Shadow Minister Jarrod Bleijie MP.
Shadow Minister Jarrod Bleijie MP.

Coast MPs insist they make the grade in public's eye

SUNSHINE-Coast based Shadow Minister Jarrod Bleijie MP has outshone his ALP counterpart for his performance in the State Opposition cabinet.

The Kawana MP was one of three local LNP members graded by the Courier Mail's state political editor Sarah Vogler at the weekend.

Mr Bleijie received a "B" for his role as Shadow Minister for Education and Industrial Relations, and Manager of Opposition Business, while Labor Minster Grace Grace received a "C" in a separate recent assessment by Steven Wardill.

Though praised as one of the LNP's "hardest working frontbenchers", Mr Bleijie said it was the public's opinion he was most concerned with now six months into the second term.

His sentiment was shared by Glass House MP Andrew Powell and Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson, who were also put under the microscope.

"What really matters is how everyday Queenslanders think we're going when it comes listening and building policies that will bust congestion, provide cheaper electricity, ensure better health and education services and guarantee no new taxes," Mr Bleijie said.

The Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Mr Powell sits a half-point behind Minister Cameron Dick.


Andrew Powell speaks on Queensland Productivity Commission draft report into energy prices.
Photo Patrick Woods / Sunshine Coast Daily
Glass House MP Andrew Powell. Patrick Woods

Though Ms Vogler said Mr Powell had failed to "land any real blows" on his opponent, Mr Powell came out swinging with claims the Minister had failed to provide infrastructure needed to combat congestion on the Sunshine Coast.

He considered the opinions of his electorate and broader Queensland above the editorial.

"...they rate me on how I listen to their concerns, deliver locally and develop policies as part of Deb Frecklington's LNP team," Mr Powell said.

Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson ranked on par with the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman, who also received a "C".

Ms Simpson assured she was passionate about advocating for small business owners on the Sunshine Coast despite Ms Vogler's comments she had "struggled to gain traction" in her portfolio.


Waste Tax on Small Business. Whitsundays MP Jason Costigan and LNP Shadow Minister for Small Business Fiona Simpson meet with Morgans Fish and Chip Shop owner Kelly Morgan at her Northern Beaches store
Shadow Minister Fiona Simpson MP. Stuart Quinn

Ms Simpson committed to fight the Palaszczuk's five new taxes referencing the waste tax ($1.32b), wagering tax ($367m), land tax ($311m), property investors tax ($132 million); and car stamp duty ($100m).