Wide Bay Survey – Speech in the House of Representatives 07/12/2023

December 7, 2023

Hansard 07/12/2023  House of Representatives

Mr LLEW O’BRIEN (Wide Bay) (13:51): I rise to thank the 2,000 constituents who responded to the Wide Bay electorate survey that I recently conducted. The results of that survey showed that 86 per cent of respondents were feeling the pinch from cost-of-living pressures. People want more investment in the Bruce Highway, with 76 per cent wanting four lanes for the Tiaro bypass, and 70 per cent wanting the Bruce Highway to be four lanes between Gympie and Maryborough. The state and federal governments need to get their skates on with these two projects.

On electricity, 74 per cent of people do not want to pay for Albanese’s unreliable renewable energy, and 67 per cent do not want high-voltage transmission lines through private property. I hope the Labor government are listening before they pour more billions of dollars into these crazy projects. In what should be a major wake-up call to the Albanese and Palaszczuk Labor government’s, just nine per cent said they thought the federal and state governments were going on the right direction. It appears very clear that the people of Wide Bay are feeling very let down by this tricky, arrogant, incompetent Labor government.


In the spirit of Australia, I acknowledge all citizens who contribute to making our nation the greatest on earth.

I acknowledge our defence force personnel, past, present, and emerging, for their service to our nation, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of Australia.

I also acknowledge the Australian taxpayers who, through their hard work, pay for the infrastructure, health, education, and emergency services that keep our proud nation healthy, safe, and prosperous.