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LNP’s plan to protect Queensland jobs during health crisis

17th March 2020

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has reinforced her plan to save Queensland jobs, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Frecklington said the well-being of all Queenslanders is the top priority but action must be taken to stop a health crisis becoming a jobs crisis.

“The coronavirus health emergency will test our hospitals and our economy,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The LNP is absolutely committed to ensuring we protect businesses from going bust and keeping people in a job.

“In early February, I called for an immediate stimulus package including interest free loans.

“Last week I called on the Labor Government to cut payroll tax for six months, not just defer it.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s decision to defer payroll tax payments is simply postponing the pain for small business. Payroll tax needs to be cut and cut now for the next six months.

“Labor is currently overseeing a $5.3 billion road maintenance backlog to fix potholes, widen roads and other upgrades.

“$500 million of this backlog should be released immediately as part of a regional roads package. This plan would boost the number of jobs across Queensland and improve our roads which are in desperate need of repair.

“The LNP has also asked Labor to slash payment times to small businesses who are contracted by the State Government to 20 days, to improve cash flow and prevent job cuts.

“An unprecedented emergency requires urgent and a smart response.

“In the spirit of bipartisanship, the LNP is prepared to work with the Labor Government to immediately implement these measures.”