One Nation candidate for Bundamba, Sharon Bell has fired shots at the Palaszczuk Labor Government over the closure of the JBS Meatworks in Dinmore that was announced yesterday and reported by the ABC and the Queensland Times. The closure will result in the loss of more than 600 full-time jobs in the Ipswich area and the shutdown of one of the region’s largest private employers.
Media outlets were quick to point to the fact that the companies export market to China had been shut off as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, causing the collapse, but Sharon Bell insists that it doesn’t give the full picture. “Four weeks”, Ms Bell began, “that’s how long we’ve known that this Meatworks facility was in imminent danger of closing its doors”.
“Between our federal member Shayne Neumann, state member Lance McCallum and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace, not a single thing was done to salvage this Ipswich icon and now they want to blame the federal government?”, the passionate One Nation candidate asked.
“Labor want to play the blame game and shed crocodile tears, well quite frankly, I’m not buying it”.
Ms Bell represented One Nation at the 2020 Bundamba by-election earlier this year alongside the COVID-stricken Council elections and took a remarkable 11.2% off Labor’s primary vote, sending the party establishment a strong message that change was needed.
“JBS Meatworks has suffered for several months now, long before this pandemic,” Bell continued.
“Queensland Labor’s inability to provide water security for our state and ensure reliable baseload power has meant that the price of both water and electricity has skyrocketed not only for our local businesses, but for our families living here in Bundamba”.
Never one to overlook mediocrity, Bell relinquished the fact that politics has descended into a toxic game of finger pointing as opposed to achieving actual results.
“Queensland now boasts the highest unemployment numbers in the nation thanks to Premier Palaszczuk and Labor,” Bell asserted.
“The day politicians start being up front, honest and serving the people they’re elected to represent, the sooner our state will be able to move forward”.
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