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.

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.

Gravestones desecrated at SA cemetery

  Gravestones desecrated at SA cemetery Vandals have smashed headstones and memorials at a cemetery in South Australia's mid-north, causing $300,000 worth of damage. Locals discovered 46 headstones had been damaged at the Auburn cemetery in the Clare Valley on Saturday.Police say the vandals pushed over and smashed the headstones and are appealing for witnesses.

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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