Opinion Pieces

Check out opinion pieces that Murray Watt has written.

DAILY TELEGRAPH, 20th APRIL 2021: INVEST IN DISASTER PREPARATION AND PROTECT NSW

April 20, 2021

For the second year in a row NSW has copped what’s been described as a “once-in-a -generation” disaster. So why isn't the Morrison Government spending its $4bn disaster prevention fund?

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WHAT BUSHFIRE SURVIVORS WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

December 22, 2020

Last December was a horror time for families in bushfire affected regions, as the Black Summer fires tore through large parts of the country. As communities mark the first anniversary of the tragic fires, there is still plenty of recovery work to be done.

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WHY LABOR OPPOSES BIG BUSINESS TAX CUTS

June 29, 2018

Labor's win in the Longman by-election has shown one thing very clearly - Queenslanders do not want to see their schools and hospitals cut to pay for a $17 billion tax cut for the big banks. Despite this clear message, Malcolm Turnbull and his Queensland MPs continue to back in the big business tax cut. There has been a lot of colour and light around this debate, but I thought you deserved the facts on why Labor is opposing these tax cuts.

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HFC ROLLOUT DELAY COULD SLUG TAXPAYERS WITH $500 MILLION COST

December 11, 2017

Before a Joint Standing Committee, the NBN chief financial officer (Stephen Rue) conceded the HFC rollout delay could have a negative $500 million impact on the project. "If the program was delayed by six months, what you have is, we have I think 1.9 million customers still to connect, that we expect to connect," he said.

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NATS’ FAKE FIGHTS WON’T MAKE UP FOR FAILING OUR REGIONS

December 06, 2017

Elections have many consequences. They can change governments, change policies, and elect all sorts of colourful characters. For the National Party wing of Queensland’s LNP, the State election result has had another consequence. They’ve woken up to the fact their supporters have deserted them.

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LAND 400 PROJECTS SHOULD BE JUST THE START FOR FEDERAL LNP MPs

July 13, 2017

Last week produced a groundbreaking "announcement" from Queensland's 26 Federal LNP MPs. Yes, they will take a temporary ceasefire from their usual infighting, to try to secure a large defence contract for Queensland. No guarantees mind you, but after four years in office, they've decided to try to work together for our state. I am genuinely pleased. The Palaszczuk Government has been working diligently for months to encourage the two...

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A FAIR GO FOR AUSTRALIA