John Bjelke-Petersen

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE main bat­tle­line for John Bjelke-Petersen is keep­ing the state’s as­sets for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“If we have to sell th­ese as­sets we’ve got prob­lems and our chil­dren have prob­lems,” Mr Bjelke-Petersen said.

“Elec­tric­ity is one of the big­gest is­sues and our com­mit­ment is to turn the elec­tric­ity in­dus­try up­side down.”

PUP planned to re­turn elec­tric­ity to gov­ern­ment con­trol and en­cour­age the use of so­lar, he said.

Plans to re­duce un­em­ploy­ment and in­crease business in­cluded the “dra­matic” re­moval of pay­roll tax and the in­tro­duc­tion of zonal taxes, he said.

Mr Bjelke-Petersen pre­dicted pay­roll tax re­moval could be a bat­tle sim­i­lar to his fa­ther’s 1977 re­moval of death du­ties, but “that was when this state grew”.

To re­gen­er­ate re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers re­quired support through a first farm own­ers grant and changes to Aus­tralian food la­belling laws.

The first farm own­ers grant, sim­i­lar to a first home­own­ers grant, for those up to 40 years of age would pro­vide fi­nan­cial support in the first five years, he said.

Farm­ers also re­quired hon­est la­belling laws.

“‘Aus­tralian con­tent’ can be just the pack­age the food is in,” he said.

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