QCOSS’ vision, shared by our members and many other Queenslanders, is for a Queensland free of poverty and disadvantage.
As the leading force for social change we called on our politicians at the beginning of the election process to govern differently, to work differently, to truly lead our state into the future; and to approach the many challenges and opportunities that we have with renewed vigour and an appetite for vision-led change.
The approach outlined in the Queensland Election Statement 2017 – A manifesto for change is for:
- a government that leads with vision;
- a government that listens; and
- a government that acts together.
QCOSS has contacted each of the major political parties that are contesting the state election in Queensland, and asked them for a response to the manifesto.
We have only received formal written responses from the LNP and from Labor. Unfortunately, some of this information was received very late in the process which did not permit a full analysis. We were also disappointed that detailed costings from the major parties were held over until the last days of the campaign, also making analysis difficult.
However, we are concerned with indications from the LNP’s costings that suggests cuts of $4.5 million to Domestic and Family Violence services and cuts of $42 million to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program (among others). Further understanding of these costings will be required.