We once were the powerhouse
THIS year Queensland is getting record royalties from resources but, incredibly, Labor has lost control of the state’s finances.
The Palaszczuk Labor Government’s mid-year economic update revealed our debt is forecast to leap again to $83.5 billion and the public service wage bill is blowing out by almost $1 billion.
These financial forecasts, made by Treasurer Jackie Trad in the June Budget, have been blown apart in just six months. The annual public service wages bill is now $7 billion higher than it was under the LNP.
Labor’s spending is paid for by ordinary Queenslanders, who have been hit with an extra $2.2 billion in taxes this year, plus higher charges like rego.
Labor policies are hurting our economy and we have the highest unemployment rate in Australia.
Annastacia Palaszczuk used to talk about “jobs, jobs, jobs” but, this Christmas, more than 165,000 Queenslanders will be out of work. We need to do more to help our unemployed, struggling families and small businesses.
An LNP Government led by Deb Frecklington would spend our record royalties on urgently-needed infrastructure projects like roads and dams – creating jobs in our cities and the bush.
We wouldn’t waste public money on crazy ideas like renaming the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
My absolute priority as Treasurer would be helping Queenslanders get a job and get ahead.
Our state used to be Australia’s economic powerhouse but, under Annastacia Palaszczuk, we have lost our way and Queenslanders are paying the price. — Tim Mander LNP finance spokesman