting koalas in their environment made by the Minister for Environment regarding the comparison of policies between the previous LNP government and this increasingly irrelevant Labor government.  read more
 

Cognate Debate:  Wednesday 31 August 2016

Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms)
Amendment Bill 2016

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.02 pm): I think we would all agree that lifesaving legislation, by its very nature, must be implemented as a matter of urgency. I also expect most reasonable people would agree that a 10-year time frame to fully implement such legislation is far from expedient nor is it satisfactory.

After reading the Fire and Emergency Services (Domestic Smoke Alarms) Amendment Bill 2016 it appears this government clearly has a lot to say about best case scenarios. However, the actual law is once again overshadowed by glaring gaps in logic. Serious questions must be asked as to the way in which the bill is to be rolled out and, more importantly, concerns raised about the government’s naivety as to how the mandatory requirements of the bill will be taken up by Queenslanders.  read more
 

Debate:  18 August, 2016

Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill, 

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.39 pm): I rise to speak on the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. I know one thing for sure about this bill and that is that its purpose is not evidence based. Rather it has been designed by the Palaszczuk government to appease the greens, notably those who live in the south-east corner of the state.  read more

 

18 August 2016 - here's the real story of Vegetation Management in Queensland, in a speech delivered by Andrew Cripps:


Extract from Hansard Wednesday 17 August 2016 – Andrew Cripps, Shadow Minister for Natural Resources and Mines and Shadow Minister for Northern Development

Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 17 Aug 2016

Mr CRIPPS (Hinchinbrook—LNP) (10.32 pm): The introduction of this bill into the House on 17 March this year was an act of calculated political retribution. It was the culmination of a series of dishonest actions by the Palaszczuk government. In the five months since its introduction, Labor and the greens have mounted a concerted campaign of scaremongering, contrived misinformation and outright untruths. This legislation was conceived exclusively between Labor and the greens, despite the Palaszczuk government giving repeated undertakings to rural stakeholder groups that they would be consulted. That never happened. In the end, at the recent estimates committee hearings, we had the portfolio minister, the Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, shrug his shoulders with indifference about this lack of consultation.   read more

2016 Budget in Reply

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.55 pm): This budget shows the government up for what they are: short of economic ability, devoid of any vision—

They are lacking in any courage to take the necessary decisions to make Queensland a better state. The Treasurer portrays the budget as building on the success of the past 17 months. That is not setting a very high bar, because very little has happened in the past 17 months. Certainly there has been no building on what little success the government might try to claim. The Treasurer also claims that the budget is pragmatic about the challenges that lie ahead, but being pragmatic implies actually doing something practical to address the issue.  read more

Noosa Electorate, Queensland Day

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (11.37 pm): I want to congratulate each of the hardworking, selfless volunteers who on Queensland Day were rewarded and honoured at the inaugural Noosa electorate Queensland Day awards. The birth of Queensland on 6 June 1859 resulted from a clear vision for independence and identity, in much the same way as communities grow and define themselves over time. Communities can be small or large, they can be geographically or interest based, they can be physical or virtual. All of them have one thing in common—that is, without the work of volunteers, they would struggle to survive.  read more

Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation

It is appropriate on National Sorry Day to highlight a great success story for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I refer to the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation that was set up by the Beattie government as reparation under what is known as stolen wages.   read more

2016 Vegetation Management Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.22 am): I rise tonight to support the amendment to the motion that was moved a lot earlier by the member for Mermaid Beach. I will try in my short contribution to stick to some dates and some time lines.   read more

Private Members' Statement:   Retiring Mayors

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.33 pm): In light of the local government elections due to take place this Saturday, I take this opportunity to mention two retiring mayors, one from my second favourite place in Queensland, Emerald, and the other from my home of Noosa. This Saturday, my very good friend Peter Maguire, known universally as Maggot, will retire after 28 years in local government, on both the Emerald Shire Council and the Central Highlands Regional Council, the last 16 of those as mayor. Emerald and the region owes Peter Maguire an enormous debt for his service and promotion of a community I love dearly.

I also thank and highlight my deep personal regard for retiring Noosa mayor, Noel Playford. Noel was the chairman of the Noosa Shire Council between 1988 and 1997. He thought he had retired from public life until the Bligh government and, in particular, then Treasurer Andrew Fraser decided that they would meddle in our local community affairs and forcefully amalgamate Noosa into the Sunshine Coast Council.   read more 

Multicultural Recognition Bill 2016

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (3.34 pm): This afternoon I rise to speak about the Multicultural Recognition Bill 2015. Before I start, I congratulate the member for Brisbane Central not only on her elevation to the ministry but also on becoming the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. I know that she has a great passion for the portfolio and I know she will be a great minister.   read more 

Wesley Care Tewantin

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (8.56 pm): All members in this place have stories of local community groups who stand out from the crowd because of their commitment and spirit of caring. Each community has a unique character and each is special in its own way. Essential ingredients of these communities are the local organisations whose efforts, caring and concern show us how to be a better community from within.  read more

Tewantin TAFE Facility

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (4.05 pm): I could not let the opportunity pass by this afternoon to talk about TAFE and its importance in our educational system. I am very pleased the minister is here to listen to what I intend to say. She would know that I have made two very interesting offers to her this week— read more

2015 Parliamentary Speeches


2015 Parliamentary Speeches


2015 Parliamentary Speeches

Single-use Plastic Bags 2015

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (10.15 pm): Last week I met with a concerned group of Noosa residents who came to my electorate office and presented me with the results of their campaign to get rid of single-use plastic bags. This campaign is being spearheaded by the Noosa Community Biosphere Association, who have been extremely active in securing support from members of the local, national and even international communities. Support has been received from the local business community and local organisations as well as the Noosa council and mayor, Tourism Noosa, Australia Zoo and Bob Irwin. Thirteen hundred signatures were collected in short order, and for the benefit of the House I table the nonconforming petition and letters of support.      read more
 

FRC Amendment Bill 2015

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (3.56 pm): I rise to speak for a few minutes on the Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2015. I will not go into too much detail on the bill because the Treasurer and minister certainly set out the objectives of the bill very well, along with the history of it and where it is going with the amendments being debated today. As has been said, and it is worth repeating, there are a few triggers that already exist—that is, failing to send children to school, coming to the notice of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services on account of alleged harm to children, an offence before the Children’s Court, a tenancy agreement breakdown or using the premises for an illegal purpose. This bill seeks to put in a specific clause with regard to domestic violence. Unfortunately, anyone who has spent some time in these communities knows that domestic violence is very prevalent and as such having a specific trigger coming under the FRC I think is a very much a step in the right direction. This applies to people who are on welfare so that income management can be taken into consideration.    read more

Noosa TAFE Ownership speech

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.02 pm): I rise to speak about what was the Noosa TAFE college and wish to express my sincere ongoing concern regarding the current ownership, management and maintenance of this facility. The Noosa TAFE was constructed in 2004 with widespread community support. The government of the day, supported by the then Noosa council and a group of supporters, decided to build the TAFE college on a very environmentally sensitive piece of land. Council and the community also decided that in the main it would be an arts based facility.    read more

CCIQ Noosa

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.47 pm): Noosa is home to people who overwhelmingly have made a  conscious decision to move into our community and contribute to its ongoing prosperity. One organisation  which over the last few years has made great strides in showcasing itself in the Noosa community at large is CCIQ Noosa. Under the excellent stewardship of past president, Sarah Fisher, and the new president, Peter Chenoweth, the Noosa chamber hosted in July of this year their inaugural best practice forum which I attended.   read more

Question about Multicultural Employment

Mr ELMES: My question without notice is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Will the minister commit to extending the work the former LNP government did with Access Community Services in order to ensure we secure more industry partnerships to help newly arrived Queenslanders into work?  read more

Tourism Noosa

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.31 am): I rise to congratulate the 584 business partners, the scores of volunteers, the board and the staff of Tourism Noosa. Tourism Noosa is an organisation which consistently achieves extraordinary outcomes and compares well with other similar bodies far larger and with far greater financial backing.    read more

Qld Budget 2015 - Address in Reply

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.45 pm): I rise to speak in response to the Governor's official opening address to this 55th Parliament of Queensland. It is an honour for me to be here for a fourth term representing the people of Noosa. There is no greater honour than to be elected and, I hope, trusted by one's community to represent them in this place. With this comes the work to maintain the trust, as one is then judged on the successes and judged on the failures. I thank the people of Noosa for placing their trust in me again and I pledge to serve them so that the interests of Noosa are given due regard in the proceedings of this parliament.   read more

Industrial Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.20 pm): I rise to oppose the Industrial Relations (Restoring Fairness) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015. While I am on my feet tonight I will expose the toadying relationship the current government has with its union masters. Those of us on this side of the House are interested in the welfare of Public Service employees; not just those, however, who are union members. What hypocrisy that this bill dares to mention restoring fairness as part of its title. What it is restoring is the rights of union heavyweights to run this state as they did to different degrees under previous Labor administrations. Whatever the faults of the Beattie and Bligh governments, and there were many, they pale into insignificance when compared to the weakness of this union-controlled and dominated government.    read more

Noosa, Election Commitments

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (6.43 pm): Since the election of the new Labor government on 31 January, a number of Noosa residents have talked to me about the fulfilment of commitments that I gave during the lead-up to the election. The stand-out for me and my electorate would have been the establishment of a fund that would have allowed the state government and the Noosa Council in partnership to clean up the Noosa River and maintain it as South-East Queensland’s cleanest waterway. Given the election outcome, I will now be looking to achieve this essential project for my community through other means. However, there are some individuals and groups in the community who, while fully understanding the political system but acting through political motivation, pushed the line that an undertaking given by a candidate or a member can be fulfilled even though the political party that the candidate or member belongs to has not been able to form government. I therefore question the commitments given by candidates who were not elected but whose party is now in government as to why there should not be a call on fulfilling those election commitments.    read more

No Confidence Motion debate

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (1.26 am): As everyone else has—although I do so as the representative of a neighbouring electorate to yours—Mr Speaker, I congratulate you on your elevation to the very high post of Speaker of the parliament. I also congratulate the Premier and her ministers on their elevation.  read more

Address in Reply

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.45 pm): I rise to speak in response to the Governor's official opening address to this 55th Parliament of Queensland. It is an honour for me to be here for a fourth term representing the people of Noosa. There is no greater honour than to be elected and, I hope, trusted by one's community to represent them in this place. With this comes the work to maintain the trust, as one is then judged on the successes and judged on the failures. I thank the people of Noosa for placing their trust in me again and I pledge to serve them so that the interests of Noosa are given due regard in the proceedings of this parliament.   read more

2014 Parliamentary Speeches


2014 Parliamentary Speeches


2014 Parliamentary Speeches

Watkins, Ms C - Members Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.40 pm): My electorate of Noosa is a community of communities. It is a place where each local community is special. Each has a unique character and each is special in its own way. One thing which each of these places has in common is a great sense of local belonging and a sense of ownership and responsibility for the things that occur there. These places tend to use their initiative and combine community talents to make things hum, to make things happen and to better their own community from within.   read more

Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill - 2nd reading

I thank the Health and Community Services Committee for its consideration of the Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2014. I note that the committee tabled its report on 1 October 2014 and recommended that the bill be passed. The committee has made seven other recommendations and I intend to deal with them in turn. Before that, I would like to make some general comments about the content and the intent of the bill.   read more 

Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill - 1st reading

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.50 pm), in reply: At the outset, I thank all members who have participated in today’s debate. I thank them for their considered contributions. I would also like to thank non-government members—particularly the member for Mulgrave—for the level of bipartisan support that they have provided to this very important initiative. read more

Jobs - Ministerial Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (9.55 am): Creating the right environment for employment growth is a priority for this government. We believe that employment is generated to the greatest extent when the private sector has the right conditions to expand and diversify, thereby creating extra jobs. We do not believe that the majority of taxpayers should have to foot the bill for make work schemes which have little benefit and are a big cost to government. That is the unproductive Labor way, pandering to the demands of their union bosses.   read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Providing Freehold) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (12.44 pm): I rise this afternoon to speak in support of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land (Providing Freehold) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. Can I just say to the member for Lockyer at the very start that in my particular case I may be about the size of Migaloo—and I know the gentleman who made the comment well—but we certainly ensure that we treat Indigenous people with a great deal of respect.   read more

2014 Appropriations Bill Response

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (12.44 pm): I rise to speak in support of the 2014-15 state budget appropriation bills, and can I add at the outset thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, in your capacity as the member for Kallangur and chair of the committee, for your help and guidance and that of the other members of the Health and Community Services Committee for the thought and effort that they applied to their consideration of the budget estimates process for my portfolio of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs.    read more

Burtenshaw. Mr G - Members Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.06 pm): In this year when we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the personal sacrifice of war has been highlighted in my own electorate. On 5 July, the Noosa community lost George Burtenshaw, a World War II veteran and a victim of the infamous Changi prisoner-of-war camp. Mr Burtenshaw was born in Newport, near the border of Wales and England, on 23 December 1911. He immigrated to Australia alone at the age of 16 under the Church of England settlement scheme. In 1940 he married Eva and together they produced a family of three daughters, Dorothy, Gwen and Grace, and a son, John, now deceased. Over time the family blossomed into 16 grandchildren and great grandchildren.     read more

State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (9.04 pm): I rise to speak in support of the State Development, Infrastructure and Planning (Red Tape Reduction) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. My comments will be confined to those elements of the bill dealing with the issue of party houses, which have been a growing problem for parts of my electorate. It is an issue that the member for Mermaid Beach, whose electorate shares a similar problem, and I have been campaigning for on and off for about four years. This bill enables the new Noosa Council and any other local council where these nuisance premises are a problem to develop a local solution to this distressing problem which meets the needs of local communities. By investing power in the local council, this bill invests power in the local community.   read more

Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill - Introduction Speech

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.30 pm): I present a bill for an act to amend the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008 for particular purposes. I table the bill and the explanatory notes. I nominate the Health and Community Services Committee to consider the bill.   read more

2014-2015 Appropriations Bill 

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (11.53 am): I cannot let the last 50 minutes pass without making a couple of comments. I feel like I have been living in a parallel universe since 2006 when I came into this place. Honourable members heard the opposition leader talk about the previous Labor government and the wonderful things that they did. The fact of the matter is that the member for Inala, the member for Mackay and the member for Mulgrave sat around the cabinet table for most of that time voting to ensure that every loopy, out-of-this-world, especially-designed-to-fail scheme that came before them was ticked off and the losses added to the debt levels of our state.    read more

Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (5.41 pm): I rise to speak in support of the Sustainable Planning (Infrastructure Charges) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. I will confine my comments to the elements of the bill which deal with the issue of party houses. This has been a problem in my electorate for a number of years. It has also been an issue for the member for Mermaid Beach, whose electorate shares a similar problem.   read more

Public Guardian Bill; Family and Child Commission Bill; Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.00 pm): I rise this afternoon in support of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill, the Public Guardian Bill and the Family and Child Commission Bill. Commissioner Tim Carmody, in the final report of his enquiry into child protection, gave the government and this parliament a very clear task. read more

Multiculturalism

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.34 pm): Queensland’s vibrant culture and lifestyle is a reflection of our heritage and our ever-increasingly culturally diverse community. It is through the contributions of our migrants that Queensland has become the great state that it is today. We acknowledge that historic contribution, but it is equally important that we acknowledge the contribution being made now by people who promote tolerance and harmony within the community. The individuals who do such a great job supporting cultural diversity do not look for recognition, but that does not mean that they should not get it. read more

Harmony Day; International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; National Close the Gap Day - Private Members Statements

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.33 pm): Tomorrow marks three important days for my portfolio: Harmony Day, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and National Close the Gap Day. Harmony Day celebrates the diversity and cultures that make Queensland such a great place to live. It is a national day of celebration for anyone who calls Australia home. It is a day to embrace the richness and diversity of all cultures.   read more

Noosa, Koala Population

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.01 pm): I was disturbed recently to see in one of my local papers the headline for a story which said that the last koala may be lost. The content of the story presented a familiar enough scenario in that it dealt with the impact of land clearing on the Sunshine Coast koala habitat. The story focused on a constituent’s concern that land clearing in her area would see the end to what she said was the last remaining koala from hundreds that had lived in the area until about 20 years ago. Koalas are iconic and they are listed on both the state and federal threatened species list. We must do whatever we can to protect them while balancing the requirements of development and providing housing for the state’s ever-increasing population. That requires all parties involved to work together to devise strategies to support their preservation. It is just not good enough for environmentalists to say that development is bad, just as it is not acceptable for developers to push ahead with projects without considering environmental impacts.   read more

Watson, Mr B, All-Terrain Vehicle - Private Members Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.39 pm): All members in this place have stories of local constituents who stand out from the crowd because of their community commitment and generosity. This afternoon I inform the House about one such Noosa constituent. His name is Bill Watson, but he is known to Noosa residents and thousands of regular visitors simply as ‘Hey Bill’. ‘Hey Bill’ has been a Noosa institution for 44 years. While he is an obvious attraction on Noosa Main Beach, he has been quietly achieving in many other ways. ‘Hey Bill’s’ distinctive quad bike and its numerous trailers are a regular sight up and down the beach, and the cool drinks, ice-creams and snow cones he sells are a welcome relief to beach goers. He has been at the centre of the Noosa community for decades.  read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs - Ministerial Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (9.56 am): I want to see a better life outcome and lifestyle for both Australia’s oldest inhabitants and our very newest ones. The election of the Abbott government presents a great opportunity to progress Indigenous issues in Queensland, because our two governments share a belief that the best way to address historic disadvantage is through economic development. Employment, sustainable enterprise and land tenure reform to provide improved options for home ownership are essential to achieve better life outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders. Those priorities are at the centre of an economic Indigenous participation framework that I released at the end of last year. An action plan is being developed from the framework to help Indigenous Queenslanders have the same level of participation in the Queensland economy as non-Indigenous people in workforce participation, employment, careers, and business ownership.   read more

Public Service and Other Legislation (Civil Liability) Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (4.43 pm), in reply: First of all, I thank all members for their contributions to the debate this afternoon. As the Premier noted in his earlier remarks, the Public Service and Other Legislation (Civil Liability) Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to encourage greater independence in decision making and innovation by public servants. By providing public servants with immunity from civil liability, the bill reduces employee concerns about being personally sued and the accompanying financial risk, ultimately supporting improved service delivery.   read more

2013 Parliamentary Speeches


2013 Parliamentary Speeches


2013 Parliamentary Speeches

North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Another Act Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (12.58 am): I rise to make a short contribution to the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability and Another Act Amendment Bill 2013.   read more

Industrial Relations (Fair Work Act Harmonisation No. 2) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.32 pm): I was fortunate in a sense, I suppose, to be in the House to hear the honourable the Leader of the Opposition   read more

Sunshine Beach State High School - Private Members Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.42 pm): One of the pleasures of public life and one of the greatest rewards is to witness the emergence of our next generation of leaders, performers and artists. As local members we enjoy the privilege of a close relationship with the schools in our electorates and can see that emergence firsthand. I had such an experience last week, when I attended the annual Sunshine Beach State High School arts extravaganza for 2013.   read more

Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (4.59 pm): I rise in support of the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. This is the end of a very long journey for my community. The passing of this piece of legislation and the election that will take place next Saturday 9 November to elect a new mayor and six councillors for my community sees an end to something that started back in, I think, March 2007 when Peter Beattie was sitting in the Premier’s chair and decided to take away the right of people in local government to have a say on their future. In my community of Noosa, people have attended rallies, taken part in plebiscites and marched in the streets. One day we had 7,000 people out the front of this Parliament House and most of them were from my community. It has been an extraordinary journey. However, if we forget the terrible cost, and it is a dollar cost, it will be something that our community will be very proud of because it acted as one and it never lost the faith. We demonstrated and we jumped up and down and we pulled stunts and we did whatever we needed to do in order to make sure that our voice was heard. The first voice that was heard was that of Jeff Seeney when he was the opposition leader. He was followed by Lawrence Springborg and John-Paul Langbroek and, more recently, by Campbell Newman who maintained the faith. He made sure that those communities that wanted to deamalgamate and that wanted to act as a strong and cohesive voice were given the opportunity to do so. On Saturday of next week, as I said, we will do it.   read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation - Ministerial Statements

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.22 pm): Education and training are precursors to better job prospects and greater economic development opportunities. This is as true for Indigenous Queenslanders as it is for non-Indigenous Queenslanders. Having a job obviously means less reliance on welfare, but that is just part of the story. Of greater importance are the benefits of personal growth, family stability and community cohesion that come from people working and providing for their families. That goal underpins this government’s commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. Welfare should be seen as emergency support to get back on one’s feet, not a way of life that generation after generation becomes used to and comes to rely on. We want to break that cycle, as do many Indigenous leaders who condemn the insidious effect that welfare has had on their communities and their way of life. We want to give young Indigenous Queenslanders a chance to acquire the education and skills they need to compete equally for jobs in the mainstream workforce.   read more

 Noosa Council, Election

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.35 pm): The Noosa shire is just over two months away from being restored to the position it enjoyed as a stand-alone local government area before the Beattie Labor government abolished it. Noosa residents will go to the polls on 9 November to elect its first council under the re-established Noosa shire. The election will be the last piece in the puzzle of restoring the former Noosa shire.  read more

Indigenous Communities

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.26 pm): Things are changing for the better in Queensland’s Indigenous communities. An emerging group of new community leaders and an agenda from this government based on actions that enable economic opportunity are seeing some exciting new projects and proposals. I am actively working with local Indigenous councils to identify opportunities for sustained economic development that are based on sound commercial principles, that are sustainable and that are self-sufficient. In the past, commercial activities that relied on ongoing government funding ensured that they were not sustainable or operated in the real economy. Those days are over. I will not set Indigenous communities and businesses up to fail. Any commercial activity must have the community driving it and being responsible for its outcomes.   read more

Motion: Workers Rights

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (5.50 pm): I move—    read more

Families Responsibilites Commission Amendment Bill 2013

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.42 pm), in reply: I would like to thank all of the members of the House for their contributions to the debate on this bill and the new amendment that the bill contains. This bill seeks to extend the operation of the Family Responsibilities Commission for a further 12 months to 1 January 2015. Currently, the Family Responsibilities Commission Act 2008 is due to expire on 1 January 2014. This means that the FRC and its orders expire on that date. The FRC is a critical part of the Cape York Welfare Reform, which will operate until 31 December 2014.    read more

Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill - Second Reading

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (12.33 pm): I move.    read more

Noosa Council Deamalgamation - Private Members Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.05 pm): Whatever distortions and mistruths Peter Beattie tries to peddle to the people of Forde in his bid to make himself relevant, one thing he cannot deny is his determination to kill off local councils across the state. He can pretend the huge budget black hole left for this government was all Anna Bligh’s fault. He can deny responsibility for opening the floodgates to soaring electricity prices through deregulation. He can even try to claim credit for positive things which happened despite him being Premier. However, he cannot escape responsibility for being the one who obliterated the Noosa shire council and dozens more around the state. Maybe that is why he was in Townsville this week: he was trying to convince people that they were better off without the Thuringowa council, which he got rid of.   read more

Law, Auntie Pam - Ministerial Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (9.57 am): It is with great sadness that I inform the House of the passing of one of Brisbane’s prominent Aboriginal elders, Auntie Pamela Law. I first met her soon after taking up the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander portfolio and was immediately impressed by her generous spirit, inviting hospitality and steely determination to see a better world come from the one in which she was born. She willingly accepted the mantle of community leader. She never shirked the responsibilities that go with it, no matter how difficult the task.    read more

Noosa Hospital

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.21 pm): Government budgets must reflect the times they are formulated in. There is not a government or a Treasurer who would not prefer to bring down a budget which hands out increasing amounts of money to community groups and for government services. That would be very popular, but this year it would also be very irresponsible. It is not unreasonable for governments wanting to be popular, but the greater driving force for any government must be as a responsible steward of the state’s finances.    read more

Appropriation Bills; Health and Community Services Committee

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (11.22 pm): Thank you for the opportunity to reply to the estimates committee report for the portfolio of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs. At the outset I thank the chair of the Health and Community Services Committee, the honourable member for Kallangur, for his diligence and the competent conduct of the hearing.   read more

Valuing Diversity Grants Program

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (9.45 am): Queensland is a proudly diverse state. A significant part of the Queensland culture derives from our long history of migration. Our culture and lifestyle are made all the richer by the contribution of migrants who have chosen to call Queensland home. I am pleased to announce that Queenslanders will be able to take part in and celebrate our cultural diversity through a new funding program for multicultural events across the state. Grants of up to $20,000 are available under the Valuing Diversity program for multicultural community events to be held in 2014. Nominations for the grants will open this week.    read more

2013 Budget

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.21 pm): Government budgets must reflect the times they are formulated in. There is not a government or a Treasurer who would not prefer to bring down a budget which hands out increasing amounts of money to community groups and for government services. That would be very popular, but this year it would also be very irresponsible. It is not unreasonable for governments wanting to be popular, but the greater driving force for any government must be as a responsible steward of the state’s finances.   read more

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Observance Days

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.55 pm): I encourage Queenslanders to commemorate and celebrate three significant dates during the remainder of this month and June in recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This coming Sunday, 26 May, is set aside for Australians to observe National Sorry Day to remember and honour the stolen generation. This day was first observed in 1998 to acknowledge the survivors of past government policies that allowed the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families. Sorry Day is a significant day. It recognises the ongoing pain and suffering for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who were forcibly separated as young children from their families and communities. This year’s theme is ‘Sorry. Still Living on Borrowed Time!’, which focuses on the stolen generation’s ongoing quest for justice.   read more

Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.36 pm): I am pleased to support the Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill. The Queensland government is committed to closing the gap in life outcomes and opportunities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. The current vegetation management framework contributes to this commitment by enabling housing and basic facilities as part of the National Indigenous Reform Agreement for closing the gap. The existing vegetation management framework specifically allows clearing on Indigenous land for constructing Indigenous housing and associated buildings or structures. This also includes clearing for housing support staff; providing educational, health, police or other community services to Indigenous communities; and encompasses buildings such as schools, health clinics and police premises. No application or approval is required to clear vegetation for these purposes. The bill does not change this.    read more

Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (4.59 pm): I rise to make a blessedly brief contribution to the debate on the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013. I am pleased to support this legislation, as it clarifies a number of important issues within my portfolio and reflects a key Queensland government commitment to reduce red tape. I also congratulate the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines for developing legislation that facilitates access to land and natural resources that are of vital importance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.   read more

Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs - Ministerial Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (9.55 am): The Commission of Audit is an important document for the future of Queensland. It provides options for this government to negotiate a way out of the financial mess created by the previous Labor government. The commission’s interim report last year identified renewal and reform of the Public Service as essential to give Queenslanders a more effective and efficient system of government. I am not surprised those opposite are reacting so vehemently to the final report because it spells out in black and white, line by line how they failed the people of Queensland. It exposes their guilt, it highlights their mismanagement and lays bare their financial incompetence. They broke the bond of trust between government and taxpayers by not using public funds wisely and refusing to take the necessary action to stop the state heading towards bankruptcy.   

Multicultural Recognition Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (7.41 pm): I rise tonight to speak to the Multicultural Recognition Bill 2012. At the outset let me say that it is a pleasure to explain to the House and to members of the ALP opposition why this bill should not proceed and, to be blunt, why it should be consigned to the wastepaper basket.  read more

South Sea Islanders

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.27 pm): One hundred and fifty years ago the first South Sea islanders were brought to Australia to work as indentured labourers in the Queensland canefields. This practice, known as ‘blackbirding’, represents a grim period in Queensland’s history. Many were taken against their will; others were simply deceived. Some of these people were out fishing when they were taken; others were picking up shells on the beach. They came from Tonga, the Solomon Islands, New Hebrides, which is now Vanuatu, and many other islands across the South Pacific. This shameful practice continued from 1863 to 1904. The practice was phased out when the White Australia Policy was adopted. While many South Sea islanders stayed in Australia, others were simply dumped back onto South Pacific islands, often not the ones from which they originally came.   read more

2012 Parliamentary Speeches


2012 Parliamentary Speeches


2012 Parliamentary Speeches

Motion: Public Service Jobs

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (5.51 pm): I rise to second the amendment moved by the Treasurer. This government’s goal is to reform and renew the Queensland public sector to make it the best public service in Australia. The topic of tonight’s debate goes right to the heart of discussions currently underway regarding an appropriate size for the Queensland Public Service. In proposing this stupid motion tonight, the opposition has highlighted the cause and effect of the dire financial situation this government inherited from years of Bligh-Beattie irresponsibility. The cause is poor financial management from successive Labor governments between 1998 and February 2012. The unfortunate effect is that, as a result of that mismanagement, we now have to have a debate about what sort of public service we can afford.  read more

Cape York Welfare Reform

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.45 pm): The Cape York welfare reform trial has been a very expensive exercise. The Queensland and Australian governments have contributed almost $90 million over the past four years to the trial in just four communities—Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge—with a combined population of just 2,688 people.  read more 

Indigenous Communities, Land Tenure

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.32 pm): How can it be that in such an expansive and prosperous land as ours the ability to own land is still denied to some citizens? Ownership is not denied by circumstance but by long-established laws which determine that land in some communities cannot be bought and sold. These are the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities where freehold title does not exist, or exists in just a few pockets.   read more

Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.28 pm): Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker.   read more

Motion of Condolence: Eric Deeral

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (9.48 am): I rise to speak to the condolence motion to mark the passing of Queensland’s first Indigenous parliamentarian. I would like to acknowledge the members of the Deeral family and the traditional custodians who have travelled to be with us today.   read more

Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2012 - Second Reading

I begin by thanking the members of the Health and Community Services Committee for their prompt and valuable work in relation to the Family Responsibilities Commission Amendment Bill 2012, better known as the FRC bill. The committee has recommended that the bill be passed without amendment. The amendments will allow the Family Responsibilities Commission, an essential part of the Cape York Welfare Reform Trial, to operate until the end of December 2013. The bill also seeks to introduce a quorum for meetings of the commission board to overcome a practical issue arising from the requirement for all three board members to be present at a meeting.  read more

Appropriation (Parliament) Bill and Appropriation Bill: Health and Community Services Committee

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (11.01 pm): Mr Deputy Speaker Berry, thank you for the opportunity to reply to the estimates committee report for the portfolio of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs. I would like to thank the chair, my good friend the member for Redlands, and the five members of the Health and Community Services Committee who attended the hearing for their diligence and competent conduct of the hearing. I would also like to place on record my disappointment that the remaining two members—the members for Bundamba and Woodridge—did not see fit to attend the hearing of the committee regarding my portfolio. This is especially concerning because the member for Woodridge is the opposition spokesperson for multicultural affairs. I will come back to that point later.    read more

Animal Care and Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (4.40 pm): I rise to speak in support of the Animal Care and Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012. It is a privilege in this my third term to be in government and to be able to give effect to some of the burning issues which I saw ignored for so long under the previous Labor government. Some members who have been around here for longer than a couple of weeks will remember the repeated calls I made over the years for the cruel treatment of turtles and dugong to be stopped and for the commercial killing of these animals to be eliminated. Let me make it very clear from the outset that I am not trying to curtail traditional hunting by Indigenous people which is permitted under native title. This bill supports traditional hunting practices but seeks to ensure they are carried out as humanely as possible and that the product of that hunting is used for local people, for their community or for ceremonial use. We want to see an end to cruelty to turtles and dugong without limiting native title hunting rights. We also want to end the black market trade which has seen quantities of turtle and dugong meat shipped from the Torres Strait to Cairns and other mainland households.   read more

Public Service and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (4.21 pm): I rise this afternoon to speak in support of the bill. The Newman government’s vision is for a renewed, refocused and more efficient Public Service—focused on the core and essential services that the people of Queensland need and deserve. Unfortunately, there are some tough decisions that a government has to make to achieve this and to restore the state’s finances to a sustainable level. None of these decisions is being taken lightly. We wish that there was an easier path to take, but there simply is not.   read more

Treasury (Cost of Living) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (3.11 pm): I rise to speak in support of the Treasury (Cost of Living) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 on behalf of the constituents of Noosa. The Newman LNP government faces stiff challenges on many fronts. All ministers look into the mirror each morning and remind themselves that they are now looking at the person who is responsible. I urge all Queenslanders to read the interim report of the Queensland Commission of Audit. The quickest glance will be a shock, as the report sets out the parlous condition of this state’s finances. It is essential that the community understands the issues fully as it is a journey of recovery that we need to be taking together. While we on this side of the House are now the government and we are responsible for fixing Labor’s disasters, we need the people of Queensland to come with us and they can only do that from a position of knowledge and understanding.   read more

Cape York Welfare Reform Trial - Ministerial Statement

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (9.51 am): Happy birthday, Madam Speaker. The Newman government is committed to alleviating the disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders across so many aspects of life. We are committed to doing that in conjunction with Indigenous people and their elected representatives at all levels of government through responsible programs, services and actions. Welfare and other similar government payments are not the answer to alleviating Indigenous disadvantage. The Newman government’s Indigenous agenda is focused on ensuring that state government programs and funding are directed towards improving the stability and sustainability of Indigenous communities.   read more

Noosa Local Government

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (2.34 pm): On 9 March, just 12 days ago, an historic vote took place in my community that allowed Noosa residents to determine the future of their own local government. It is a vote that should never have taken place had the Labor government of the time had any respect for the rights of individuals and communities.   read more

Address in Reply 

Hon. GW ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier) (12.29 pm): I am not sure whether that clapping from the public gallery is for me or for the member for Brisbane Central. I expect it is for the member for Brisbane Central.   read more

2011 Parliamentary Speeches


2011 Parliamentary Speeches


2011 Parliamentary Speeches

Ambulance Response Times

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (11.21 am): On Wednesday, 26 October, during the last sitting of the parliament, I asked the Minister for Emergency Services a question without notice, and for the benefit of the House I will repeat the question. I asked—   read more

Katie Rose College

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (10.20 pm): Katie Rose Cottage at Doonan in the Noosa electorate is a palliative-care centre established by the Sunshine Coast Community Hospice Ltd to provide support care to terminally-ill adults, children and their carers living on the Sunshine Coast. The cottage is set in the grounds of a former winery and is designed almost as an extension of a person’s own home. It has been adapted to provide high-quality nursing support care to those who are no longer able to manage their final stage of life in their own home. Each of the rooms looks over beautiful garden areas that are constantly and carefully tended for the enjoyment of guests and each room adjoins another area for the use of family and friends.    read more

Fair Trading, Solar Industry

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (3.02 pm): I would like to use the time allocated to me this afternoon to speak about another rort being perpetrated on the people of Queensland. It is right up there with pink batts and Nigerian get-rich-quick schemes. The proliferation of companies now selling photovoltaic systems for homes is unsustainable, and some of those companies and their operators could be fairly put in the class of crooks. In many cases, the materials being used are cheap imports. Before long there will be solar arrays covering the roofs of homes in Queensland that will not work and the company that installed them will be long gone.   read more

Justices of the Peace

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (10.13 pm): On Saturday, 15 October, I was honoured to attend and speak at the Queensland Justice Association’s 2011 state conference, which was held in Noosa and hosted by the Noosa branch of the association. I would like at the outset to convey my thanks and appreciation for an excellent conference to Anne-Marie Bligh, president of the Noosa branch, and my good friend Peter Burbidge-King, who compered the event on behalf of his branch.   read more

Waste Reduction and Recycling Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (8.39 pm): Tonight in this debate I rise to speak on a matter of great concern to me as the representative for my community of Noosa. While the Carbon Farming Initiative, the National Water Initiative and the discharge of coal seam gas and seepage water are of great interest, I will focus my contribution on the industry waste aspects of this bill. The bill before the House will cause an increase in the cost of living to my constituents through a significant increase in the costs for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and small businesses. This impost will be passed on through the rate system and other charges. By placing the whole burden on the commercial side of the waste business and attempting to protect households and votes from yet another tax or tax increase, this Labor government has ensured that households will be affected. However, as it has done on the water issue, the Bligh Labor government will point a crooked finger at local government as the culprit rather than accept responsibility for its own flawed and ill-considered legislation.   read more

Noosa Signage

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.34 pm): On 2 August this year I asked question on notice No. 1120 of the Premier, as the Minister for Reconstruction, concerning the iconic signage erected in the former Noosa shire. This followed an exchange of correspondence between us in the April-June period which revealed that the signs were to honour Noosa as one of the top 15 icons in the state—to recognise the greater Noosa area during the Q150 celebrations.   read more

Meals on Wheels

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (8.45 pm): I am very grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute in this place to the Meals on Wheels organisation. Originating in the United Kingdom in wartime, Meals on Wheels was founded to assist the frail elderly who wanted to stay in their own homes. Now, almost 60 years later, Meals on Wheels creates almost 15 million meals annually all over Australia from its 740 outlets, and these meals are delivered to the door of some 53,000 clients by almost 80,000 generous-of spirit volunteers.    read more

Bus Stops: Cooroy-Noosa Road and Eumundi-Noosa Road

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (8.49 pm): There are many in our community who remember with great affection the wonderful British television series Yes Minister. One of Sir Humphrey’s most distinguishing characteristics was his ability to delay. Indeed, one of his KPIs must have been measuring the delay he could cause for the implementation of anything. Now let us fast forward to the present and focus on TransLink. Yes Minister must have been compulsory viewing. I received a letter dated 12 July 2011 from the Minister for Transport in relation to my seeking bus stops on the Eumundi-Noosa and the CooroyNoosa roads. Somebody other than the minister wrote the letter but both she and I were profoundly misled by it. For example, the letter refers to a 2011-12 Station and Stop Infrastructure Grant. This program ceased in May 2011 and was then integrated into the Bus Stop Upgrade Program. This current scheme, which is not even mentioned in the minister’s letter, mandates compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. There are other examples. However, this is not an issue I wish to go over tonight and score any political points from. I do not want to see both sides of the political divide get into the trenches over this so that nothing positive happens for my community. I will be seeking a meeting with the minister in the next sitting of this parliament to resolve this matter.   read more

Criminal Proceeds Confiscation (Serious and Organised Crime and Unexplained Wealth) Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.49 pm): I rise to speak to the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation (Serious and Organised Crime Unexplained Wealth) Amendment Bill 2010. I have a long and strong record on public law and order issues in this place and I welcome the opportunity to make a contribution in another important debate on this issue. Often I have been attacked for raising issues related to law and order and on occasion have been accused of undermining public confidence. However, I can tell the House here and now that I am not and never have been guilty of undermining public confidence. I have been active in drawing attention to issues of public safety and welfare and reporting on those, and I make no apology for doing so.    read more

Principal for a Day

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (10.49 pm): I commend the Minister for Education for the annual celebration of state Education Week. I joined in this year by being principal for two half days, the first on Wednesday, 1 June at Sunshine Beach State High School and the other on Friday, 3 June at the Tewantin State School. I was prepared for life by being a student in the public school system. My son, Kristin, attended Sunshine Beach State High School and, for a time, I was both a member and chair of the school council there.   read more

2011-2012 Budget

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.19 pm): I rise to speak in reply to the state budget for 2011-12 on behalf of my constituents in the Noosa electorate. I am always proud to speak on their behalf and in their interests. I am very pleased that the Treasurer is in the House at the moment. Upon returning to Noosa on Monday, the first thing I will be doing is sending a big thank you card to the Treasurer to acknowledge the allocation of $265,000 to—would you believe—the Noosa shire council through the Home Assist Program. That little line went into the budget. There is no need to take ‘Noosa council’ out and put ‘Sunshine Coast council’ in. It is a recognition of the inevitability that Noosa will get its council back. That will be the first cheque that we bank into the account. Other than that, there are no words to describe my level of shock at the parlous condition of the Queensland state budget. We all know that this is a Labor government that managed to go bust in a boom. That is an unprecedented achievement. However, the state budget for 2011-12 is the darkest side of the boom.    read more 

Eumundi-Noosa Road

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (8.32 pm): I rise tonight to bring to the attention of the House my concern for the safety of my constituents. Their safety is being compromised by the condition of Eumundi-Noosa Road. Eumundi-Noosa Road is the major arterial from the south exiting the Bruce Highway into the tourist icon of Noosa. It is dangerous enough by day. At night, the risk increases and in serious rain events experienced of late, as visibility diminishes the road hazard becomes deadly. The temporary road repairs wash out and spotting these suspension destroying craters becomes impossible. This is a serious issue that I am bringing to the attention of the House. Today, despite my best efforts to have an inert government do the right thing by the residents of Noosa, Eumundi-Noosa Road remains in appalling condition, particularly the section north of Duke Road up to the entrance to Emu Mountain Road.  read more

Parliament of Queensland (Reform and Modernisation) Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (6.16 pm): I rise to speak on the Parliament of Queensland (Reform and Modernisation) Amendment Bill 2011. The bill before us most likely will be the most important to be debated in my time in this place. As a government ages, simultaneously it becomes tired. Usually, at successive elections it loses seats and so its critical mass declines. The field from which to select the leadership team shrinks. Usually also, those losses of representatives are of the youngest and brightest— the future of the regeneration of the government but also those most vulnerable to change in their marginal seats. Too often these are the oncers. As the future, they are enthusiastic, idealistic and uninhibited. Their loss to their party and to government is corrosive for the incumbent and sad for the welfare of the community. The quality of the parliament diminishes, and that is tragic, but when the executive imposes itself on the parliament, as proposed in this bill, that is of greater concern.   read more

Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (4.05 pm): I rise to speak to the Revenue and Other Legislation Amendment Bill. I would like to confine my comments to the Iconic Queensland Places Act 2008. This government is clearly tired and has run out of ideas and, as part of what we are seeing today, continually trundles out these omnibus bills to tinker at the edges, to fiddle while Rome burns—or, more correctly, to fiddle while Brisbane and Queensland floods and the north suffers under the weight of cyclones.    read more

North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.21 pm): I rise to speak this afternoon on the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Bill 2011. I was a little surprised recently to see both the Premier and the minister on the television news during the lead-up to the introduction of this bill accompanied by a media scrum. They were trampling all over the dunes of North Stradbroke Island, the very dunes of the very island that they were supposed to be looking forward to protecting. It certainly was not a great example to be setting. Unfortunately, they were not there with pure hearts. They were there simply to mine for a new local green issue with which to appeal to the electorates of Brisbane in the upcoming election. They and the press claimed that they were in a pristine area. However, the reality is that the location of the press conference they held was a rehabilitated site. On behalf of the Premier and the environment minister, I thank Sibelco, who did an excellent job in rehabilitating that site.   read more

Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill - Second Reading

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (8.13 pm), in reply: The debate on these bills has proven to be a very educative experience to be a part of and to observe. Government members have clearly followed the party line to try to distract from their most current failure. I acknowledge what the members for Woodridge, Mount Isa and Mount Ommaney said in their six-minute contributions; what the member for Brisbane Central said in her nine- minute contribution; and what the member for Mundingburra said in her fourminute contribution. Essentially that was that a Labor government introduced the Child Protection (Offender Reporting) Act 2004, the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003 and the Child Protection (Offender Prohibition Order) Act 2008. They were seven, eight and three years ago respectively. It was particularly interesting that the member for Brisbane Central claimed that it was this government that introduced this legislation. I wonder if she asked the Premier, who has distanced herself and distinguished herself from her predecessor so harshly and so often, if she could, as a current member, come into this place and admit what we all know, and that is that a leopard never changes its spots and that all of the Beattie Labor government failures continue to adhere like barnacles to a pier, the pier being the Labor government which, of course, has added a long list of home-grown failures to those of the Premier’s predecessor.    read more

Cyclone Summits

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.11 pm): Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. On the Thursday of the last siting week I asked a question without notice to the Minister for Emergency Services with regard to cyclone summits and the fact that they had apparently disappeared off the agenda in Queensland. During the course of his reply he referred, as did the Premier, to the sneaky little plan that they had in terms of these cyclone summits. I thought I would go back further to see where this idea came from, and they were set up as a result of a promise by Peter Beattie in 2006 following Cyclone Larry. He promised that there would be a cyclone summit every year from then on, and there certainly was in 2006, 2007 and 2008. However, after 2008 they disappeared.   read more 

Child Protection (Offender Reporting) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill - First Reading

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.36 pm): I rise to make my first contribution in this place as the shadow minister for police and emergency services. Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek your indulgence to take a moment to thank my leader and my colleagues for the faith that they have shown in me. I also pay tribute to my longstanding colleague, the member for Gregory, Vaughan Johnson, for his significant contribution as the shadow minister for these responsibilities in holding the Bligh Labor government and the minister to account during the term of the 53rd parliament.   read more

Motion: Natural Disasters

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.31 pm): I rise to extend condolences on my own behalf and on behalf of every single person living in the electorate of Noosa to those Queenslanders who have lost loved ones as a result of the floods and cyclones which have affected Queensland in this terrible past few weeks. All of us in Noosa, indeed all of us on the Sunshine Coast, simply count our blessings as having been largely spared from the effects of these extreme weather events. Yes, there has been some minor flooding and some wind damage, but it is inconsequential in the scheme of things. We have been fortunate and we know how fortunate we have been and we give thanks for that good fortune   read more

2010 Parliamentary Speeches


2010 Parliamentary Speeches


2010 Parliamentary Speeches

Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No.2)

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.35 pm): I rise to make a very short contribution to the Natural Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2010.  read more

Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (4.33 pm): I rise to speak to the Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010 and I will confine my remarks to that aspect of the bill that deals with the provision of water in South-East Queensland. I particularly want to do that, as do a lot of other members who represent areas in South-East Queensland, because I am acutely aware of the price increases in water that are being passed on to my constituents, both to those who can afford it and to those battlers out there who cannot afford it. It is on behalf of those people in particular that we are here to speak.  read more

Dugong and Turtles

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (11.52 am): This morning I rise to advise the House of additional information that has come into my possession regarding the illegal poaching of dugong and turtles in Far North Queensland. For nearly two years, aided by my federal colleagues Greg Hunt and Warren Entsch, as well as Colin Riddell and Bob Irwin, I have been part of a campaign to stop the cruelty to those animals and to halt the illegal trade in their meat products. At every step, the four Labor members for Cairns, Barron River, Cook and Mulgrave have ignored or belittled this campaign. It is only recently that the minister responsible went to Cairns and held a secret meeting, and this morning we have heard her first peep on the subject.   read more

Urban Land Development Amendment Regulation: Disallowance of Statutory Instrument

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.00 pm): I rise to express my dismay, and that of my Sunshine Coast colleagues, at the callous disregard shown to our residents by the Bligh Labor government over Caloundra South. It seems to all of us who love where we live that this Bligh Labor government sees no value in our distinct points of difference and wants to harmonise into oblivion every difference, every distinction, that makes where we live so special to us.   read more

Motion: Revocation of State Forest Areas

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.52 pm): Tonight is one of those rare opportunities when a member of parliament is able to set the tone for a fundamentally important debate, and I welcome the opportunity. If the House is not careful and mindful of the true significance of this debate, it could degenerate into an unedifying slanging match. The effort to which the government has gone to live in the past clearly indicates that that is how it wishes to approach it. That need not—indeed it should not—be the case. The Liberal National Party is in its infancy as a political party. It is little more than two years old. The merging of the Liberal Party, the Country Party and its namesake more recently, the National Party, only happened, as I said, a couple of years ago.    read more

North Stradbroke Island

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (11.44 am): I rise this morning to add further weight to the lack of accountability and financial mismanagement by this tired Labor government. On 15 September I asked the Premier a question on notice following the delivery into my letterbox in Noosa of a glossy brochure, together with a letter signed by the Premier, concerning the future of North Stradbroke Island. No doubt the Premier will say that this letter and brochure is an information piece and cite that as the reason for the distribution. If government plans on the future of the island were being sent to the 2,500 island residents and perhaps the rest of Redland City I would probably have to agree. However, the 1,071,000 brochures, costing nearly $145,000 to produce, also went to residents in the areas of Brisbane City Council, the Gold Coast, Moreton Bay, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Logan. In addition, the government spent nearly $99,000 distributing the brochure throughout those local authority areas I have just mentioned.   read more

Fraser Island Dingoes

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.13 pm): On 22 July, during DERM’s estimates deliberations, the acting minister tabled stage 1 of the Fraser Island Dingo Population Study. This is yet another attempt by this discredited department to sanitise and cover up its neglect. Fraser Island is loved by all those who have visited there, and even those who have not know and understand that it is a special place. It is relatively untouched by introduced species of plants or animals. It has high recreation values for walkers, four-wheel drive enthusiasts, fishermen, naturalists and conservationists. It is the home of about 100 locals, yet it is visited by 380,000 tourists a year whose stay on the island is, on average, four nights. That is an enormous strain on a fragile ecosystem.read more

2010 Estimates Committee Report

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (4.32 pm): I rise to make my contribution to the deliberations of Estimates Committee G. I feel that I can now speak with more authority about the estimates committee process, having had a second experience a couple of weeks ago. The red chamber is a wonderful venue—cloaked in tradition, a monument to outstanding historical architecture and maintained to the highest standard. I wonder, though, what the ghosts of former members of the Legislative Council would make of democracy Queensland style in 2010. Having viewed the estimates process, I think I am fairly safe in suggesting that even those Labor members who voted themselves and the Legislative Council out of existence in 1922 may have changed their vote.   read more

2010 Budget

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.45 pm): Just before the budget was brought down, an opinion poll appeared in the local press which highlighted the degree of distrust that the people of Queensland have in this Premier and her government. A 69 per cent disapproval rating is an overwhelming indictment, but it is more than that: it shows that Queenslanders do not believe a word that comes out of the collective mouth of this government. They are not listening to this government, they have lost faith in this government and they want this government gone.    read more

Hendra Virus

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.42 pm): On the Thursday of the last sitting week I received a call late in the afternoon from the Premier advising that Hendra virus had been discovered in my electorate at Tewantin. Coincidentally, the mayor of the Sunshine Coast was at Parliament House at the time and within an hour the Premier’s department had arranged a complete briefing on the situation. I would like to record my thanks to the Premier and her officials, health personnel and Queensland’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Ron Glanville, for the speedy and accurate briefing.  read more

Racing and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.50 pm): I rise to make my contribution to this very important debate on behalf of my electorate of Noosa, which I always regard as a privilege. I also regard it as a privilege to support the shadow minister and my good friend the member for Mermaid Beach as he strives, as shadow minister, to bring a little sanity and reason into the debate on the very important racing industry. I suggest that this is the lifeblood of an industry which we are debating. It is a sport. It is a leisure time activity. It is also an industry and a business and we should bear that in mind as we debate this industry-changing legislation.   read more

Animal Cruelty: Turtles and Dugongs

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.02 pm): I rise today on a matter of great public importance to Queenslanders who are revolted by cruelty to and mistreatment of animals. I invite members with laptops in the House today to go to my website—www.glenelmes.com.au—and look at the link about dugongs and turtles to see why I have brought these graphic scenes before the House. This YouTube video taken in October 2009 shows a turtle on its back, clearly still alive, in the wash and having its flippers cut off. One can only imagine, as the water turns red with its blood, the agony it is in as it is carved up alive.   read more

Motion: Electronic Vessel Monitoring System

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (6.06 pm): This is a debate that we should not have to have. This is an environmental disaster that we should not be having. Let me say at the outset, though, that I would like to compliment the work of Patrick Quirk and his team in preventing something that could have been much worse than it has been for our state. Every Queenslander who loves the Great Barrier Reef owes them a great deal of gratitude. read more

Transport and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.47 pm): I rise to make my contribution to the debate on this bill. More particularly, I propose to confine my comments primarily to those aspects of the bill which relate to my own shadow portfolio responsibilities. I have to tell the House that not only the member for Whitsunday but also I will now be talking about sewage. Anything the member for Whitsunday can do I can do better.  read more

Valuation of Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (5.11 pm): I rise to make my contribution to this critically important debate on the Valuation of Land and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2010. I welcome this opportunity, as I do every time I am given the opportunity to spend some time on my feet in this place to represent my electorate of Noosa. This is particularly the case today as the bill before the House seeks to savage my constituents of Noosa and those of my nearest colleagues in communities such as Cooroy and Eumundi by affecting employment. This bill will cost jobs in my seat—jobs that are very hard to replace when at the same time major employers are laying off a number of staff.   read more

Motion: Revocation of State Forests

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (3.39 pm): I rise to make my contribution to this debate on the proposal for revocation of a part of the Beerwah State Forest. On 22 February 2007 the then minister for the environment and multiculturalism, Lindy Nelson-Carr, moved the following—   read more

Constitution Preamble Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (4.13 pm): I rise to make a contribution to this very important debate on the proposal for a preamble to the Constitution of Queensland 2001. I welcome the opportunity, as I do each and every time I am afforded time, to represent my electorate of Noosa in this place. My first reaction to the proposal to introduce a preamble to the Queensland Constitution was to simply ask why we would need one in the first place, particularly as the previous parliamentary committee charged with developing a draft preamble recommended against it on very good grounds. The government, in response to report 46, stated—   read more

Motion: South East Queensland Regional Plan

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.45 pm): Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek your indulgence to welcome to the gallery Richard and Lucy Pearson and Gus and Helen Hatter, both from Noosa, and also my wife, Lesleigh.  read more

 

2009 Parliamentary Speeches


2009 Parliamentary Speeches


2009 Parliamentary Speeches

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.09 pm): This afternoon I rise to speak about the grave concerns that I hold for the environment of Queensland as it suffers blow after blow from a Labor government that is interested only in withdrawing funds from front-line services. The reported deaths today of thousands of marine species at a lake at Beachmere near Bribie Island north of Brisbane is a clear indication of how this failing is harming the environment. Residents of the area have complained for weeks about the smell emanating from a sewage pumping station that the Moreton Bay Regional Council has been working on for the past three months. The smell is nothing compared to what confronted them today: whiting, mangrove jacks, crabs, prawns, puffer fish all floating on the surface of this lake, all dead. Could anything have been done to stop this disaster from occurring? We will never know, because the EPA failed to act in the three weeks between when it was first alerted to this impending disaster and today’s outcome.   read more

Criminal Organisation Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (3.42 pm): I rise to make a contribution to the debate on the Criminal Organisation Bill 2009. When I was 17 years of age I took a decision to join the political party of my choice, which at that time was the Queensland division of the Liberal Party and of course is now the Liberal National Party. At the centre of the beliefs of my chosen political party lie the rights of the individual. The individual is paramount. We on this side of the House believe that the individual is to be nurtured and encouraged, supported and assisted, and able to remain autonomous, trusted and capable of making his or her own decisions. The Labor Party, on the other hand, has always stood for the power of the state and central control. In many instances this results in stifling the individuals in our community from striving to achieve and attain the best they possibly can.   read more

Building and Other Legislation Legislation Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (4.22 pm): I rise to speak to the Building and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2009, which will come into play on 1 January next year. Can I say to the House that I am absolutely delighted to be taking part in a debate that was headed by our shadow minister, who has not been able to wipe the grin off his face today. I doubt whether he will be able to do that for some months to come and he deserves—   read more

Tewantin-Noosa RSL Club

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.58 pm): Tonight I rise to deliver a ‘well done’ to the Tewantin-Noosa RSL Club and the board of management that administers the club. In the 2008-09 financial year, the Tewantin-Noosa RSL Club contributed over $307,000 of audited cash and in-kind directly back into the community—an amount well above the compulsory community benefit tax collected and distributed by the state government.   read more

Save our Koalas Rally

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (10.03 pm): On Friday, 25 September I was privileged to speak at the Save Our Koalas rally. Hundreds of concerned Queenslanders joined together in Brisbane to protest the destruction of koalas and their habitat. Surprisingly, there was not a single Labor member of parliament in sight at the rally. This is the second time in as many sitting weeks that I have wondered at what has become of the party that promotes itself as champions of civil liberties and the environment.  read more

Sustainable Planning Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.40 pm): I rise to make a relatively short conclusion to a speech I started 10 days ago on the Sustainable Planning Bill before the House. Queensland perhaps more than any other state is the place where people choose to live based largely on the grounds of lifestyle. Lower salaries for comparable work is a great indicator of the value that members of our community place on lifestyle, not income. Perhaps it is the key measure of this value.    read more

Noosa Police Resources

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (11.55 am): In the dead of night on 28 August two 16-year-olds and a 17- year-old invaded the home occupied by the family of Dawn Fraser. One of the home invaders put their hands around the throat of Dawn Fraser and uttered the words, ‘I will kill you.’ It took police an hour to respond and when they did the police attending had to come from Coolum, 20 minutes drive away, because the Noosa car was busy elsewhere. Dawn Fraser has said publicly that she would write to the Premier and demand to know why there were so few police in Noosa. I would be interested to know, as I am sure the community of Noosa would be interested to know, what response the Premier sent to Dawn Fraser.   read more

Fraser Island

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (11.47 am): I have only been in this place for three years but, like all of us, I came here with a set of basic beliefs that are at the heart of what I am as a human being. Having said that, on Tuesday 25 August Jennifer Parkhurst, a Fraser Island protector and photographer, was awoken at 7 am at her home in Rainbow Beach and met at her front door by a Queensland police officer and five officers from DERM who had a search warrant for her residence issued under the Recreation Areas Management Act 2006.   read more

Motion: Hendra Virus

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (6.11 pm): The reason we are here tonight and the reason that this motion has been proposed by the member for Caloundra is that we seek the government’s help, and primarily the ministers for health, primary industries and the environment, to save the lives of Queenslanders. Nowhere in anyone’s contribution have we suggested that people should go out and start madly culling flying foxes anywhere in the state. We are trying to look at a problem. Every person who has taken the slightest interest in this issue understands that the problems exists. It does not exist right across the state, but it exists in pockets of the state and it needs to be dealt with in individual pockets   read more

Sustainable Planning Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.23 pm): I rise to make a reasonably short contribution to the Sustainable Planning Bill 2009. The bill is largely the Integrated Planning Act with a new name. Most of its old faults are intact and a few new ones have been thrown in. It is needlessly long and complicated. The Integrated Planning Act has been amended over time by the inclusion of six core integrated planning amendment acts to 63 other acts and reprinted some 85 times. The reform process, which culminates with the bill now before the House, commenced in August 2007 through the process entitled ‘Planning for a prosperous Queensland’. As the minister said in his second reading speech, the outcome is evolutionary not revolutionary.   read more

Villa Noosa: Extended Trading Hours

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.05 pm): MGW Hotels Pty Ltd, which is 75 per cent owned by Woolworths, has made application to the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing to extend trading hours in 80 of its 104 hotels throughout Queensland. If successful, this application will see some hotels, including the Villa Noosa Hotel in my electorate, extend their liquor trading to 5 am. What is even more distressing is that the application is an act of double jeopardy, because it is simply the first stage of a campaign to extend gambling to the same hours. In my opinion, this is unprincipled. I believe that the majority of Queenslanders would agree that our communities do not want or need extended drinking and gambling hours. The social cost is just too great.   read more

2009 Estimates

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.04 pm): Going through the estimates process for the first time was certainly an enlightening experience. The preparation and then the experience itself—of being in the red chamber and questioning a minister who was surrounded by 20 or so minders—was an education, and one that I enjoyed. I was extremely fortunate to have the assistance of James Martin and Sam Scanlon from both my office and the opposition office. The understanding and helpfulness of the chair of Estimates Committee E, the member for Bundamba, was also deeply appreciated, as was the friendly way in which I think the entire committee went about the proceedings. I would also like to record my thanks to the parliamentary staff who assisted the committee. They are a further example of the outstanding assistance that every member of this place receives from every single parliamentary staff member all the time.  read more

Fuel subsidy Repeal

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.30 pm): Every time I rise to speak in this place, I feel honoured— honoured that my electorate has placed its trust in me to represent its views faithfully. The work of the parliament is vitally important to our democracy. It is of course the cornerstone of our democracy, and so it is equally important that the effectiveness of the parliament is not hindered in any way. Since I came into this place a number of changes have been made to hinder the effectiveness of the opposition in assisting the government to govern well and make good laws and getting our alternative point of view out into the electorate. This is particularly the case now as we debate the budget bills. The time constraints for analysis and debate limit good government.  read more

Local Government Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (5.05 pm): I rise to speak to the Local Government Bill before the House, as it is a matter very close to my heart and deeply important to my constituents. However, I challenge the title of the bill. Queensland no longer has a system of local government ‘that we know in this state’, which was the promise made by then Premier Beattie in his second reading speech when introducing the Constitution of Queensland Bill and is contained in the Hansard of 9 November 2001. By this promise, this commitment, the then Premier misled the House, as just a short time later he, Anna Bligh and Andrew Fraser virtually set aside that Constitution to introduce a new system of local government which was announced by joint press release on 27 March 2008.   read more

Bribie Islands Erosion

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.20 pm): I rise today to speak about the disgraceful state of the northern tip of Bribie Island. On Tuesday last week I visited this area with the member for Caloundra to gain firsthand knowledge of the erosion. Erosion is taking place on a huge scale on both sides of the island with some 50 metres being lost in the very recent past on the coastal side alone. To illustrate my point, I table a number of photos taken during my visit.  read more

Address in Reply

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (8.27 pm): I am very happy to be able to stand here before the House tonight and deliver this speech to the address-in-reply. The fact that I am standing here means that the Noosa community, which I represent, has seen fit to honour me for a second term as their representative in the Queensland parliament. It is a huge honour and privilege made more so this time by the fact that once the dust had settled and the last votes were counted I was able to attain just under 70 per cent of the twoparty preferred vote. The challenge for me now in this second term is to continue to address the needs of my community and reflect their views in what I say both here and elsewhere, and try to achieve a similar result in the next election campaign.   read more

2008 Parliamentary Speeches


2008 Parliamentary Speeches


2008 Parliamentary Speeches

 

Criminal Code (Truth in Parliament) Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.40 pm): I rise to make a short contribution to the Criminal Code (Truth in Parliament) Amendment Bill 2008 which was introduced by the Leader of the Opposition, the member for Southern Downs. If tonight instead of the ‘truth in parliament’ bit in brackets we were debating something to do with truth in used car sales, truth in house cladding sales or truth in door-to-door brush sales most members in this parliament would be lined up to make a speech that they would reproduce back in their electorates to say to their constituents, ‘Look how I stood up for your interests.’ The thing is that we are talking about the truth in parliament.   read more

Ecobiz

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (9.43 pm): I rise tonight to speak about some good environmental news in the Noosa electorate. I recently had the pleasure of attending an awards ceremony here in the parliamentary precinct in which three Noosa organisations were recognised for their successes in the ecoBiz partnership program. I congratulate the minister, Andrew McNamara, on this excellent initiative between councils and the EPA which aims to help Queensland businesses and industries achieve resource-efficient practices that are good for both their financial bottom line and the environment.   read more

Emergency Service Legislation Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (5.38 pm): I rise to speak on the Emergency Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2008. As the shadow minister said in his presentation, the opposition agrees with the bill’s general position. In line with the QAS audit report’s recommendations, I would like to make the following points. Part 2, clause 4 talks about encouraging, where possible, the referral of patients who would otherwise go to hospital to be taken to their GP or to other health centres and providers. Obviously this is something that needs to be encouraged. Paramedics need to be given the authority to do this, to be able to make those judgement calls. Also, newcomers in either a suburban station or a regional city or town need to be educated about appropriate addresses of local GPs, seven-day-a-week medical centres and things of that kind.   read more

Carers (Recognition) Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.52 pm): I rise tonight to address the House on a particularly important piece of legislation—namely, the Carers (Recognition) Bill. It is indeed time to recognise those people amongst us who give their time, support and attention to the care of disadvantaged people.   read more

Traveston Dam

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (11.37 am): I was shocked beyond belief at the breathtaking hypocrisy of the Premier and the Deputy Premier at the announcement that the construction of the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam would be put back by years. I understand that there will be policy differences between political parties and I understand that it is the role of the Premier to sometimes take hard decisions, but if they are made they should be made because they are right and, at the same time, if they are wrong the government should come clean and admit it.   read more

Queensland Ambulance Service

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (12.14 pm): Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker Kiernan, and it is nice to see you in the chair. I rise this afternoon to speak on the crisis which is the Queensland Ambulance Service. The men and women of our Ambulance Service—our paramedics—have the highest skill levels in Australia, yet the Bligh Labor government seems intent on short-changing our paramedics and taking advantage of their goodwill and determination to do the job they love.  read more

Health Legislation (Restriction on Use of Cosmetic Surgery for Children and Another Measure) Amendment Bill 2008

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (2.57 pm): I rise to make a contribution to the Health Legislation (Restriction on Use of Cosmetic Surgery for Children and Another Measure) Amendment Bill 2008. First of all, I congratulate the minister for introducing this legislation into the Queensland parliament. What we are here to do, and certainly the LNP is supportive of this, is to protect our young people under the age of 18. Any measure that we can take as a parliament to protect our young people is a very worthwhile thing. The explanatory notes to the bill refer to some of the cosmetic procedures that are outlawed. The member for Robina just mentioned some of them—for example, the tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, arm lifts, brow lifts, liposuction, facelifts, thigh lifts, body lifts, and the list goes on   read more

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2008

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (7.35 pm): It is with pleasure that I rise to speak to the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2008. In the main, it is very pleasing to look at the substance of this legislation. There are many very positive points in it, particularly in regard to the clean-up of pollution and the fact that individuals and companies will need to undertake that work. It is an individual responsibility. If you are out there and you are polluting the environment as an individual, it is your responsibility to pay for and clean up the mess.    read more

Eumundi and District Historical Association

Mr ELMES (Noosa—LNP) (10.07 pm): I rise tonight to speak about the town of Eumundi, a community in my electorate of Noosa with an extraordinary community spirit. On 17 September I attended and chaired the election of office-bearers for the AGM of the Eumundi and District Historical Association. The EHA runs the famous Eumundi Markets, which are at the heart of this community and the proceeds of which are distributed to worthwhile local community organisations.   read more 

Liquor and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2008

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (7.50 pm): I rise to speak to the Liquor and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2008. As we have just heard from the shadow minister, the member for Clayfield, the LNP agrees with many aspects of this bill. But in my short presentation tonight I would like to concentrate on some of the areas that we have concerns with and, also from the point of view of a local member, some of the concerns that I have and some suggestions that perhaps the Treasurer, as the responsible minister, may like to take on board. But we need to understand what the problem is so far as drinking is concerned. I would like to quote a couple of statistics before I begin in earnest.    read more

Wilful Negligence

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (10.52 pm): On Friday, 15 August I was honoured to be asked to colaunch a book with the member for Nicklin, Peter Wellington. The book is a teenage autobiography entitled Wilful Negligence. It was written under the pseudonym of Thadeus Hunt, who is now better known to everyone on the Sunshine Coast as Tony Herman.    read more

Summary Offences (Graffiti Removal Powers) Amendment Bill 2008

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (5.08 pm): I rise to speak to the Summary Offences (Graffiti Removal Powers) Amendment Bill 2008. As we all know, and as everyone has so far spoken about during the debate tonight, graffiti is one of those things we cannot get away from. It is there wherever we go. Although the opposition is supporting the bill, one of the things that concerns me is that I for one believe we are not doing enough in this bill to bring the perpetrators, particularly the ones out there with the tags and so forth, to a greater degree of justice than what is currently the case.   read more

Criminal Code and Other Acts (Graffiti Clean-up) Amendment Bill 2008

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (8.14 pm): I rise tonight to speak in the debate on the Criminal Code and Other Acts (Graffiti Clean-up) Amendment Bill 2008. I have just listened to the greatest piece of left-wing claptrap I have heard in the two years that I have been in this parliament. I cannot believe the way those on the opposite side of this parliament are carrying on about something that the rest of society seems to consider is a very serious issue in their communities. Those on the other side have an excuse which does nothing more than back up the airy-fairy piece of legislation that was passed in this parliament last night.  read more

2008 Budget

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (2.48 pm): This week is the week of the Treasurer’s first budget and of course for him it is a momentous one. This budget is what the Treasurer will be measured against in the future and, from the look of things, the Treasurer is trying to set the bar very low. It would appear that he is not trying very hard at all. While Queensland families face tough economic times, massive stock market losses, skyrocketing oil prices and the increased cost of living pressures, the Queensland government will continue to enjoy rosy economic times for many years to come according to this budget.   read more

ANZAC DAY, Coolum-Peregian RSL

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.49 pm): Tonight I rise to draw the attention of the House to the magnificent Anzac Day celebrations conducted by the Coolum-Peregian RSL subbranch and to recognise the efforts of that group. Last Friday I was privileged to attend my 19th Anzac Day dawn service at Coolum. I was proud to witness an old mate of mine and Coolum community stalwart, Bill Powell, conduct his first Anzac Day service as president of the subbranch. Prior to Anzac Day, on 11 April I was invited to the relatively new rooms at the RSL to meet with the district’s returned veterans, retired Defence Force personnel and their supporters. I can tell the House that their thirst has not diminished over the years. I spent the better part of two very happy hours serving behind the bar and pouring drinks for Tony Padroth, Tony Lewis, Mike Buchanan, John Miller, Jim Husband and many others.   read more

National Gas (Queensland) Bill 2008

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (5.47 pm): I rise to contribute to the debate on the National Gas (Queensland) Bill 2008. I say at the outset that we might be setting some sort of a record tonight because we will pass a bill that is only up to the second reading stage in South Australia, as I understand it. It is last on the notice paper down there. We will pass our bill before the South Australian parliament gets a chance to debate their bill.    read more

Peregian Beach Desalination Plant

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.19 pm): I rise tonight to speak on behalf of the residents of Peregian Beach who are deeply concerned that their community continues to be highlighted as a potential site for a desalination plant on the Sunshine Coast. That a government would even consider constructing a plant in a small coastal village, built on a narrow strip of land and sandwiched between the beach and a national park, would seem at complete odds with common sense, yet this is what the Deputy Premier is proposing for Peregian.   read more

Youth Violence

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.44 pm): Members of this House know that I have been pleading with the police minister to take the issue of violence, especially youth violence, seriously since I was elected to this place. On 10 December 2007 I wrote a letter to the minister inviting her to Noosa. In that letter I stated read more

Iconic Queensland Places Bill 2008

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (2.49 pm): I rise to add to the debate concerning the Iconic Queensland Places Bill 2008. As one of the two members in this House representing a proposed iconic area under the bill, I trust that the minister and the government will pay particular attention to the amendments put forward by the opposition and which are certainly wholly supported by me. This bill is poorly thought out and is a rushed piece of legislation which, if enacted in its current form, would not see the soon-to-be former ratepayers of the Noosa shire council given the protection that they deserve and that the Premier has guaranteed. Only today I received a briefing at the eleventh hour from the government advising us of amendments to rectify some simple typos in the bill, although I do welcome some of the changes to ensure that the regulation-making power is directed towards providing guidelines of integrity to the panel to create registers for interests and conflicts. I also welcome a code of conduct being implemented through the regulation-making power.    read more 

Noosa Police Resources

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (6.07 pm): I rise tonight to again comment on the appalling lack of police allocated to the Noosa electorate by the Bligh Labor government. We are fortunate in Noosa that murders, rapes and other serious crimes are rare. What we do have, though, is an older population that is very attuned to crimes and disturbances such as public drunkenness, violence, hoonings, bashings, assaults, vandalism, petty theft and the like. These are growing problems and we do not have sufficient numbers of police to deal with them. In her many criticisms of me, the minister chanced the line that many of these crimes have decreased in number. The fact is that many of these crimes go unreported, because residents know that even if the police are able to attend it would be long after the perpetrators have disappeared.   read more 

 

2007 Parliamentary Speeches


2007 Parliamentary Speeches


2007 Parliamentary Speeches

Local Government Amendment Bill 2007

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (3.51 pm): I rise today to speak to the Local Government Amendment Bill 2007. This is the first time since this whole local government reform process came into being that I am in a position to actually agree with the government on one particular point—that is, the abolition, if you like, of this particular part of the legislation.   read more

Law and Order 

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (5.57 pm): I rise to contribute to the debate on law and order. So far during this debate we have heard a lot about the new laws, new equipment and so forth that the government has put in place. In my contribution I would like to talk about the effects of violence, particularly violence fuelled by drugs and alcohol, on my community of Noosa. It is indeed a worrying trend that there seems to be a greater combination of alcohol and drugs supplied to kids under the age of 18 and some of the so-called adults who are over the age of 18 and are able to legally gain access to places where they can be served alcohol.  read more

South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) Bill 2007

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (7.42 pm): I rise to add to the debate on the South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) Bill 2007. I would like to preface my remarks by noting from the outset that this is not a water shortage that we had to have. This water shortage is one of the legacies left over from Kevin Rudd in his old position as chief of staff to Wayne Goss and their other good buddy Wayne Swan when they refused to build the Wolffdene Dam.   read more

Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (3.23 pm): I rise to discuss the Environmental Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2007. I have two principal concerns about the administrative machinery changes that would be enacted by this bill. I hope the minister will take these on board. However, before I go further, may I say that the current practices of the government to bundle several bills together for amendment while supposedly pragmatic is, in my opinion, somewhat reckless because it does not allow for proper debate of each amendment on its individual merits. I do hope in the future we can move on and debate them properly.   read more

Personal Safety

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (10.17 pm): I would like to make a contribution on behalf of all of the residents of the Sunshine Coast, which of course includes the Noosa electorate. The decline in personal and residential safety due to the growth in violence brought about by alcohol and drug abuse can no longer be tolerated. Street fights, gang violence, vandalism, hooning and, to use the Premier’s expression, ‘lewd behaviour’ must be stamped out.    read more

Queensland Heritage and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2007

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (11.59 am): I congratulate the member for Gympie on his previous remarks. I rise to speak to the Queensland Heritage and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2007. This bill highlights and identifies a number of welcome provisions, which include the release of the Queensland Heritage Council from the bureaucratic burdens of the day-to-day management of the Heritage Register. The bill also allows it to focus on strategic management for the protection of Queensland’s heritage sites. The bill will also remove complications from what was a terribly convoluted and confusing process. I welcome these kinds of changes, which reverse the state Labor government’s trend towards increased bureaucracy and inefficiencies. I cannot help but welcome another reversal of Labor policy and that is to recognise and empower local government. Rather than to disengage and bureaucratise local councils, this bill will allow local councils to decide what sites are important to their ratepayers and empower them to protect and care for them.    read more

Transport Operation (Road Use Management - Green Vehicles Concession) Amendment Bill

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (7.45 pm): This is a bill that really needs little explanation or debate. It is a matter of simple common sense. If this government is serious about reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Queensland, then it needs to get serious about providing some incentive for people to do so in the short term. It needs to act now. One simple way for the government to do this is by encouraging people to drive vehicles that emit little or no greenhouse gases. It was disappointing to note that the Premier, when she was Treasurer and handed down this year’s budget, did not offer an incentive to Queenslanders to drive energy efficient vehicles at the time but chose instead to increase the registration payable on those vehicles. I note in the comments by the minister the number of these hybrid vehicles that are around the place. There are only a few hundred of them on the roads in Queensland and yet in 2007 there will be an additional 157,000 new passenger car registrations in Queensland. In terms of revenue raised from registration, it is not a problem in that particular area.  read more

Queensland Health

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (12.02 pm): I would like to bring to the notice of the House the complete failure of Queensland Health in the case of a constituent of mine, Paul Asquith. Mr Asquith came to my office on 26 September in severe pain and gave me the following account of his treatment: he went to the emergency department at Nambour Hospital in the first couple of days of September with severe bowel pain. After a long wait he was told that he had an infection, was given medication and sent home. About a week later the pain was worse so back to the emergency department he went, underwent more tests and was sent home again. With still no improvement and in pain and several visits to his GP later, he went to Nambour Hospital for a third time—he thinks on 20 September—and was admitted. More tests were done, including CT scans and ultrasound. He was told that he would also need to have an endoscopy and a colonoscopy. He was discharged with the impression that the tests would be done in a couple of days. Paul has since been told by the hospital, ‘We don’t have anyone here who does scopes,’ and that it would be some time before the tests could be done.    read more

Community Organisations

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.53 pm): Tonight I rise to address the House on matters dear to the heart of all Queenslanders—matters relating to our communities and the organisations who play pivotal roles in supporting and helping the disadvantaged amongst us. As the year draws to a close, the majority of us approach the holiday season with joy. For some, however, the expectations are not of joy but of need and disadvantage. In Noosa we are exceptionally blessed with a number of associations who strive to meet these needs.  read more

Noosa Electorate Flooding

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (7.52 pm): I rise tonight to speak about the recent extraordinary rainfall that fell across my electorate, together with the flooding of the Noosa River, which threatened homes and businesses. As many members would know already, Noosa received the worst storm and flooding since 1992. The only reason the flood damage was not worse was the excellent work of the local authorities, the Noosa and Maroochy communities and especially our SES volunteers. In fact, reports say that the total rainfall was more than 950 millimetres over the week and that floodwaters rose by 1.7 metres.    read more

Environmental Protection Amendment Bill 2007

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (4.30 pm): I rise today to discuss the Environmental Protection Amendment Bill 2007. Generally speaking, I am in favour of tougher restrictions on littering and antisocial behaviour that negatively impacts on the environment. It is important that we keep our environment special and pristine. This is a core belief of the people in my area of Noosa and me. Good stewardship is a duty that falls to all of us and I support regulations enforcing compliance with this duty by all people.   read more

Local Government Reform

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (11.51 am): I rise to speak on forced council amalgamations and to provide some great news of hope to the wider Queensland community and their desire for a return to democracy. I welcome to the public gallery today representatives from the Anti-Amalgamation Army for Democracy, and it is on behalf of these people from communities across Queensland that I proudly speak today.   read more

Local Government Reform Implementation Bill 2007

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (5.53 pm): I rise to speak against the Local Government Reform Implementation Bill 2007. This bill represents tyranny in its operation and the destruction of Noosa in its performance. What is worse is that the handling of this bill and the entire process of amalgamations represents a pattern of deceit by the Premier and this government. I say tyranny because despite overwhelming opposition from within Noosa from citizens and businesses, opposition from both sides of politics, opposition from all manner of high places, Mr Beattie and his minister refuse to see reason. They refuse to listen to the people of Noosa. They are hell-bent on imposing their amalgamations through any means necessary.    read more

2007 Estimates: Committee F

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (8.20 pm): I would like to make some brief comments on Estimates Committee F. I will concentrate particularly on the environment portfolio, particularly as it applies to the Noosa electorate.   read more

Yandina Creek Quarry

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (11.07 pm): I rise to address the House tonight on the subject of extractive industries and their impact on the environment and social wellbeing of communities. Specifically, I refer to the community of Yandina Creek in my Noosa electorate and measuring the triple bottom line of social, financial and environmental outcomes of a proposed quarry which is a mere 400 metres from their homes.   read more

2007 Estimates: Commitee B

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (2.43 pm): Today I rise to make a short contribution to the debate on Estimates Committee B, and the police force portfolio in particular. The principle requirement of a peaceful society is an orderly society. Without order there cannot be a society; there can only be anarchy. In our community the Queensland Police Service is delegated with maintaining law and order, and they have a very difficult job to do.   read more

Local Government Reform

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (3.02 pm): I stand here today and speak on behalf of about 50,000 people in the Noosa shire. All of us—every single one of us—feels the way a person would if someone broke into their home one night and started to destroy the things that they felt were of value and that they had built up during their life. That is how my community feels.   read more

Liquor (Restriction of Supply to Minors) Amendment Bill.

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.01 pm): I rise very briefly tonight in support of the Liquor (Restriction of Supply to Minors) Amendment Bill. I have been sitting here for most of this debate listening to the comments that have come across the chamber from those opposite and I am wondering whether I live in a part of Queensland that does not exist—   read more

Kin Kin Community

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (10.38 pm): I want to spend the time available to me to talk specifically about the town of Kin Kin, one of the smaller communities in the electorate of Noosa. I have previously raised in the parliament the development application proposed for Kin Kin known as ‘The Edge’. While I can appreciate the circumstances under which the Deputy Premier called in this application, tonight gives me an opportunity to talk a little more extensively about the Kin Kin community and the measures it is taking to try to forge a successful future.   read more

Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading Bill 2007

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (7.51 pm): I rise to speak on the Voluntary Carbon Credit Trading Bill 2007. I commend the bill and applaud my colleague, the member for Moggill, for having the foresight and leadership to introduce this bill in the parliament. This government has aligned Queensland to be the Smart State and this bill is an excellent example of how Queensland can live up to this self-styled name.   read more

2007 Appropriations Bills

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.43 pm): I rise to respond to this year’s budget and in doing so I have a few comments I wish to make. Firstly, let me applaud the Treasurer for deciding to return some of the flood of cash to the people of Queensland in the form of road upgrades in my electorate. I am pleased and I thank the Treasurer for heeding my calls to upgrade the Yandina-Coolum Road between Valdora Road and Arcoona Road. Some in this place might remember that some weeks ago there was a fatal accident on the corner of Arcoona Road and Yandina-Coolum Road, and while the $2.5 million allocation is welcome and necessary it is but a drop in the bucket compared to the amount that needs to be spent on what is one of the main access points into not only Coolum but the Sunshine Coast.   read more

Local Government Reform

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (6.08 pm): I rise in support of the opposition’s motion on this particular subject. I start by thanking the Premier for bringing to the attention of the parliament yesterday in question time the correspondence that he received from his very good mate Sir Richard Branson. In the hurly-burly of question time, poor old Premier Pete did not get the opportunity to expand on the details of that correspondence. For the benefit of Labor members opposite, I thought I would give the House an idea what the Premier’s best mate actually thinks about the amalgamation of the Noosa shire. I will quote from the letter.   read more

Senate Vacancy: Sue Boyce

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (12.22 pm): I do not want to let this opportunity go by without offering my very personal congratulations to Sue. She is a great mate and I could not be happier to see her and her daughter sitting here today to accept the nomination of this parliament. It is a wonderful, wonderful day. For anyone who knows Sue and the work that she has done in the Liberal Party over a great many years, it is one of those rewards that have been long in coming. I know that she will celebrate it and work exceptionally hard over the many years of her career in the Australian Senate to make sure that she fulfils her destiny.   read more

 

Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2006

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (3.32 pm): I wish it was with some degree of pleasure that I was standing here today and speaking in the debate on the Local Government and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2006. Prior to Tuesday of this week I expected to be standing here today and, in the main at least, supporting the legislation before the House. There are some very good provisions in it. The announcement on Tuesday by the minister concerning the wholesale amalgamation of local authorities across Queensland makes it impossible for either me or the coalition to support the wholesale slaughter of one level of government in Queensland.   read more

 

Mill Point Cemetary Restoration Project

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.39 pm): In this year of celebration of Queensland’s 150th birthday, it is with great pleasure that I am able to report on the positive direction of an historically significant project which illustrates the benefits of collaboration. I refer to the Mill Point cemetery restoration project. Mill Point is located in the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park, on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, and is the site of one of the earliest timber settlements in Queensland, operating as a flourishing community between 1869 and 1892.   read more

 

Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2006

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (3.16 pm): I rise to speak to the Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2006. I note the comments made by the member for Clayfield in his speech. He outlined the coalition’s position and the fact that for the most part the coalition is very happy with the contents of the bill. Community groups and incorporated organisations across Queensland have been waiting for some years now for amendments to this legislation. They will certainly be happy. I hope during my short presentation I can outline a few things I would like to see happen along the way as well.   read more

Coolum Ambulance Station

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.51 pm): I wish to raise the issue of the chosen site for the proposed new Coolum ambulance station. Concerns have been put to me that the current site does not comply under the Coolum Land Use and Transport Study and, what is worse, it is too far removed from the closest access point to the Sunshine Motorway and will be immediately opposite residences on the adjacent hillside and housing estates. The QAS originally announced that the station would be built opposite the existing Woolworths complex on South Coolum Road.   read more

Butterfly Kids

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.33 pm): Last Saturday I was honoured to compere a fundraising auction for a group known as Butterfly Kids, an extremely worthy not-for-profit community group that provides respite and support to 286 disabled children and their families within the Noosa shire by offering specialised equipment and assistance. This support extends to families and carers, special education units, sporting and recreation clubs and other community groups that have services that benefit children and teenagers with a disability within the shire.    read more

Johns Road Quarry

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (12.29 pm): I would like to draw the attention of the House to an environmental disaster that has occurred under the nose of the environment department over the past 10 months. On 24 October 2006, the Noosa Parks Association—the NPA—wrote to the environment minister and the then Minister for Natural Resources and Water alerting them to environmental damage at the Johns Road Quarry at Lake Cooroibah. That warning went unanswered. The operator, who was removed from the site by police on 17 January this year, is Mr Ted Allan of Noosa Washed Sand. Mr Allan is in partnership with Michael Sherrin, who owns a hire company.     read more

2006 Parliamentary Speeches


2006 Parliamentary Speeches


2006 Parliamentary Speeches

Wild Rivers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill

I am delighted to rise to speak to the Wild Rivers and Other Legislation Amendment Bill.    read more

Water Supply

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (12.39 pm): I would like to spend the few minutes available to me to alert the House to yet more information regarding the self-imposed crisis of water supply to the south-east corner. Last week, the Mayor of Maroochy Shire Council, Joe Natoli, announced that he had offered the Queensland government 10 billion litres of class A recycled water that could be used in the south-east corner of the state every year, but as usual there was no response until the offer was made public and then only that the Premier wanted more information. But there is a lot more to this story.   read more

Nature Conservation Amendment Bill 2006

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.16 pm): I rise to speak to the Nature Conservation Amendment Bill 2006. This is a strange debate in that the government already has the power to cancel duck and quail hunting seasons, which I fully support. The government has cancelled seasons in the past, and I earnestly hope that all seasons are cancelled from this time on. In my electorate of Noosa we have a deep affinity with our environment. The communities of Noosa, Coolum, Eumundi and the hinterland towns are made up of people who have chosen to become part of the local environment rather than ride roughshod over it. We have demonstrated this commitment time and time again. It is reflected in local government planning and will be further demonstrated following the signing off on Noosa council’s submission to have the Noosa shire formally declared a biosphere reserve under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program, or the MAB program as it is to be known.    read more

Noosa Electorate, Police Resources

Mr ELMES (Noosa—Lib) (9.59 pm): I rise tonight to speak on an issue of real concern to the electorate of Noosa—that is, the level of forward planning by the Beattie Labor government on police strength in the Noosa, Coolum and Eumundi police divisions. We are fortunate in my community that very serious crime is reasonably rare. What does occur—and it is increasing—is minor crimes like hooning and vandalism which can only be countered by having police on the streets when they are needed.   read more