STATE BUDGET REVIEW
Leahy wants more from budget to benefit outback
THE state budget will increase the cost of living, according to Warrego’s MP.
Ann Leahy said the five new taxes would “impact business and households”, and that the $83 billion debt was taking funds away from infrastructure projects.
In a statement made after the budget, Ms Leahy said the state’s unemployment and debt was causing huge problems.
“Not only is there debt to pay back but the growing interest bill diverts funds away from necessary infrastructure projects like hospitals, roads and front line services.
“Unemployment has risen from 6.1 per cent to 6.5 per cent or equal to the worst in the nation and a staggering 54.2 per cent in youth unemployment in the outback.”
Murweh Shire Mayor Annie Liston was disappointed there wasn’t much for agriculture.
“There was nothing we were jumping up and down about or excited about in terms of agriculture,” she said.
Liberal National Party Shadow Agriculture Minister Tony Perrett said Labor’s budget had nothing new for agriculture.
“They only noteworthy addition for Queensland farmers is funding to increase regulation and red and green tape to suffocate our agricultural sector,” Mr Perrett said.
“The Works for Queensland was a really successful program for the Murweh Shire and creating energy from waste is an interest,” Cr Liston said.
BUDGET: Ann Leahy (right) with opposition leader Deb Frecklington.