LNP will need massive tax rises to fund its promises
INSTEAD of continuing their destructive campaign to talk down Queensland, LNP MPs might start explaining where the money is coming from to fund promises they are making without reliable costings and identified revenue sources.
The only conclusion – supported by the LNP leader’s own statements – is that in office they would need to massively hike state taxes, fees, and charges and destroy the highly competitive state tax system Queensland enjoys compared with other states.
Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson is the latest to continue the LNP’s ongoing campaign of relentless negativity by talking down regional economies.
Regional Queenslanders know that addressing high youth unemployment has been a priority for the Palaszczuk Government and it’s why we introduced our Back to Work program with $ 10,000 and $ 15,000 payments to regional employers hiring unemployed or long- term unemployed jobseekers.
It’s also why we extended it to include a $ 20,000 Back to Work Youth Boost grant for engaging 15 to 24- yearolds.
The Back to Work program has seen more than 5500 jobseekers secure employment in regional communities since July 2016 and its success saw funds in the recent State Budget to expand it into southeast Queensland.
By contrast, the LNP has been too lazy to develop an economic plan even after more than two years in opposition. They have failed to identify how they will fund their promises now that the LNP has supposedly ruled out asset sales.
I use the word “supposedly” because Tim Nicholls has a track record of say- ing one thing and doing another. For instance before the 2012 election he was against asset sales, but was their biggest advocate when Treasurer in Campbell Newman’s government.
Also as Treasurer he said without asset sales the only options were more mass job cuts or higher taxes.
If he has ruled out both asset sales and forced job cuts, tax rises are the only option left – by the LNP’s own admission. CURTIS PITT, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment.