Your chance to have your say on our fu­ture

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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