QUEENSLAND’S frontline nurses and midwives have called on all state election candidates to publicly reveal their positions on strengthening and protecting our public health system.
Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) Secretary Beth Mohle said the state’s hard-working nurses and midwives listed continued investment in public hospitals, health services and jobs as their top election issue. Nurses and midwives listed more staff, better job security and safe workloads as top state election issues.
Ms Mohle said a recent poll found 82 per cent of Queenslanders surveyed wanted continued investment in the state’s healthcare system. The independent poll, conducted by Essential Research on behalf of the QNMU, found more than half of the 1000 Queenslanders polled would vote for the party that announced new health jobs. https://www.qnmu.org.au/QNMU/PUBLIC/MEDIA_AND_PUBLICATIONS/Media_release_uploads/2020/Qld_vote_more_nurses_101020.aspx
“The QNMU has sent a pledge to major parties in the upcoming state election seeking a firm commitment to continued investment in the state’s public health system,’’ Ms Mohle said.
“We today again call on all candidates to make public their stance on the protection of Queensland’s public health system. We feel voters have a right to know.’’
As of 12pm today, more than 70 Australian Labor Party (ALP) candidates and 13 Katter Australian Party (KAP) candidates had committed to the pledge. The QNMU webpage is updated as pledges are returned.
Candidates who’ve signed are: Algester: Leanne Enoch Australian Labor Party (ALP) Bancroft: Chris Whiting ALP Barron River: Craig Crawford ALP Bonney: Ash Borg ALP, Broadwater: Maureen Simpson ALP, Bundaberg: Tom Smith ALP, Buderim: Ken Mackenzie ALP, Bulimba: Di Farmer ALP, Burdekin: Sam Cox Katter Australian Party (KAP) Burnett: Kerri Morgan ALP, Paul Hudson KAP, Cairns: Michael Healy ALP, Capalaba: Don Brown ALP, Callide: Gordan Earnshaw ALP, Chatsworth: Lisa O’Donnell ALP, Clayfield: Phillip Anthony ALP, Cook: Cynthia Lui ALP, Tanika Parker KAP, Condamine: Brendon Huybregts ALP, Coomera: Chris Johnson ALP, Cooper: Jonty Bush ALP, Currumbin: Kaylee Campradt ALP, Everton: Danielle Shankey ALP, Ferny Grove: Mark Furner ALP, Gaven: Meaghan Scanlon ALP, Gladstone: Glen Butcher ALP, Greenslopes: Joe Kelly ALP, Gregory: Dave Kerrigan ALP, Gympie: Geoff Williams ALP, Hervey Bay: Adrian Tantari ALP, Hill: Michael Hodgkins ALP, Shane Knuth KAP, Hinchinbrook: Paul Jacob ALP, Nick Dametto KAP, Inala: Anastacia Palaszczuk ALP, Ipswich: Jennifer Howard ALP, Ipswich West: Jim Madden ALP, Jordan: Charis Mullen ALP, Kawana: Bill Redpath ALP, Keppel: Brittany Lauga ALP, Kurwongbah: Shane King ALP, Logan: Linus Power ALP, Macalister: Melissa McMahon ALP, Mackay: Julieanne Gilbert ALP, Maiwar: Palani Thevar ALP, Mansfield: Corrine McMillan ALP, Maroochydore: Alison Smith ALP, McConnell: Grace Grace ALP, Mermaid Beach: Karl Ungerer ALP, Miller: Mark Baily ALP, Mirani: Shane Hamilton ALP, Moggill: Roberta Albrecht ALP, Morayfield: Mark Ryan ALP, Mount Ommaney: Jess Pugh ALP, Mudgeeraba: Maxim Otten-Kemp ALP, Mulgrave: Curtis Pitt ALP, Attila Feher-Holan KAP, Mundingburra: Les Walker ALP, Alannah Tomlinson KAP, Murrumba: Steve Miles ALP, Nanango: Mark Stapleton ALP, Nicklin: Robert Skelton ALP, Ninderry: Melinda Dodds ALP Noosa: Mark Denham ALP, Oodgeroo: Irene Henley ALP, Pine Rivers: Nikki Boyd ALP, Pummicestone: Ali King ALP, Redcliffe: Yvette D’ath ALP, Redlands: Kim Richards ALP, Rockhampton: Barry O’Rourke ALP, Christian Shepherd KAP, Sandgate: Stirling Hinchliffe ALP, Scenic Rim: Luz Stanton ALP, Stafford: Candidate Jimmy Sullivan ALP, South Brisbane: Jackie Trad ALP, Southern Downs: Joel Richters ALP, Southport: Susie Gallagher ALP, Springwood: Mick De Brenni ALP, Stafford: Jimmy Sullivan ALP, Stretton: Duncan Pegg ALP, Surfers Paradise: Brianna Bailey ALP, Thuringowa: Aaron Harper ALP, Julianne Wood KAP, Toohey: Peter Russo ALP, Toowoomba North: Megan O’Hara Sullivan ALP, Toowoomba South: Susan Krause ALP, Townsville: Scott Stewart ALP, Joshua Schwarz KAP, Traeger: James Bambrick ALP, Robbie Katter KAP, Warrego: Mark O’Brien ALP, Rick Gurnett KAP, Waterford: Shannon Fentiman ALP, Woodridge: Cameron Dick ALP, Whitsunday: Angie Kelly ALP, Ciaron Paterson KAP.
Ms Mohle said the list of those who have signed would be circulated to the QNMU’s 64,000 members and the media. It is also available online at www.qnmu.org.au/qldelectionpledges
“These are the candidates and sitting Members of Parliament who have committed to the ongoing protection of the state’s public health system,’’ Ms Mohle said.
“By doing this, they are supporting the hard work and bravery of Queensland’s nurses, midwives and many other health care workers who put their lives on the line during COVID-19.
“Talk of heroes is nice, but a firm commitment is the only true commitment to the continued protection of Queenslanders, frontline health workers and our public health system. Elections are mere punctuation points, our focus after 31 October will be on ensuring commitments are actually delivered.”
The pledge seeks commitment to: More staff to guarantee quality care for Queenslanders, minimum ratios extended in areas of need such as Emergency Departments, Operating Theatres, Maternity and Prison Services, more secure, permanent jobs, especially for graduates and no cuts to frontline jobs. See pledge attached for more detail.
The ALP have committed to 5800 new nursing and midwifery positions if re-elected. The LNP committed to an extra 2530 nurses and midwives if they are elected.
Ms Mohle said candidate commitments to more secure jobs, especially for graduates, would provide secure employment for the state’s predominantly female nursing and midwifery workforce – while also boosting the Queensland economy.
Queensland nurses and midwives also seek in writing commitment that all Queensland Health nurses and midwives be classified front line - and no jobs cut.