Greetings all as the first quarter of 2020 is rapidly coming to a close. The big story on everyone's lips is the world-wide health alert over the brand-new epidemic called coronavirus. Not only ruining the reputation of a great beer, it is hard to gauge at this point in time how much damage this virus will do to the well-being of Australia and the world's population and importantly how much damage it will do to the economy of Australia.
Already on the Gold Coast we are feeling the effects of a drop in Chinese tourism and no doubt our resource sector, the main economic backbone of Queensland's economy will be debilitated by our two greatest trading partners in China and Japan having heavy restrictions placed upon them to try and halt the spread of this killer disease. When one door shuts another door opens and hopefully the drop in overseas travel by Australians because of the coronavirus will bring a lift in domestic tourism to the Gold Coast with Aussies choosing to holiday at home in Australia's No. 1 tourism destination rather than risk contracting coronavirus in some far-flung country that doesn't have the protection our isolated island nation can provide.
Unfortunately, one of the saddest statistics of the early quarter of 2020 is that Queensland has the highest unemployment rate of any state in Australia at 6.3%. This is a damning statistic on the Palaszczuk Labor Government of Queensland and is a direct result of their left-wing alliance with the Greens Party stopping more jobs in the mining sector and more jobs in the tourism sector. For Queensland to be top of the unemployment statistics in Australia when we have the best mining, tourism, construction and agriculture sectors beggar's belief. The good news is that we can change that around on 31st October this year when the State election is due. I can't bear the thought or possibility that we might have this dodgy Labor crew in power for 4 more years and I am sure most Queenslanders will agree with me come October.
Last week in parliament we passed legislation to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Spit. The Spit is a wonderful area for tourism and enterprise on the Gold Coast and with further Government funding can become a tourism focal point of the Gold Coast. A magnificent public park on the eastern side of the Spit similar to King's Park in Perth or Central Park in New York would be an economic driver in itself but it requires funding and commitment by both State and Local Government and I hope I see the day when The Spit Masterplan comes to fruition.
Should you have any State issues you would like to discuss please feel free to contact my office on: Tel: 5600 0100 / Email: Mermaid.Beach@parliament.qld.gov.au
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Ray Stevens MP
State Member for Mermaid Beach
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