We once were the pow­er­house

Chinchilla News - - NEWS OPINION -

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

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