Taxpayers stuck in mid­dle with no so­lu­tion in sight

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

AN­DREW Cripps’ let­ter to the editor ( TB, 18/ 7) showed La­bor had in­creased rego costs by over two times the rate of in­fla­tion. No one wants their reg­is­tra­tion in­creased in a di­min­ish­ing job mar­ket and cer­tainly not when we can see no dis­cernible ben­e­fit to our roads.

It is sim­i­lar to when the res­i­dents of North Queens­land were hurt­ing from an un­prece­dented in­crease in in­sur­ance costs and his pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment’s so­lu­tion was to in­crease in­sur­ance stamp duty by 1.5 per cent to add another $ 100 mil­lion to its bot­tom line. That was a bril­liant move con­sid­er­ing your Smart Choices cam­paign to con­vince us to sell our as­sets cost us $ 70 mil­lion. So through the LNP’s fis­cal su­pe­ri­or­ity we are only $ 30 mil­lion in the hole on that gem of an idea.

Or we could look to the 22 per cent power price hike in 2013 fol­lowed by a 13 per cent in­crease in 2014. Power costs have nearly dou­bled in the past four years and both sides of pol­i­tics are at fault. The av­er­age bill rose by $ 440 in this time.

I un­der­stand An­drew has re­verted to his well- worn route of anti- ev­ery­thing in op­po­si­tion but what hap­pens to the tax­payer? We are stuck be­tween two sides of the fence where which­ever way we turn we are stuck with the same two sides of pol­i­tics. We vote for one side un­til we get sick of them then swap to the other side for a while and so the cy­cle goes.

I have heard men­tion on more than one oc­ca­sion that it is time for the Na­tion­als to re­gain their iden­tity. The soul­suck­ing LNP side of the agree­ment has taken its toll on a party that once stood for great things but is now noth­ing more than an an­noy­ance to the true lib­er­als. Once upon a time the Nats were there for the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and were a force to be reck­oned with, now we are look­ing a ghost of past power in Queens­land. Do us a favour An­drew, con­vince your Na­tion­als to stand alone again and re­gain the up­per hand for those that don’t live in Bris­bane.

MARK MO­LACHINO,

Aitken­vale.

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