The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been accused of being void of ideas, after it tried to claim credit for a policy initiated by the LNP Government.
Described as a ‘radical bid’ to slash Queensland’s road toll, the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government has confirmed it would follow through with the LNP’s new Q-SAFE practical driving test.
Acting Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said Labor’s blatant plagiarism was another example of an inexperienced government just making it up on the run.
“The changes to the driving test for learner drivers ‘unveiled’ by the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government today, were actually ‘unveiled’ by the LNP Government almost three years ago,” Mr Powell said.
“In 2012, Minister Scott Emerson outlined the LNP’s plan to overhaul Queensland driving tests for the first time in more than a decade.
“We then underwent extensive public consultation before introducing a hugely successful pilot program to test the changes at seven sites across Queensland.
“For Minister Mark Bailey to try and claim credit for yet another LNP initiative goes to show that this Labor Government has no plan, no policies and no ideas of its own.”
LNP Media Releases can be found here:
Tougher test, safer drivers (June, 2014) http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2014/6/8/tougher-test-safer-drivers
No speeding in driver test (May, 2014) http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2014/5/13/no-speeding-in-driver-test
Licence reform for QLD drivers (May, 2013) http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2013/5/19/license-reform-for-queensland-drivers
Licence test overhaul open for comment (August, 2012) http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2012/8/20/licence-test-overhaul-open-for-comment
Mr Powell said with just three weeks until the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government’s first Budget is to be handed down, it was about time Labor started showing some credibility.
“A bipartisan approach to good policy is always welcomed, but to try and claim something as your own reeks of desperation,” he said.
“We’ve seen this kind of behaviour time and time again from the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government, across numerous portfolios, and it isn’t good enough.
“Queenslanders deserve a government that has a plan, not for Labor to hand in the LNP’s homework.”
Mr Powell said the tougher driving tests were part of the LNP’s $350million, two year Road Safety Action Plan.