Shannon Fentiman is the Queensland Labor MP for Waterford, and Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
Every State Election is billed as the most important election since the last one, but there are many reasons that the Queensland Election on November 25 is a critical juncture for this state.
Many of us will never forget the chaos, the confrontation and the cuts of the Campbell Newman - Tim Nicholls LNP experiment
Despite a hung Parliament, a one-Murdoch-newspaper media environment and constant LNP attacks, the Palaszczuk Government has delivered on a remarkable progressive agenda that has surprised many with its courage and achievement.
Ours is the Government that had the courage to right wrongs by expunging historical sex crime convictions that unfairly targeted LGBTI Queenslanders.
We were the first Australian Government to legislate for paid Domestic and Family Violence Leave for victims of abuse.
We re-implemented the target for 50 per cent women on the boards of Government bodies, and we are ahead of schedule to deliver on that target.
The ban on same-sex couples adopting children, cynically imposed by the LNP, has been lifted. No longer does this state discriminate against great parents just because they happen to be LGBTI Queenslanders.
Like all great causes, these issues are neither simple nor universally popular, but we have stood up to be counted on every single one of them becuase they are right.
Every single one of these advances is under threat if the LNP returns to power in Queensland.
Tim Nicholls is rightly known as a cutter, sacker and seller, but even after he cuts a swathe through vital community and social services like he did last time, a more sinister agenda is likely to be lurking beneath the surface.
And the threat is even greater when you know that his path back to power could be trodden hand in hand with the LNP's spiritual bretheran - One Nation.
That would be a Coalition of regressive and dangerous policies that would threaten every Queenslander.
Already we have seen One Nation release a dangerous and disgusting Domestic Violence policy that, if implemented, would put women and children escaping violence directly back in harms way. The policy is built around the concept that women lie about Domestic Violence incidents in order to victimise men.
There is no telling what a desperate LNP under Tim Nicholls would agree to, at One Nation's behest, to scrape to a majority in the Parliament.
To make sure we have strong progressive candidates ready to fight the likes of the LNP and One Nation on the campaign battlefield, we need your support.
Can you spare a donation of $25 to help keep Queensland safe from a reactionary LNP-One Nation Coalition?
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