Only the LNP has the cre­den­tials to fix state’s bud­get woes

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - TIM NI­CHOLLS

A CORE value of the LNP is the de­sire to re­spon­si­bly man­age the fi­nances of Queens­land.

That means pro­vid­ing for the needs of today and plan­ning and build­ing the in­fra­struc­ture of to­mor­row … with­out leav­ing fu­ture gen­er­a­tions un­fairly bur­dened.

This is a clear con­trast with La­bor, which spends for today with no thought or care for who has to pay to­mor­row.

We are the bet­ter eco­nomic man­agers be­cause, un­like La­bor, we un­der­stand that all of the Gov­ern­ment’s money comes from tax­pay­ers and needs to be treated with re­spect.

We know that gov­ern­ment can’t pro­vide the ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture Queens­land needs with­out a strong econ­omy.

That’s why the LNP has a com­pre­hen­sive eco­nomic plan to create 500,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

We will sup­port busi­nesses to em­ploy more Queens­lan­ders by cut­ting pay­roll tax – La­bor’s tax on jobs. This change alone will im­me­di­ately help more than 14,000 busi­nesses create more jobs and give ex­ist­ing em­ploy­ees more work.

We won’t back­flip like An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk on megapro­jects such as the Carmichael mine and the Gold Coast’s ASF In­te­grated Re­sort De­vel­op­ment – putting at risk more than 10,000 mine-re­lated jobs and to­tally pulling the plug on 13,000 jobs with the ASF ter­mi­na­tion.

We will re­store in­vestor con­fi­dence by end­ing un­cer­tainty – a gov­ern­ment I lead will do what we say we will do.

An econ­omy can’t grow while weighed down by costs, and elec­tric­ity is one of the big­gest costs.

The LNP will de­liver cheaper elec­tric­ity, sav­ing a typ­i­cal fam­ily $780 over the next three years and sav­ing busi­nesses, farm­ers and in­dus­try thou­sands of dol­lars over the next term of gov­ern­ment.

Our real re­forms will in­crease sup­ply, boost com­pe­ti­tion, lower costs and im­prove choice to de­liver cheaper power bills.

And it’s be­cause we are bet­ter fi­nan­cial man­agers that the LNP will also be able to de­liver other sig­nif­i­cant cost-of-liv­ing re­lief – in­clud­ing freezing fam­ily car regis­tra­tion for three years, sav­ing up to $200.

We will sta­bilise debt, which un­der La­bor is pre­dicted to reach a record $81 bil­lion.

We don’t want to leave our kids and grand­kids to pay off our debt be­cause gov­ern­ment couldn’t man­age the fi­nances.

To create the jobs of the fu­ture, we will build the in­fra­struc­ture Queens­land needs.

We will de­liver a $1.3 bil­lion wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture and dams pro­gram to im­prove wa­ter se­cu­rity and make re­gional economies stronger. If you have wa­ter, you have jobs … now and into the fu­ture.

We will also bust the con­ges­tion that stops peo­ple spend­ing more time with their fam­i­lies and costs the econ­omy bil­lions of dol­lars in lost pro­duc­tiv­ity. We will get peo­ple out of traf­fic by: • Build­ing a sec­ond M1; • Du­pli­cat­ing the Sun­shine Coast rail line; • Sup­port­ing the Bris­bane Metro; • Im­prov­ing the M1 off-ramps.

And we will build the in­fra­struc­ture that our re­gions need through our su­per­charged $500 mil­lion Roy­al­ties for Re­gions pro­gram.

We will sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses with our Buy Lo­cal pol­icy: real Queens­land busi­nesses with a head of­fice in the state and that em­ploy lo­cals will be able to ac­cess our Price Match Guar­an­tee on gov­ern­ment projects and con­tracts.

We are unashamedly back­ing Queens­land busi­nesses be­cause it means more jobs for Queens­lan­ders.

Peo­ple can trust the LNP to de­liver be­cause in gov­ern­ment, we funded 11 new schools and de­liv­ered a $10 bil­lion, 10-year Bruce High­way ac­tion plan. We funded the Toowoomba sec­ond range cross­ing and Gate­way North up­grade, cre­ated jobs, and re­duced debt by $10 bil­lion. The pri­or­i­ties of the LNP gov­ern­ment that I will lead are clear. We will create jobs, take ac­tion on the cost of liv­ing, bet­ter sup­port Queens­land fam­i­lies, pro­vide safe and live­able com­mu­ni­ties and build the roads, bridges and dams we need.

We have the de­sire and ex­pe­ri­ence to bet­ter man­age the fi­nances, and the plan to build a bet­ter Queens­land. Tim Ni­cholls is Leader of the Lib­eral Na­tional Party

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