STATE BUD­GET RE­VIEW

Leahy wants more from bud­get to ben­e­fit out­back

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Doyle Michael.Doyle@dal­by­her­ald.com.au Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: MICHAEL DOYLE

BUD­GET: Ann Leahy (right) with op­po­si­tion leader Deb Freck­ling­ton.

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