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Welcome to My First Bulletin!

Today I bring to you the first of many Brittany's Bulletins which I hope you will find both interesting and useful!

Today also marks the first day that the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out in Queensland - something we can all celebrate as we recover from this global pandemic. This vaccine will save lives and will protect our frontline healthcare workers, the elderly and vulnerable people in our community. 

Despite the vaccine’s arrival, this year will still be a challenging year as we recover from COVID-19 and the impact on our community. Now that the election dust has cleared, my team and I are hard at work preparing to deliver on the Palaszczuk Government’s election promises.

There is so much excitement and positivity in the electorate of Keppel. There’s no where else in the world I would rather be as many other parts of the world grapples with this global pandemic. 

I am optimistic about Keppel’s future - I’m positive that it is going to be four years of growth in industry, jobs and community services.

I hope this newsletter is interesting and informative for you and I look forward to bringing you many more into the future!

Yours sincerely,

Brittany Lauga MP
Member for Keppel
Assistant Minister for Education

Thanks to all of my supporters and friends!

Firstly, for those who played a part in the 2020 election campaign, please accept my heartfelt thanks. From my campaign manager Paul Hoolihan, to those who stood roadside with corflutes every day, made tens of thousands of phone calls and knocked in doors, stood with me at pre-poll, or volunteered behind the scenes; it was a wonderful team effort and I could not have done it without you.

Volunteers are the stitching that underpins the fabric of our community, and the Labor Party truly values, and thanks, the many of you who gave up your time and your skills, and all in good humour despite the long hours.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you; you are all living treasures.

Thanks, also, to the party branches and the SEC for firstly nominating me for the seat of Keppel again, and for your sage advice and valuable financial support.

This campaign was, I believe, our best and it’s thanks largely to Labor branchies and volunteers!

Now we have a four-year term in government to build on our good work from the past few years, and continue make a real, positive difference in Keppel, and Queensland.

Thanks also to the many voters who have contacted me with congratulations and well-wishes for the future. I look forward to working with you all.

Swearing in as Assistant Minister for Education

It is an hour and a privilege to be asked by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to continue as Assistant Minister for Education in the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

I was sworn in as Assistant Minister for Education on 12 November 2020 and on that same day, my mother Sharon McKee received a recognition of service certificate from the Minister for 30 years as a Queensland state school teacher.

I am looking forward to continuing my working relationship with Minister for Education Grace Grace, and I congratulate her on her re-appointment.

My mother instilled in me the value of a quality education for all Queenslanders, no matter who they are or where they come from.

I joined the Australian Labor Party over 15 years ago becasue I fundamentally believe education is the foundation which we must build our future.

Education is the great social equaliser - it gives hope and a chance to all people in our community.

Now I will be rolling up my sleeves and working to deliver Labor's Education commitments, including $58 million in new school upgrades across Central Queensland, and also hiring more than 6100 new teachers and 1100 new teacher aides right across Queensland.

This is the single biggest investment in teacher in Queensland's history.

Brittany being sworn in as Assistant Minister for Education by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

From the Chamber

State Parliament resumed for two weeks before Christmas to pass the Palaszczuk Labor Government Budget and other important legislation. Among the issues:

  • The Palaszczuk Government re-introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic items in Queensland, starting with straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates. Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Meaghan Scanlon MP said that the Palaszczuk Government was committed to reducing the devastating impact of plastic waste on marine life and the environment.
  • Queensland will remain at the forefront of renewable hydrogen with the State Government committing a further $10 million over the next four years to develop the renewable hydrogen industry in Queensland. More information about the Queensland Hydrogen Industry Development Strategy here
  • Substantial reforms to strengthen Queensland’s guardianship system have taken effect, giving greater protection to the more vulnerable in our community such as the elderly and those with impaired capacity.
  • The State Government will move immediately to further crackdown on juvenile crime. The new measures will target hardcore youth criminals who repeatedly offend and put the community at risk. Courts will get more powers.  

Parliament sits again this week from February 22-25.

Read more at Media Statements - Ministerial Media Statements

Minister for the Environment and Minister for Youth Meaghan Scanlon MP and I in Parliament recently - who wore it better?! 😂

First Sitting Week of 2021

Parliament sits again on February 22-25, and I have a number of Parliamentary roles in addition to my role as Keppel MP and Assistant Minister for Education, including Queensland Representative for Commonwealth Women in Parliament; Co-Patron of Parliamentary Friends of Surf Lifesaving; Co-Chair of Parliamentary Friends of Resources and the Queensland Government’s War on Wrecks Taskforce.

This coming week in Parliament I will be meeting with stakeholders including the Queensland Council of Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Qld Inc, Boomerang Alliance, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Woppaburra Elders and Palliative Care Queensland.

Labor women Members of the 56th Queensland Parliament. 

Legislation to upgrade fight against DV

Action against coercive control in Queensland is a step closer following this week's announcement by the Palaszczuk Government of an independent task force to examine teh issue, with former Court of Appeal judge the Hon. Margaret McMurdo AC at the chair.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the taskforce would recommend how best to legislate against coercive control as a form of domestic and family violence.

"Legislating against coercive control was a commitment we took to the election late last year," the Premier said.

"The establishment of the task force is a significant step towards meeting this commitment."

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government had committed to consulting extensively on the matter..

"We will consult with a wide range of survivors, domestic and sexual violence service providers, legal and domestic violence experts and the community," she said.

Brittany backs fight against single-use plastics

As the Palaszczuk Government moves to up the ante in the battle to tackle plastic waste, Katie Connor (pictured with Brittany at the Honeybee Collective in Emu Park), has got the jump on most in the hospitality trade when it comes to embracing the government’s Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan.

“We decided to ban plastic straws to get them out of our waterways and oceans,” she said.

“We also have sustainable coffee containers, called Hug Cups, which get rid of the single-use coffee cups which pollute our environment.”

Known on Facebook as “Katie Coffee”, she took the decision “months ago”, to commit to using sustainable utensils and containers for her food, having voluntarily made the decision to totally ban single-use plastic equipment.

Brittany has been driving a plastic-free Queensland for some years and has worked closely with Plastic Bag Free Livingstone (PBFL) as well as the Boomerang Alliance and the Blue Tangaroa.

After energizing the ban of single-use plastic bags, she shares Katie’s vision and has other single-use plastics in her sights.

“These are a serious problem for the environment,” she said.

“The Palaszczuk Government has introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic straws, plates, cutlery and stirrers.”

Around 300 million tonnes of plastic waste are produced every year and about half of all plastic is designed to be used only once and then thrown away.

What’s in the Queensland Budget 2020-2021 for Keppel?

The electorate of Keppel did very well out of the Palaszczuk Government Budget which was handed down in November.

Please find below just some of the projects funded which we are working to deliver:

  • $796,398 towards Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary dinosaur themed tourist attraction, incl 35 x life size dinosaurs, Dinosaur Dig, mini-golf, picnic, playground and new entry & kiosk, worth $893,398.
  • Great Keppel Island Rejuvenation Pilot - $2,500,000 of $30 million to deliver enabling infrastructure to stimulate tourism development on the island and throughout the region.
  • $1,500,000 of $2.986,000 total cost Western Yeppoon - Emu Park Road · Taranganba Road to Yeppoon Road, upgrade cycling facilities
  • Rockhampton Drug Rehabilitation and Treatment Facility - $4 854 000 to continue a new 42-bed residential alcohol and other drug
  • $2 million upgrade to Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour for better facilities for local boaties and tourists accessing the southern Great Barrier Reef
  • $500,000 for increased capacity at Taranganba State School OSHC
  • $12.8 million for an expansion and refurbishment of the mental health ward at Rockhampton Hospital
  • Multi-million dollar upgrades to Emu Park, Farnborough, Keppel Sands, Mount Archer, Taranganba & Yeppoon State Schools
  • $8.2 million to commence the delivery of a cardiac hybrid theatre to establish diagnostic and interventional cardiac services to support a wide range of cardiovascular procedures, worth $18.2 million.
  • $1 .3 million to continue the upgrade of the Rockhampton Ambulance Station and Operations Centre, worth $7 million.
  • $652,000 to continue the upgrade of the adult mental health services and anti-ligature, worth $6.8 million
  • $150,000 to commence the refurbishment and delivery of a 6-bed expansion to the Rockhampton Hospital mental health ward, worth $6 million.
  • Yeppoon State High School - Additional School Infrastructure. $3.74 million of $9.55 million - Additional classrooms.  

On a broader Budget note:

  • The Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan outlined a five-year initiative to enhance and sustain Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ ability to plan for and respond to incidents and major disasters. 
  • The Palaszczuk Government’s 2020/21 record Police Budget will contribute to the biggest boost to policing in Queensland in three decades. The 2020/21 budget supports the rollout of an extra 2025 police personnel over five years.
  • A record $14.2 billion in education funding has been allocated by the Palaszczuk Government in the 2020-21 State Budget.
  • A $21.8 billion record health budget will help build new and improved hospitals, ambulance stations and health facilities, creating more than 4400 construction and health jobs.
Queensland’s 2020-2021 budget will deliver on key election commitments as the Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver its plan for economic recovery.I would encourage you to view more Budget news at Mapping the Queensland Budget.
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