News

Recent News & Updates

Media Release: Herbert MP calls on Mayor Hill to put politics aside and focus on Locals

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has called on Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill to stop playing politics and instead focus on the people and businesses of North Queensland.

It comes after the Mayor released an essay over the weekend outlining recommendations on how the Labor Party could win seats at upcoming elections.

“While Townsville is in the grip of one of the worst economic hits in living memory, we have our Mayor focused on how the Labor Party can win votes,” he said.

Read More »

Media Release: State Labor Government leaves sole traders out of COVID-19 assistance program

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is calling on the State Labor Government to support a crucial sector of the business community left out of its Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program.

To be eligible for the $2,000-$10,000 grant, which can be put towards a range of uses, business owners must employ staff – leaving sole traders and self-employed people locked out of the program.

Mr Thompson said it was very disappointing that sole traders weren’t being looked after by the State Labor Government.

Read More »

Media Release: State Labor’s grant portal failure sparks small business distress

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has expressed his disappointment that local businesses have once again been let down by the State Labor Government after a grants application website failed this morning.

Round 2 of the Small Business COVID-19 Adaption Grant Program went live this morning but was overwhelmed by demand leaving some small business owners unable to complete the application.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the State Labor Government should’ve learnt from their experience in Round 1.

Read More »

Media Release: Mayor prefers political debate than deferring pedestal tax for struggling businesses and sporting clubs

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill would rather have a political debate than deliver rate relief for accommodation providers and local sporting clubs crippled by her council’s excessive pedestal tax.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson wrote to the mayor on behalf of the dozens of organisations slugged $945 per toilet despite coronavirus restrictions meaning most of them hadn’t been flushed for months.

“Many motel owners and sporting clubs have been in contact with me about this pedestal tax and the need for relief at a time when money just isn’t coming in,” Mr Thompson said.

Read More »

Media Release: Flood recovery funding still flowing for Townsville

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has welcomed the announcement of further flood recovery and resilience grants in Townsville.

Mr Thompson said Flexible Funding Grants will provide crucial infrastructure and support services funding for local organisations, while more funding has been announced for counselling, accommodation and emotional support providers.

Read More »

Media Release: Feedback from Townsville GPs to help shape future direction

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson has thanked local General Practitioners for their feedback as part of last night’s virtual forum discussing local doctors’ response to COVID-19 and their needs moving forward.

Northern Australia Primary Health Limited chair Dr Michael Clements and Mr Thompson were joined by Professor Michael Kidd AM, Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health for the online discussion last night.

Mr Thompson said the forum – attended by around 50 local GPs – was an important opportunity to listen.

Read More »

Media Release: Virtual forum to provide healthy feedback from Townsville’s GPs

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson will meet with around 50 General Practitioners in a virtual forum to discuss local doctors’ response to COVID-19 and their needs moving forward.

Northern Australia Primary Health Limited chair Dr Michael Clements and Mr Thompson will be joined by Professor Michael Kidd AM, Principal Medical Advisor to the Department of Health for the online discussion tonight.

Mr Thompson said it was an important opportunity to reflect on the challenges of the past few months and highlight the needs as the community recovers from the coronavirus.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »