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Poverty and Justice
  3. Alcohol abuse
  4. Poker machines
  5. Homelessness and housing affordability
  6. Charter of rights
  7. Prostitution
   


Poverty and Justice

3. Alcohol abuse

Emergency services workers are constantly confronted with the ugly effects of alcohol abuse in our society. The number of violent attacks on emergency services officers is a sign of the damaging toll that alcohol abuse and alcohol fuelled violence are having on our society.

What steps will your party take to reduce the level of alcohol abuse and alcohol related violence in Queensland?

Family First Party Queensland
Family First Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Family First Party Queensland]

 • A culture of drinking will not be changed overnight.

Increase police presence in entertainment precincts.
Parents must be trained to model responsible drinking.
 
Family First Qld understands that a culture of drinking (and often underage binge drinking) will not be changed overnight but that it is the culture which needs to be changed.
 
Family First Qld would increase police presence in entertainment precincts and enforce current legislation surrounding behaviour in public places, underage drinking and the responsible service of alcohol.
 
Education around alcohol must start in the home and parents must be trained to model responsible drinking for their children. Respect for those in authority must also be modelled and taught.
 


Australian Labor Party Queensland
Australian Labor Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Australian Labor Party Queensland]

 • We are trialling Drink Safe Precincts in Fortitude Valley, Surfers Paradise and Townsville.

We are giving authorities the power to ban troublemakers, providing better public transport, more police and more support services.
Parents and members of the community must set the standard of what is acceptable.
 
One of the great parts of being a Queenslander is sharing a beer or wine with friends and mates. But we all want our state to be a safe place and we have a responsibility to be sensible about alcohol.
 
Unfortunately, there will always be a minority of people who don’t drink responsibly and who think they can behave in a threatening or violent way towards others.  A re-elected Labor Government will not tolerate this. That is why we cracked down on irresponsible service of alcohol.
 
That is why we are trialling our Drink Safe Precincts in Fortitude Valley, Surfers Paradise and Townsville which are having a positive impact.
 
And that is why we are giving authorities the power to ban troublemakers, providing better public transport, more police and more support services.
 
But government regulation is not the total solution. As parents and members of the community we have to set the standard of what is acceptable. Each and every one of us has a role to play.


One Nation Queensland Division
One Nation Queensland Division [View responses to all questions from the One Nation Queensland Division]

 Alcohol abuse should be treated as a medical problem so the introduction of responsibility of doctors reporting cases would be a good place to start.



The Queensland Party
The Queensland Party [View responses to all questions from the The Queensland Party]

The Queensland Party believes that the State must step in when people start doing damage to each other, especially emergency services. They propose a common sense approach to reducing the hours that alcohol can be consumed in public, with a review of how it can be that drunken people can continue to be served alcohol.



Liberal National Party
Liberal National Party [View responses to all questions from the Liberal National Party]

 • Work with the community and agencies to reduce the level of alcohol abuse and alcohol related violence in Queensland

Ensure that hotels and clubs take their share of responsibility in the social responsibility that comes with holding a liquor licence
 
The LNP will work tirelessly with the community and agencies to reduce the level of alcohol abuse and alcohol related violence in Queensland that has been allowed to flourish under the Labor Government.
 
We will ensure police act decisively using the powers available. We will hold individual offenders responsible for their actions whilst offering meaningful rehabilitation and reform to those people willing to change.
 
We want to build strong families and communities where alcohol abuse and alcohol related violence are stopped.
 
We want to see the existing liquor laws enforced consistently and objectively across the whole State of Queensland to realise their effectiveness.
 
We will ensure that hotels and clubs take their share of responsibility in the social responsibility that comes with holding a liquor licence and will not hesitate in acting against those who abuse that privilege.
 
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4. Poker machines

The Australian Productivity Commission's report into gambling recommended Governments should limit bets on all electronic gaming machines to $1, restrict the positioning and use of ATMs in gaming venues, and introduce pre-commitment systems.

What recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s report will your party accept to address problem gambling?

Family First Party Queensland
Family First Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Family First Party Queensland]

 • Implement the limiting of bets on electronic gaming machines.

Place restrictions on the placement of ATMs in gaming venues.
Phase in pre-commitment technology.
 
Understanding that poker machines are the major stumbling block for problem gamblers, especially in low socio-economic areas, Family First Qld would accept the findings of the Productivity Commission in this regard and implement the limiting of bets on electronic gaming machines, the restrictions on the placement of ATMs in gaming venues and would phase in over a financially viable period, pre-commitment technology.
 
The State Government needs to be weaned off the profits of gambling and to this end, Family First would promote that licences could be “cashed in” without re-issuing new licences, reducing the number of machines and venues.
 
Family First Qld would introduce an early intervention program for identified problem gamblers. All clubs would be required to implement the program to retain their licence.
 


Australian Labor Party Queensland
Australian Labor Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Australian Labor Party Queensland]

 • Collaborate with other jurisdictions to develop a nationally harmonised approach to gambling harm-minimisation.

Develop national standards for gaming machines, pre-commitment initiatives and training.
 
The Productivity Commission report reaffirms Queensland has established a responsible basis for the provision and regulation of gambling in Queensland, through our Responsible Gambling Strategy and other initiatives.
 
The Commission has recommended a number of initiatives for national consideration that are already part of the Queensland Government’s strategy to minimise gambling related harm.
 
Queensland will continue to collaborate with other jurisdictions to develop a nationally harmonised approach to gambling harm-minimisation, particularly in relation to developing national standards for gaming machines, pre-commitment initiatives and training.
 
The Queensland Government will also work with industry and the community in updating Queensland’s policy framework for gambling to reflect best practice in the context of the Productivity Commission’s recommendations, the ongoing work of the Ministerial Council on Gambling and the recent evaluation of the Queensland Responsible Gambling Strategy.
 
There has been significant progress made by this Government in reducing the harm from gambling with gambling prevalence rates more than halving from 0.83% in 2001 to 0.37% in 2009.
 
However one problem gambler is one too many which is why the Government remains committed to working with both the industry and the community to minimise the gambling related harm that some in our community continue to experience.
 


One Nation Queensland Division
One Nation Queensland Division [View responses to all questions from the One Nation Queensland Division]

 Not having read the report in full it is difficult to answer, but a limit seems reasonable.



The Queensland Party
The Queensland Party [View responses to all questions from the The Queensland Party]

The Queensland Party takes a moderate, sensible view. They don’t think the state should step in and protect people from themselves, but they DO think clubs and pubs could adopt more progressive business models that don’t rely so heavily on the income from poker machines.



Liberal National Party
Liberal National Party [View responses to all questions from the Liberal National Party]

 • Mandatory pokies reforms will have a massive impact on community clubs, pubs and RSLs in Queensland.

Mandatory pre-commitment will not work.
 
Mandatory pokies reforms will have a massive impact on community clubs, pubs and RSLs in Queensland and Labor must stand up to Canberra on this issue.
 
The LNP believes there is a need to address problem gambling and gambling addiction, but this will not be achieved through mandatory pre-commitments because gamblers can set their own limits and is only focused on poker machines and not other gambling, such as horse racing and online gambling.
 
Clubs, pubs and hotels and other key stakeholders need to work together to ensure problem gambling is minimised through strategies that work for individuals.
 
We understand that the Queensland Clubs industry employs around 30,000 people, with community clubs playing an important part in the social fabric of Queensland towns, big and small.
 
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5. Homelessness and housing affordability

The rising cost of living, especially housing, is perpetuating the problem of homelessness.

What will your party do to tackle the issues of homelessness and housing affordability?

Family First Party Queensland
Family First Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Family First Party Queensland]

 • Further land released for housing on the outskirts of urban areas.

Decrease the upfront infrastructure costs of developments.
A strong network of social workers who care for those who continually fall through the cracks.
 
Family First Qld believes every Australian should be able to afford a home that they will own outright in their lifetime.  Family First would push to have further land released for housing on the outskirts of urban areas, to decrease the upfront infrastructure costs of developments (and instead meter them out through rates accounts for new homes) and to allow town planners to approve plans that fall within the Council planning regulations.
 
Homelessness is not just a financial problem however. It is a complex issue that overlaps several areas of concern, including mental health, lack of quality education and possibly a lack of a strong family relationship.  Where there have been breakdowns in family communication, isolation and poverty can often result, including associated mental health problems.  Without a strong network of friends and family, people can find themselves alone and without sufficient financial support to house, clothe and feed themselves.
 
One of the strongest solutions for issues of homelessness are the creation of strong families (through social programs to encourage marriage, to keep marriages strong and to train parents in the art of good parenting); the creation of a robust economy that continues to create jobs for the unemployed and prosperity for those with a good work ethic; the provision of sufficient affordable public houses, possibly done as joint ventures with a program like ‘Habitat for Humanity’; and finally, a strong network of social workers who care for those who continually fall through the cracks through drug addictions or similar.
 


Australian Labor Party Queensland
Australian Labor Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Australian Labor Party Queensland]
The Bligh Government is overseeing the largest rollout of social housing ever.
Labor will deliver over 40,000 dwellings and contribute significantly to housing affordability in key locations.
 
The Bligh Government is committed to providing home for Queenslanders who need our help.
 
We have made an unprecedented investment in new social housing including an investment of $500 million through the Queensland Future Growth Fund.
 
With the help of the Federal Labor Government over the last three years we’ve built or bought more than 5,500 new homes, with another 1,485 being built this financial year. Construction of these homes has also created 6,600 jobs.
 
In 2011-12 we will assist over 200,000 households into private rental accommodation by providing rental bond loans, rental grants and our rent connect services.
 
This financial year we also began implementing the Queensland Strategy for Reducing Homelessness and have allocated $85.2m to specialist homelessness services across the state.
 
The Bligh Government is overseeing the largest rollout of social housing ever.  This record investment has already seen more than 3000 homes completed and tenanted on time, under budget and where they are needed most.
 
The Bligh Government is committed to providing affordable housing, The Urban Land Development Authority is providing affordable housing outcomes and demonstrating best practice urban design in 17 locations across Queensland. Over the next 10 years it will deliver over 40,000 dwellings and contribute significantly to housing affordability in key locations.
 


One Nation Queensland Division
One Nation Queensland Division [View responses to all questions from the One Nation Queensland Division]

 • Half the current expenditure of foreign aid should be redirected to homeless and public housing.

A restriction on foreign owners non residents of housing should be enforced.
 
A massive increase in public housing finance is needed and a restriction on foreign owners non residents of housing should be enforced. There is no rational reason that any Australian citizen should be homeless. Our position is that half the current expenditure of foreign aid should be redirected to homeless and public housing.
 


The Queensland Party
The Queensland Party [View responses to all questions from the The Queensland Party]

Great question:  
1. Unit living in Brisbane Central – call for a review of long term and expensive Management Rights contracts.  
 
2. Valuation: simply adopt the UCV as the method by which valuation is done by the State Government.  Currently Site Value is being used.  Unless a compelling case is made for Site Value, The Queensland Party would like equal rules for every property owners.  
 
3. Speak out strongly against this carbon tax.  Quite simply the carbon tax will make electricity needlessly expensive for ordinary people who are already struggling to make ends meet.  
 
4. Support businesses, jobs and cashflow by making it easier for small businesses to operate.
 



Liberal National Party
Liberal National Party [View responses to all questions from the Liberal National Party]

 • A precarious budget position inhibits the ability of the State to assist our disadvantaged.  

We will grow a four pillar economy and cut waste to help families with the cost of living.
 
The LNP is committed to ensuring we deliver more benefit to all families and individuals in need.
 
A precarious budget position inhibits the ability of the State to assist our disadvantaged.  That is why we will grow a four pillar economy and cut waste to help families with the cost of living.
 
Labor axed funding for community housing by 65 per cent in the Budget giving no hope to the 30,000 Queenslanders on the home waiting list. Under Labor, funds for community housing have plummeted from $733 million in 2010/11, to just $254 million – a 65 per cent cut.
 
This tired 20 year Labor Government has been treating people appallingly while they wait for housing support.
 
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6. Charter of rights

Christians are concerned for human rights, but have seen little evidence that charters of rights advance them. Charters of rights transfer power from elected politicians to unelected judges.

Will your party rule out supporting a charter of rights?

Family First Party Queensland
Family First Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Family First Party Queensland]

 • Further land released for housing on the outskirts of urban areas.

Decrease the upfront infrastructure costs of developments.
A strong network of social workers who care for those who continually fall through the cracks.
 
Family First Qld believes every Australian should be able to afford a home that they will own outright in their lifetime.  Family First would push to have further land released for housing on the outskirts of urban areas, to decrease the upfront infrastructure costs of developments (and instead meter them out through rates accounts for new homes) and to allow town planners to approve plans that fall within the Council planning regulations.
 
Homelessness is not just a financial problem however. It is a complex issue that overlaps several areas of concern, including mental health, lack of quality education and possibly a lack of a strong family relationship.  Where there have been breakdowns in family communication, isolation and poverty can often result, including associated mental health problems.  Without a strong network of friends and family, people can find themselves alone and without sufficient financial support to house, clothe and feed themselves.
 
One of the strongest solutions for issues of homelessness are the creation of strong families (through social programs to encourage marriage, to keep marriages strong and to train parents in the art of good parenting); the creation of a robust economy that continues to create jobs for the unemployed and prosperity for those with a good work ethic; the provision of sufficient affordable public houses, possibly done as joint ventures with a program like ‘Habitat for Humanity’; and finally, a strong network of social workers who care for those who continually fall through the cracks through drug addictions or similar.
 


Australian Labor Party Queensland
Australian Labor Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Australian Labor Party Queensland]

 • A Bill or Charter of Rights would be best considered at a national level

The Government will contribute to ongoing discussions with the Commonwealth Government on the important matter of human rights.
 
In May 2008, the Queensland Government hosted the Queensland 2020: Ideas to Action Forum (the forum). The forum brought together over 100 attendees, to discuss and debate ways in which Queensland could move forward on issues specific to our State. One of the issues which was canvassed as part of this forum was the potential development of a Charter of Rights.
 
The Queensland Government considers that a Bill or Charter of Rights would be best considered at a national level, and this position was outlined in the response to the forum’s report. The forum’s report, and the Government’s subsequent response, are both available online at www.thepremier.qld.gov.au/initiatives/2020_forum should you wish to view them.
 
The Queensland Government is committed to the protection and assertion of human rights for all citizens, and the Government will contribute to ongoing discussions with the Commonwealth Government on the important matter of human rights.
 


One Nation Queensland Division
One Nation Queensland Division [View responses to all questions from the One Nation Queensland Division]

 We would not support a charter of rights that overturns Magna Carta even though the current politicians mostly ignore it.



The Queensland Party
The Queensland Party [View responses to all questions from the The Queensland Party]

Yes.  The Queensland Party believe that human rights tribunals can actually cause much more harm than good, and that the advent of ‘group rights’ can create unintended consequences.   Racism, sexism and ageism are in the mind.  Discrimination is the actual act.  The government should only be acting to resolve deeds of actual discrimination, rather than thoughts.



Liberal National Party
Liberal National Party [View responses to all questions from the Liberal National Party]

 The LNP does not support the introduction of a charter of rights.

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7. Prostitution

The University of Queensland has found that the legalisation of brothels in Queensland has failed to curb the growth of prostitution, with up to 90 percent of Queensland’s prostitution industry remaining unregulated and illegal. Sex trafficking also continues to be a problem.

Given that legalised prostitution increases demand for sexual services and the trafficking of women for forced prostitution, what will your party do to reduce the demand for the purchase of sex services?

Will your party commit to a meaningful examination of the successful Swedish policy approach to prostitution, which criminalises the purchase of sex?

Family First Party Queensland
Family First Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Family First Party Queensland]

 • A culture which values women needs to be developed. 

Restrict the availability and sale of hard-core pornography.
Educate young people about respecting each other and not selfishly taking advantage of vulnerable people for their own pleasure.
Family First Qld supports the Swedish policy approach to prostitution.
Family First does not support the legal sex industry and would work to phase out brothels.
 
 
A culture which values women needs to be developed.  To that end, Family First would restrict the availability and sale of hard-core pornography which encourages violence against women and would continually educate young people about respecting each other and not selfishly taking advantage of vulnerable people for their own pleasure.
 
Family First Qld does support the Swedish policy approach to prostitution whereby the purchaser of sex can be criminally charged.
 
Furthermore, Family First Qld does not support the legal sex industry and would work to phase out brothels after changing legislation to protect the many women who are exploited by this industry. Just because something happens does not mean it should be recognised and supported by the government. The argument that legal brothels protect women is a weak one when there are still many illegal brothels which the police have not been able to shut down and many women who have been damaged by their involvement in legal brothels.
 
Women need to be equally valued and not treated as a commodity for the unrestrained passions of men.
 


Australian Labor Party Queensland
Australian Labor Party Queensland [View responses to all questions from the Australian Labor Party Queensland]

 • The prostitution industry in fact recorded limited growth in the past five years, with minimal impact on the community.

A re-elected Bligh Government will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme to protect the safety and welfare of all Queenslanders.
 
No current plans to overhaul the Queensland Government’s approach
 
Certain prostitution-related activities, namely legal brothels, were legalised in the Prostitution Act 1999 (the Act) following extensive consultation with the community. The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) has responsibility for monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of the Act.
 
A June 2011 CMC review of the Act found the prostitution industry in fact recorded limited growth in the past five years, with minimal impact on the community.
 
It found the Act effectively regulated the licensed brothel sector and continues to provide a safe and healthy environment for sex workers and a viable alternative to illegal activity. Since the CMC’s last review in 2004, street prostitution offences in Queensland have declined from around 800 to around 60 offences per year.
 
The full 2011 CMC report is available at: http://www.cmc.qld.gov.au/topics/legislation-reviews/2011-review-of-the-prostitution-act-1999-qld-1/regulating-prostitution-a-follow-up-review-of-the-prostitution-act-1999.pdf
 
With the assistance of the CMC, the Queensland Police Service and stakeholders, a re-elected Bligh Government will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme to protect the safety and welfare of all Queenslanders.
 
In 2009 the Queensland Government introduced amendments to jail illegal brothel operators for up to seven years, and have their assets seized.
 
There are no current plans to overhaul the Queensland Government’s approach to regulation of prostitution-related activities in favour of the Swedish policy approach.
 
 


One Nation Queensland Division
One Nation Queensland Division [View responses to all questions from the One Nation Queensland Division]

 We would re-examine current laws.



The Queensland Party
The Queensland Party [View responses to all questions from the The Queensland Party]

The trafficking of anyone for sexual services is a horrendous abuse, and any positive and proven steps to reduce this problem should be openly and respectfully debated.



Liberal National Party
Liberal National Party [View responses to all questions from the Liberal National Party]

 • Penalties for operating an illegal brothel must carry a very strong deterrent.

Committed to working with our police and law enforcement agencies in tackling illegal prostitution and illegal brothels.
 
Penalties for operating an illegal brothel must carry a very strong deterrent. Currently penalties being handed down are a fraction of the cost of seeing a legal licence.  The LNP tried to introduce tougher measures to tackle illegal brothels and this was voted down by Labor.
 
We are concerned about sex trafficking, but don’t want a return to the criminal underworld of the past.
 
We take very seriously the issue of illegal prostitution and are committed to working with our police and law enforcement agencies in tackling illegal prostitution and illegal brothels around Queensland.
 
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