John BjelkePetersen

Isis Town and Country - - 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.”

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

Party plans to re­duce un­em­ploy­ment and in­crease business in­cluded the “dra­matic” re­moval of pay­roll tax and the in­tro­duc­tion of zonal taxes.

He said to re­gen­er­ate re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers re­quired support through a first farm owner’s grant and changes to Aus­tralian food la­belling laws.

The first farm owner’s grant – like a first-home owner’s grant – for those up to the age of 40, would pro­vide fi­nan­cial support in the first five years.

Farm­ers also re­quired hon­est la­belling laws.

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

“Ninety-five per cent of food has got to be Aus­tralian – that’s the PUP pol­icy.”

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

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