Bud­get loads fu­ture Queens­lan­ders with debt, says Spring­borg

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND Op­po­si­tion Lawrence Spring­borg has La­bor as usurpers.

In his sixth Bud­get re­ply speech, Mr Spring­borg ( pic­tured) says La­bor tricked peo­ple into vot­ing for it at the Jan­uary elec­tion by hid­ing its real Bud­get plans.

He says those se­cret plans in­cluded raid­ing public ser­vant longser­vice leave en­ti­tle­ments, tak­ing a Leader painted su­per con­tri­bu­tion hol­i­day, sad­dling gov­ern­ment- owned cor­po­ra­tions with more debt and forc­ing de­part­ments to find sav­ings.

“This Bud­get is built on a false premise; this Bud­get is built on raid­ing re­serves; this Bud­get is built on trans­fer­ring debt to the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of Queens­lan­ders,” Mr Spring­borg told Par­lia­ment.

“The debt is still there,

it

is

still wait­ing to be paid off.”

The Bud­get fore­casts net debt to rise from $ 74.1 bil­lion to $ 77.4 bil­lion over the next four years. Mr Spring­borg’s ad­dress por­trayed La­bor as tem­po­rary usurpers with the LNP as the right­ful gov­ern- ment. He as­sessed the for­mer LNP gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies and gave them a re­sound­ing tick of ap­proval.

He added that the LNP would con­tinue to de­velop the agri­cul­ture, re­sources, tourism, con­struc­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing and knowl­edge- based sec­tors.

Trea­surer Curtis Pitt said the Op­po­si­tion Leader had failed to in­spire or pro­vide a new plan.

“It was a speech more about 2009 than it was about 2015; Mr Spring­borg is liv­ing in the past,” he said.

Mr Pitt was also con­cerned parts of the Bud­get had been leaked to the Op­po­si­tion, say­ing the LNP clearly “ripped off” La­bor poli­cies.

“There are very se­ri­ous rules about the abil­ity to keep public in­for­ma­tion han­dled in an ap­pro­pri­ate mat­ter,” he said.

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