State Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk chats with Phillip Kuhrt (centre) and Stuart Cathcart yesterday in Toowoomba.
State Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk chats with Phillip Kuhrt (centre) and Stuart Cathcart yesterday in Toowoomba. BEV LACEY

Palaszczuk critical of LNP

STATE Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had not been prepared for the level of carnage which unfolded on election night but it was time to move forward.

Visiting Toowoomba yesterday, Ms Palaszczuk said she could not think of a better place than the Garden City for her first visit to regional Queensland as opposition leader.

Ms Palaszczuk met with disability workers at the Breakaway Respite Centre and voiced her concerns at the State Government's refusal to participate in a trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

"Despite the Federal Government committing $1 billion in its recent budget to trial the NDIS, the new State Government will not contribute to the scheme," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"It has been suggested by Queensland Advocacy Incorporated that Toowoomba would be suitable to host one of the four pilot sites for the NDIS.

"Toowoomba has proven in the past to be the perfect test centre for any rollout."

The Federal Government believes the NDIS will revolutionise the way people with a disability, their families and carers are supported in Australia.

The plan is to replace the current state and territory disability systems and combine them under one federal banner.

"This initiative can truly be described as a historic opportunity to assist people with a disability, their families and carers," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Yet the State Government has given every indication that they do not want them to benefit.

"This is a disappointing and cold-hearted approach that must change.

"The government needs to stand up and ensure that Queenslanders do not miss out."

Ms Palaszczuk, speaking candidly about the landslide loss at the polls, said there was no denying the road ahead for Labor would be tough.

"Watching the count on election night, I was truly surprised at the level of defeat we were facing," she said.

"I knew we were in trouble but no-one was prepared for what happened.

"Ultimately, the people of Queensland have spoken and we accept that," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said despite the numbers being stacked against the party, she would work hard to rebuild trust with voters.

"Some of our decisions should have been explained better.

"It is a huge job ahead to reconnect and rebuild that trust.

"It will not happen overnight. It will take many years to achieve."


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