LNP pledges statewide free baby checks


Campbell Newman and his wife Lisa indulge in some traditional campaign baby cuddling in Caboolture. Picture: Rob Maccoll
Source: The Courier-Mail

NEW parents will be given six free consultations with midwives or nurses in their child’s first year of life under a key LNP plan to win the family vote.

LNP leader Campbell Newman yesterday pledged $92 million over four years for the Maternal and Child Health Service, which he said would aim to service even the state’s most remote mums.

He said parents would be offered two home visits for children at two and four weeks of age, and subsequent free consultations at community centres when babies reach two, four, eight and 12 months of age.

“This would … help them with things like immunisation and nutrition, things like the whole challenge of being a new mum,” he said, after indulging in some traditional campaign baby cuddling in the marginal Caboolture seat of Pumicestone, with wife Lisa by his side.

But Health Minister Geoff Wilson accused the LNP of recycling a plan already achieved by Labor, after it delivered on the 18 family and community drop-in centres promised during the 2009 election, adding to another 22 privately run centres staffed by Queensland Health workers across the state.

Mr Newman insisted his plan would “leapfrog” over Labor’s by rolling out help to the state’s most remote areas, although he could not say how many new centres would need to be built.

While the policy could prove a vote winner, Mr Newman was yesterday dealt a small blow in his own battleground when his name was placed second on the ballot paper for Ashgrove, beneath his main competitor, Labor incumbent Kate Jones, who labelled the draw “a sign”.

But at the same time, another Jones materialised on the ballot paper – Independent Trevor Jones – creating the potential of confusing voters.

Mr Jones, a retired accountant, said he had no allegiance to any political party and disputed the possibility he may steal votes from the MP.

“People in Ashgrove are an intelligent lot of people,” he said. “You don’t have to be Einstein to figure out who is who.”

More than 430 candidates, including 112 women, had opted to run for office across the state’s 89 seats by the time nominations closed at midday yesterday, up 33 on the 2009 election.

As the campaign continued to be overshadowed by federal events, Anna Bligh turned her bus in the direction of key Gold Coast seats, stopping at the marginal Broadwater seat which MP Peta-Kaye Croft holds by just 2.03 per cent.

At a Labrador Men’s Shed, the Premier announced a $7.5 million cash boost over three years for community infrastructure grants, funded from increased GST revenue.

She then visited a school in the Albert electorate and a shopping centre in the Waterford seat, where a relaxed Ms Bligh bought herself a vanilla milkshake as she laughed and chatted withshoppers.

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