Steve Dickson MP, State Member for Buderim
Member for Buderim

Member for Buderim and Queensland One Nation Leader Steve Dickson said, “After reviewing the 2017 National Firearms Agreement that was released last week, I was very disappointed with many aspects, including the unfair treatment of our primary producers. 


“This document is an agreement between the States and the Commonwealth.  Queensland’s Palaszczuk Government is a signatory to this agreement.  It unreasonably penalises legitimate gun owners and sporting shooters in this State.


“It does absolutely nothing about firearms related crime, drug trafficking and lack of Police powers to tackle criminals in this State.


“What it does do is further restrict and curtail the activities of law-abiding Queensland citizens, including our primary producers.”


Mr Dickson said, “For the average primary producer, a firearm is just a tool, it is a part of daily life, whether it be eradicating feral pests like pigs or dealing with distressed livestock.


“I grew up on a farm and have first-hand experience of the need farmers have for firearms. I am not one of those George Street graziers.


“To quote just one of the new rules - there will be no handgun licences  (Category H) at all for primary producers. So out in the scrub on horseback with no handgun!  Rifles can be cumbersome and dangerous when on riding through the bush on motorbikes.


“There is 14 pages of this nonsense cooked up by bureaucrats in air-conditioned offices, thousands of kilometres from working primary producers.


The Labor Police Minister (and now Minister for Agriculture) Bill Byrne signed off on this. What did he know and when did he know it?  


As the Member for Buderim I am more supportive of primary producers and legitimate gun owners than Bill Byrne, the Member for Rockhampton.”


Shooters Union Qld President Graham Park said their members have been calling and emailing the Shooters Union office outraged about this latest assault. “It is shocking to see primary producers continually attacked by this government. First it was vegetation laws that would have decimated agriculture in Queensland and now by wanting to deny farmers the use of effective tools such as Cat H firearms to assist them in humane destruction of livestock and feral pests”.


“One Nation vehemently opposes putting more restrictions on salt-of-the-earth farmers while the drug dealers and Ice pushers do what they want.


“I am calling on all legitimate firearm owners in Queensland to contact their local Member of Parliament and protest this rubbish.


“One Nation will be actively working to overturn this”, Mr Dickson said.


23 February 2017

Member for Buderim and Queensland One Nation leader Steve Dickson has committed to fund the construction of the new Buderim Men's Shed under a One Nation-led Queensland Government.   

"If a One Nation government is elected in Queensland, the Buderim Men's shed will finally be able to construct and move into their new permanent home," Mr Dickson said.    

"The group, established in early 2011, currently operates from a temporary facility at Mill Rd in Buderim, generously provided by owners Dr. Bill Glasson and Prof. Claire Jackson.    

"While the organisation has already raised $250,000, this extra funding boost will enable the Buderim Men’s Shed to create a permanent home.    

"This special group do so much for our community and I want to ensure they can continue their good work." 

 Buderim Men's Shed President Rick Beasley said, “The funding will allow construction of a permanent facility.  

“This contribution from One Nation will mean that we can continue to operate our organisation which provides a safe and friendly meeting place for men to work on projects, discuss health issues, make friends and learn new skills in the company of like-minded men. In addition, the Buderim Men’s Shed will work with other non-profit organisations who will be able to make use of this facility.  

Mr Dickson said the Buderim Men's Shed was the biggest men's shed group in Australia and deserved to be able to continue expanding and integrating with the community.   

"The shed provides positive health and wellbeing outcomes for all those who take part and through this expansion the men will be able to take their strong community spirit and allow it to grow."   

For more information and to view Steve's announcement, head to www.facebook/stevedicksonmp  

21 February 2017

One Nation Queensland Leader Steve Dickson is calling on the Premier and her Labor Government to put the community ahead of their own interests.


Mr Dickson says, should the $3 billion Gold Coast casino development by ASF Consortia continue, local community clubs will be decimated and local jobs lost.


"While the previous ASF Consortia bid was rejected in 2015, it seems the Labor Government are determined to let this slip through, despite the opposition from the community," Mr Dickson said.


There also needs to full disclosure about the Chinese getting ‘our’ land for free, given the Premier is gifting our sovereign assets to ASF. How is this in the best interests of Queensland I ask?  


Mr Dickson said there had been no consideration by the major parties of how this deal would affect community clubs or Gold Coast businesses more broadly.


"This is also another example of the unions pushing their own agenda via the Premier and the Queensland people are left to suffer the consequences," Mr Dickson said.


"Conservatively, 30 Gold Coast community clubs are at significant risk of closure, $34 million will be ripped out of Gold Coast community via contributions and taxes foregone, there will be no new jobs created post construction and over 500,000 club members and volunteers displaced.  Then there are also the pubs and hospitality generally across the coast that will also suffer."


Clubs Queensland CEO, Doug Flockhart said if the ASF casino goes ahead figures show a projected 25% reduction in profitability for local clubs.


"This level of reduction in profits would see most clubs drastically reduce their profits, and therefore community contributions would be sacrificed," Mr Flockhart said.


"This means no money for legacy, no surf life savers, no children's sporting equipment grants or fields to enjoy recreational activities.


"The gaming market is already saturated and the majority of custom is from locals, meaning another casino can only result in Australian owned and operated hospitality and businesses closing their doors.


Mr Dickson said, “It’s One Nation’s view that one casino on the Gold Coast is enough, given the implications on local clubs.”


“I know the Premier has been talking up the project, but the truth is, this is just another example of Queensland being led by the unions and not having a clear agenda.


"The Premier isn't sticking up for the people of Queensland and she has no representatives to stick up for the people of the Gold Coast. This deal won't help develop our State, it will see local jobs slashed, local income slashed and local hospitality venues that support local communities forced to close. Only One Nation will stand up for the Gold Coast community and stop overseas investment stealing our land, our beaches and our business. 


"If this deal goes ahead we're talking about a massive cultural loss, economic loss, not to mention environmental concerns, as well as issues such as overdevelopment, density and traffic impacts.


Mr Dickson said, “Many people would not be aware of the consultation process and the implications on their local clubs.   I encourage the community to get behind Gold Coast clubs and ensure they have their say.


This can be done via the Department of State Development website which has information on the two consultation programs, some Frequently Asked Questions, and two online questionnaires to capture your feedback:




10 February 2017

Important message from Steve Dickson MP

I recently met with families who had come to me, because they had a choice to make – either break the law by giving their child medicinal cannabis that has proven to work, or risk their child’s life. No parent should be treated as a criminal for saving their child. This is something that keeps me awake at night.

I made an impassioned plea to our Liberal Prime Minister and our Labor Premier. The only politician who offered assistance was Senator Pauline Hanson.
A photo on my Facebook page shows two of these families together with tireless advocates for medicinal cannabis, with the caption – People before politics.
To me, this is not just a catchy social media hashtag. I mean it, and I’m willing to bet my political career on this very notion. People before Politics. Feedback from many people is that they feel that the major parties have lost touch.
Today, I have tendered my resignation from the Liberal National Party and advise that I will be joining Senator Pauline Hanson as a Member of the One Nation Party.
For the past 10 years, I have honourably served as a State Member of Parliament, first as a Liberal, then as an LNP Member.
After much deliberation, and with the support of my wife, staff and listening to the community, I feel that joining the One Nation Party will enable me to best represent the people of the Buderim electorate and the great State of Queensland.
We need REAL policies and beneficial outcomes for the people of Queensland, delivered by politicians who are not out of touch.
Since inviting Senator Hanson to the Buderim electorate last October, we have developed a mutual respect and excellent working relationship. The purpose of the initial visit was to show the Senator the infrastructure needs for the Sunshine Coast. And she listened.
During that visit, Senator Hanson announced that she would not be running a candidate against me at the next state election. There was speculation that a deal had been done. I assure you that NO deal was made, and my decision to join One Nation has come about due to the same reasons that inspired me to enter politics as a local councillor in 2000. I was not happy with how things were being run and I wanted to make a difference. I again believe that major changes to policy, party politics and the way that you, the people, are represented is in need of a major overhaul.
I will always be a conservative. I hope that my former LNP colleagues will put their electorate first and see the benefit of working with me rather than ostracizing me. Similarly, I am known to be on good terms with some Labor, minor party and Independent MPs. We need to see a more bipartisan approach in the State Parliament. I intend to make it less about ‘us and them’ and more about cooperative representation with positive outcomes. That is what we owe the people of Queensland.
My sincere thanks to all volunteers who have assisted and supported me during my election campaigns. I hope that I will continue to receive your support.
I served as a Minister in the former government and I would like to use those skills to benefit Queensland. I take the needs of my electorate very seriously and will continue to do all I can to deliver. I feel that my decision to join the One Nation Party will best allow me to accomplish this.
Warm regards,

Steve Dickson MP 



One of my proudest achievements as Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport & Racing is the Raine Island Rescue.

Raine Island is the world's largest known rookery for the vulnerable green turtle. It is the breeding ground for 70% of the world's green turtle population and more than 100,000 of the turtles visit each year to lay eggs. But, the coral cay had been smashed by cyclones and previously hurt by phosphate mining, meaning sand was being lost from the island into the ocean.

The rescue involved installing 400 metres of fencing along cliff edges to minimise turtles being upturned during the nesting season, re-profiling 150 metres of beach foredune and swale to reduce water inundation of nests, establishing a number of fenced 'nursery' plots with ideal conditions to determine optimal nesting success and installing cameras and data loggers to improve communication and satellite monitoring.

Click on the video above to see the amazing footage of the mission to save the Green Sea Turtle population. Thank you to all involved.




Construction has begun on a vital upgrade of pedestrian and cycle facilities on the David Low Way over Eudlo Creek.    Member for Buderim Steve Dickson said this jointly-funded upgrade between State Government and Sunshine Coast Council will link existing cycle facility upgrades which have been delivered over the past four years.  ...Read more


The Queensland Parliament is due to debate the Public Health (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill 2016 this evening.     Member for Buderim Steve Dickson is calling on the Government to support the lives of terminally ill children in Queensland.    On Friday 7 October 2016, Mr Dickson sponsored to the Queensland Parliament a petition w...Read more


 Member for Buderim Steve Dickson wants to ensure that residents are aware of proposed changes that would see a reduction in frequency from 30 minutes to 1 hour for bus route 614 leaving Sunshine Plaza, travelling through North Buderim, Buderim, Glenfields estate and Mountain Creek to Kawana Shopping World and on to the Sunshine Coast Universi...Read more

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