Trea­surer caught out on gov­ern­ment’s car rego hikes

Isis Town and Country - - News -

TREA­SURER Cur­tis Pitt has been caught out mis­lead­ing Queens­lan­ders, claim­ing in­creases to car reg­is­tra­tion are kept to CPI, which is 1.5%.

Shadow Trans­port Min­is­ter Scott Emer­son said the Trea­surer’s com­ments, on the same day he an­nounced new road tolls, were an in­sult to Queens­lan­ders given they were be­ing hit with in­creases of more than dou­ble the in­fla­tion rate.

“Since 1 July, Queens­land driv­ers pay in­creases of 3.5%, more than dou­ble the in­fla­tion rate for car reg­is­tra­tion,” Mr Emer­son said.

“While the LNP moved a mo­tion in Par­lia­ment to tie car reg­is­tra­tion in­creases to in­fla­tion, the Trea­surer and his La­bor col­leagues voted to un­fairly slug mo­torists.

“It is con­cern­ing the Trea­surer doesn’t know what his own gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy is at the same time he is us­ing Queens­land driv­ers as cash cows be­cause he can’t man­age the bud­get.”

Mr Emer­son said La­bor had form when it came to un­fair hikes on car reg­is­tra­tion.

“It was the former La­bor gov­ern­ment un­der the now Pre­mier, then Trans­port Min­is­ter, An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk that hiked car reg­is­tra­tion by 30% in its last four years,” he said. “While the LNP froze fam­ily car reg­is­tra­tion for three years, this Palaszczuk La­bor gov­ern­ment seems de­ter­mined to go back to the bad old days where Queens­land fam­i­lies pay the price.

“Queens­lan­ders are be­ing forced to pay for the fail­ings and in­com­pe­tence of this La­bor gov­ern­ment that has no plan of its own.

“In­stead of man­ag­ing the bud­get, La­bor is more in­ter­ested in reach­ing into the back pock­ets of Queens­lan­ders to fill the state cof­fers,” he said.

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