Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Making Veterans Count on the 2021 Census

Member for Herbert and Army Veteran Phillip Thompson has welcomed today’s announcement that next year’s census will include a question regarding service in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Mr Thompson said it was a major step forward for the Defence and Veteran community to be asked about their service on the 10th of August 2021.

“This is something I’ve been advocating for since before I got into politics because census data is what’s used to make important decisions on government funding and programs in many different areas,” he said.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson disgusted at Labor blockage of tougher penalties for paedophiles

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has expressed his disgust at the Labor Party playing procedural games to vote down mandatory minimum sentencing for paedophiles.

Last night the Opposition teamed up with the cross bench to use a procedural motion to cancel a schedule from the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill which would have allowed the tougher penalties.

Mr Thompson said it showed Labor was putting paedophiles ahead of vulnerable Australian children.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson kicks up stink over toilet tax

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the Townsville City Council to show some compassion and waive a sewerage charge that is crippling already-struggling accommodation providers.

Mr Thompson has written to Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill asking for the $945-per-toilet charge, known as the ‘pedestal tax’, to be forgiven in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This charge is ridiculous at the best of times but especially when tourism operators have been brought to their knees because of the effects of the pandemic,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Townsville businesses to benefit from instant asset write-off extension

Townsville business owners will be able to have more time to purchase equipment and receive an instant tax deduction after the $150,000 instant asset write-off was extended for six months.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the move to extend the deadline came following conversations with the local business community.

“I’ve had a lot of positive feedback about the instant asset write-off after the limit was increased to $150,000 earlier this year as part of our response to the coronavirus,” Mr Thompson said.

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Media Release: Commemorations to be enhanced at two Townsville organisations thanks to grants

Townsville’s collection of memorials is set to be enhanced after receiving funding from the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program.

The program aims to honour the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service men and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations and to promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said two projects – one at the Townsville RSL and another at 1RAR – would help locals better commemorate our fallen service men and women.

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Media Release: Major police training failure highlights need for driver education precinct

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has condemned the State Labor Government for fast-tracking the graduation of 38 police officers who weren’t taught to drive under lights and sirens, urging it to fund a Townsville driver education precinct.

The State Government made the decision to reduce the length of training of recruits at the Townsville Police Academy to boost numbers needed for the COVID-19 response, but reports have emerged one of the aspects of training that was largely left out was urgent duty driving because of the requirement to send officers to Brisbane to undertake it.

Mr Thompson said it was a ridiculous situation which once again showed the State Labor Government was out of touch.

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Media Release: Phillip Thompson calls for further easing of restrictions in North Queensland

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is urging the State Labor Premier to listen to North Queenslanders after this morning’s announcement of the easing of restrictions.

Annastacia Palaszcuk has announced unlimited travel within Queensland from midday tomorrow, while restrictions in cafes, restaurants and other businesses will be relaxed to allow up to 20 patrons.

Mr Thompson said the easing of restrictions is a good start but doesn’t go far enough.

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Media Release: $2.2m Cash injection to fix Townsville roads and infrastructure and boost jobs

Townsville City Council will receive more than $2.2-million to fast track road and community infrastructure projects as part of a $500-million nationwide program.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the funding would support local jobs and provide a boost for the local economy as it recovers from COVID-19.

“The crippling effects of COVID-19 have been widespread and Townsville needs more jobs now more than ever,” he said.

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Media Release: Shortlist Announcement Brings New Jobs One Step Closer for North Queensland

The Morrison Government is moving forward with important works for the development of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) facility, announcing the shortlist of managing contractors competing for the $800 million contract for facilities at the new training area located near Greenvale in North Queensland.

The shortlisted companies are CPB Contractors Pty Limited, Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd and Lendlease Building Pty Ltd.

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Media Release: North Queensland businesses to be big winners out of 21 new Defence contracts

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is encouraging local businesses to get ready to tender for 21 new Defence contracts foreshadowed as part of Defence’s newly established Forward Release Program.

The projects – one worth more than $8-million – have been listed in the Defence Estate Works Program Update Procurement Activities document, allowing potential tenderers to plan to make a bid for the works.

Another project falls within the $4-million to $8-million budget band, while 10 are worth between $1-million and $4-million and another nine are worth up to $1-million.

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Media Release: New Facility for the Oasis One Step Closer to Completion

Veterans and their families in north Queensland are a step closer to easier access to services and support with the successful contractor to build the next stage of the Oasis Townsville announced today.

Federal Member for Herbert Mr Phillip Thompson OAM MP said the announcement was an important milestone for a long-awaited project.

“This facility and the services that will come with it are going to benefit not only veterans, but current serving defence members,” Mr Thompson said.

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