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Time to fess up on Wellcamp fiasco

28th July 2022

The Premier and Deputy Premier must explain to Queenslanders who signed off on the deal to waste nearly a quarter of a billion of taxpayer dollars on the dud quarantine facility at Wellcamp.

Now that Deputy Premier Steven Miles has finally revealed ‘wastecamp’ cost taxpayers a staggering $237 million, Queenslanders must know who will take responsibility for this exorbitant waste.

It is extraordinary the Palaszczuk Government allowed this deal to go ahead and worse still that they covered it up for so long.

Just 730 people have stayed at Wellcamp at a cost of $325,000 per person.

This exorbitant waste could have paid for approximately:

  • 870 social housing homes
  • 2500 nurses
  • 2300 teachers
  • 2300 police officers
  • 130 intensive care beds
  • 950 ambulances

The Auditor-General’s investigation should give us the answers we’ve long been asking for.

Why was the deal commercial-in-confidence and why did the Premier and Deputy Premier hide the truth from Queenslanders for so long?

Openness and transparency matters.

It just doesn’t matter to the Palaszczuk Government.