Your chance to have your say on our future
THE decision to sell $32 billion worth of governmentowned assets, increase taxes or cut services to balance Queensland budget is now in your hands.
An interactive tool allows all Queenslanders to walk in the Treasurer’s shoes and find a way to reduce the state’s debt by $25-30 billion.
The people’s budget tool reveals the government could make more than $32 billion if it sold key Queensland assets – and you can have your say on the Whitsunday Times website.
They could pocket a potential $28 billion from allowing private investment in Powerlink, Ergon and Energex, $3 billion for government-owned generators CS Energy and Stanwell and $1.7 billion for the two ports and the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line.
But before getting to the big ticket items – there is a sliding scale allowing users to in- crease or decrease taxes or services.
Do you want more or less spending on education or health or roads?
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls insists the tool is not just for show and he will consider all feedback to make decisions about the impending State Budget and how to pay down debt.
You can have your say on the Whitsunday Times website today.