LA­BOR ‘ TRICKS AND RAIDS’

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* Pa­per + Cape DVD + Case QUEENS­LAND’S op­po­si­tion has lashed La­bor’s “tricks and raids”.

Op­po­si­tion Leader Lawrence Spring­borg says the Bud­get handed down yesterday will leave the state worse off in ev­ery way.

“This is a bud­get of tricks and raids,” the Lib­eral Na­tional Party leader said. “This is about art­ful ma­nip­u­la­tion by the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment in Queens­land.”

Mr Spring­borg said the Bud­get forecast higher un­em­ploy­ment, weak­en­ing jobs growth and slow­ing eco­nomic growth.

He pre­dicted the state deficit and to­tal debt would in­crease and ac­cused the Gov­ern­ment of raid­ing public ser­vants’ su­per­an­nu­a­tion and longser­vice leave en­ti­tle­ments.

“It’s ab­so­lutely im­pos­si­ble to ma­nip­u­late a set of cir­cum­stances when you rob Peter to pay Paul and some­one doesn’t have to pay for it in the fu­ture,” the Op­po­si­tion Leader said.

Mr Spring­borg said La­bor had not been up­front with its fi­nan­cial plans dur­ing the Jan­uary elec­tion, mak­ing no men­tion of redi­rect­ing su­per­an­nu­a­tion. But he ap­plauded the Gov­ern­ment’s new por­tal for con­sid­er­ing un­so­licited pri­vate- sec­tor pro­pos­als for in­fra­struc­ture projects.

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