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Take a ride on our new Bypass!

And now some good news for visiting friends who have had to grind through the interminable road works on the current Range Crossing: a $Billion-plus cheque signed today by the Federal Treasurer for the long-awaited Second Range Crossing.

This is testament to the bulldog qualities of three comrades of mine, our local MPs – Federally, Ian Macfarlane and locally, Trevor Watts and John McVeigh – gnashing on this bone and not letting go.

Trevor has this neat simulation of the Bypass journey at his website, and for those who know this region, it is well worth a look:

On Steak, Broadband, & LNPW Tea…

LNPW Tea at Tatts

There were just a few of us thorns among the many roses today at the LNP Women’s ‘Tea at Tattersalls’. A couple of us gents were lucky enough to be at the table with Georgie Somerset (pictured): farmer, President of the National Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network, and guest speaker this morning.

The last time I heard Georgie speak was after standing for 30 minutes in an antarctic gale in June outside Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre waiting for admission to Q&A’s travelling road show. That bone-chilling wait really put the Q in Q&A but it was well worth it – not only for the comedian who warmed up the crowd waiting for the cameras to roll, but for the quality of comments by panellists Barnaby Joyce and Georgie Somerset in particular.

Motion to make the Baby Bonus ‘kick in’ when the costs kick in

In my absence (a bit crook late yesterday, so I did not stay for the final day of the LNP Convention) thanks to Bec, one of our Young LNP delegates, for making the case this morning for this small but helpful adjustment to the federal ‘Baby Bonus’ policy. It passed without any opposition. And if it is implemented under an Abbott government, it can stand in tribute to Elise and James, patients of mine (and family friends) who first showed me how difficult it is to make the preparations for a first baby when you are short of money.

Motion to de-fang the Greens-Labor “National Curriculum”

A unanimous vote of support from the 900 delegates at the LNP Convention this morning, with the invaluable input of Senator Brett Mason (pictured). The issue was the culture-changing juggernaut of the Left, the ‘national curriculum’, and how a benign plan under the Coalition to standardise ‘standards’ across the country became an insidious means of inculcating “approved attitudes” in students, once the scheme was in the hands of the left – in particular, under then-education Minister Julia Gillard in 2010.

This was the motion, more or less:

AUDIO: LNP stays sane on same-sex “marriage”

AUDIO of my contribution to the LNP debate on same-sex marriage July 17th 2011

There are times when one can be proud of the goodwill and commonsense of a political party. Today was one such occasion, at the Hilton in Brisbane for the State Conference of the LNP (Liberal National Party – the Queensland centre-right political movement). Delegates passed our branch’s motion with overwhelming support (only one person spoke against it) this morning. The debate was held during an open session, with media present, so I am able to print the motion and my speech in moving the resolution, as below, and give the excerpt from ABC Radio above:

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