Bud­get out­rages our MP

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

THE Queens­land Govern­ment handed down its bud­get on Tues­day with money be­ing splashed ev­ery­where, though South­ern Downs has been “all-but for­got­ten”.

Trea­surer Jackie

Trad handed down her first State Bud­get, de­liv­er­ing a sur­prise

$1.5 bil­lion sur­plus.

But South­ern Downs MP James Lis­ter slammed the ab­sence of his elec­torate from the big spend.

“The bud­get is a big dis­ap­point­ment for our elec­torate be­cause we’re get­ting slugged with new and in­creased taxes but get­ting noth­ing back,” Mr Lis­ter said.

“As I looked through the bud­get papers, I see huge amounts are be­ing show­ered on La­bor’s pet lo­ca­tions but we have been left out in

South­ern Downs.

“I see that there’s $800,000-odd to fix the roof at the Stan­thorpe Hospi­tal but that is main­te­nance – not new money.

“And the funds they have fac­tored in for safety up­grades at Glen Niven Dam, is not new money ei­ther.

“The govern­ment is slug­ging us – the pro­duc­tive peo­ple of South­ern Downs – to prop up their huge spend­ing else­where.

“Peo­ple are al­ready pay­ing high elec­tric­ity, rates, wa­ter, health in­sur­ance and car rego bills, and drought is hurt­ing our farms and small busi­nesses, and now we see th­ese new money grabs.

“Queens­land’s debt will in­crease to a record $83 bil­lion in the next four years as the govern­ment runs up more money on the tax­payer’s credit card,” he said.

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