Old man­age­ment

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

DE­SPITE changes in the LNP’s lead­er­ship noth­ing has changed. We have seen in the short time since Tim Nicholls be­came Op­po­si­tion Leader, the LNP still tak­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to talk down the over­all strength of the Queens­land econ­omy. The LNP is well and truly un­der old man­age­ment. Mr Nicholls is a for­mer trea­surer who presided over the LNP’s mass sack­ings and cuts to front­line ser­vices that dev­as­tated busi­ness con­fi­dence and wreaked havoc on our lo­cal, re­gional and state economies. These sav­age cuts by the LNP – in­clud­ing the sack­ing of 14,000 gov­ern­ment work­ers in Mr Nicholls’s first State Bud­get in 2012 – were felt es­pe­cially hard in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties across our state. He was the only trea­surer in the past 30 years to pre­side over a drop in full-time jobs in Queens­land – a to­tal of 12,000 full-time jobs lost on his watch or 80 lost ev­ery week. Queens­land’s av­er­age growth dur­ing his time as trea­surer was 1.6% – the worst per­for­mance of any gov­ern­ment in the past 30 years – it was self–in­flicted eco­nomic mis­man­age­ment and even worse than the per­for­mance of La­bor faced with the GFC and cat­a­strophic floods and cy­clones in 2010 and 2011. By con­trast we are on track for growth of around 4% this year and we have cre­ated 61,300 jobs in lit­tle more than a year – in­clud­ing 27,500 full-time jobs. Busi­ness con­fi­dence is the high­est in na­tion for the 10th month in a row ac­cord­ing to the re­spected Na­tional Aus­tralia Bank’s sur­vey. Mr Nicholls as trea­surer and all other LNP Min­is­ters talked down our state’s eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial per­for­mance in a bid to scare vot­ers into ac­cept­ing as­set sales. As LNP Leader he is do­ing ex­actly the same – he has learnt noth­ing and ig­nored vot­ers. As trea­surer he said Queens­lan­ders had only three choices – as­set sales, higher taxes and charges, or more cuts to jobs and ser­vices. His fail­ure to iden­tify any fourth op­tion makes it clear that as­set sales re­main the LNP’s one-point plan for Queens­land. Noth­ing has changed.

Cur­tis Pitt Trea­surer of Queens­land

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