Australia Palaszczuk pledges millions in health funding to switch focus away from Adani

12:07  13 november  2017
12:07  13 november  2017 Source:   9News.com.au

Adani: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk withdraws Government involvement in mine funding

  Adani: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk withdraws Government involvement in mine funding Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the Queensland Government will not be involved in assessing a loan to Adani for its Carmichael coal mine, blaming a smear campaign by the LNP targeting her partner, however Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls refuses to support her decision.The Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) is considering an application by the Indian company for concessional Commonwealth funds for a rail link.

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Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is running for reelection in the northeastern-most this month after the local premier shocked observers by pledging to block a A0 million loan considered vital for it to go ahead. Report: Fund considering Adani coal mine loan ‘obsessed with secrecy’.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk seems determined to leave the first half of her Adani-plagued election campaign behind her, switching her focus today to health with the announcement of $154 million to reduce hospital waiting lists.

The announcement brings Labor’s health election promises to $1 billion.

In the south of the state, opposition leader Tim Nicholls made the rounds on breakfast radio and was quizzed about his citizenship status, admitting his mother was not born in Australia.

Adani should not get loan: Qld voter poll

  Adani should not get loan: Qld voter poll A new poll commissioned by the Stop Adani Alliance shows 70 per cent of voters don't want the Indian miner to be given a taxpayer-funded loan.Annastacia Palaszczuk has distanced herself from a poll showing most Queenslanders believe the state should block any taxpayer-funded loan to Indian mining giant Adani.

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Palaszczuk denies any Adani loan conflict1:31. Speaking on the Gold Coast where he announced 0 million in funding for a second M1 highway in conjunction with the Federal Government, Mr ‘I’ll build trains in Maryborough’. Labor’s new pledge steps on the gas. Holy hustings, it’s Bill Shorten.

Annastasia Palaszczuk has made sure that people don't remember or talk much about Adani's as she pledged millions in health funding © Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images Annastasia Palaszczuk has made sure that people don't remember or talk much about Adani's as she pledged millions in health funding The former Newman government treasurer laughed off the revelation, and was soon on the Sunshine Coast announcing $215 million to build the Sunshine Coast Hospital Link Road.

The link road will cost $430 million in total, with the federal government to pick up the difference, and Mr Nicholls insisted his federal counterparts were "keen" to support the project.

The LNP leader today again refused to commit to accepting One Nation’s support if the minor party holds the balance of power after the election.

"I've been asked that question plenty of times, my position has always been that we are going into this contest to win," he said.

Mr Nicholls also refused to name the six seats he believed the party could pick up to reach the magic number of 47 seats which would grant him a majority in the new 93-seat parliament.

Ms Palaszczuk repeated her concerns that a vote for One Nation was a vote for the LNP and vice-versa.

Today marked the official start of voting, with the opening of pre-polling.

Voters do not need a specific reason to pre-poll, and with election day clashing with the first Ashes Test to be held at the Gabba, cricket fans may consider casting their vote early.

Queensland election: John Howard joins LNP campaign, but not with Tim Nicholls .
Former prime minister John Howard lends his star power to help the LNP, and promises to "walk down the street" with Tim Nicholls next time after being asked why he did not join the Opposition Leader on the campaign trail.Mr Howard met voters in the Brisbane seat of Mt Ommaney with sitting MP Tarnya Smith, saying Mr Nicholls was too far away.

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