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.