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