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Labor’s budget blowouts risks Queensland’s credit rating

20th October 2017

  • S&P say Queensland’s credit rating could deteriorate further if expenses continue to blow out
  • All we’ve seen under Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor is expenses blow out of control
  • When Labor came to office expenses growth in 2016-17 was forecast at 3.6 per cent but what they actually delivered was double that at 7.2 per cent

Queensland’s credit rating could deteriorate further if expenses continue to blow out of control, a credit ratings update from Standard and Poors has confirmed.

Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said Labor had already broken its fiscal principles, which was a worrying sign for the future.

“According to S&P downwards ratings pressure could occur if expenses growth outpaces revenue growth,” Mr Emerson said.

“Worryingly, all we’ve seen under Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor is expenses blow out of control, as the public service wages bill has ballooned by almost $4 billion a year.

“Labor couldn’t even keep its own fiscal principle to link growth in the public service to population growth. In fact, they broke this promise in the very first year they introduced it.

“When Labor came to office expenses growth in 2016-17 was forecast at 3.6 per cent but what they actually delivered was double that at 7.2 per cent – which was more than four times higher than inflation.

“Labor’s future budget forecasts rely on heroic assumptions they can keep a lid on expenses growth, but when looking at their record it’s clear there is no chance of this happening.”

Mr Emerson said Labor’s only budget strategy was one of raids on public servants superannuation and long service leave and using government-owned utilities companies like ATMs.

“Sadly Labor has wasted the temporary spike in coal royalties and debt is heading to more than $81 billion,” he said.

“Worse still, they’ve run out of hollow logs to raid.

“The latest public service statistics are now overdue and it will be interesting to see if there was another surge like last quarter.

“Any increase above what has been budgeted will put the budget further into deficit and risks putting further pressure on Queensland’s credit rating, as highlighted by S&P today.”

4,400 jobs lost from Queensland in last month

19th October 2017

  • Latest ABS statistics show Queensland has second-worst unemployment rate in the country
  • 4,400 jobs disappeared from Queensland in the past month and 15,500 youth jobs lost since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier
  • The number of underemployed Queenslanders has risen by more than 30,000 in just 12 months

Today’s monthly unemployment statistics from the ABS again show Queenslanders aren’t getting ahead because Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are doing nothing, says LNP Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson.

“Today’s ABS labour force figures show that, under Labor, Queensland has the second-worst unemployment rate in the country,” Mr Emerson said.

“The unemployment gap between Queensland and the rest of Australia has become worse on Labor’s watch because they are stuck in neutral and Queenslanders are falling behind.

“We’ve seen 4,400 jobs disappear from Queensland last month.

“The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped from 5.7 per cent to 5.9 per cent despite a decreasing participation rate and people giving up their search for work.

“At 13.4 per cent, Queensland’s youth unemployment rate remains one of the worst in the country.

“Our young people are struggling to find full-time work, with more than 15,000 full-time youth jobs disappearing on Annastacia Palaszczuk’s watch.

“Meanwhile the underemployment rate has spiked. The number of underemployed Queenslanders has spiked by more than 30,000 in just 12 months.

“We have tens of thousands more Queenslanders who are being underemployed and aren’t getting the working hours they want.

“This is all contributing to stagnant wages growth and weekly earnings growth in Queensland is the weakest in the nation.

“The sad reality is that Queenslanders are falling behind under a Labor Government that isn’t prepared to take action to create the jobs Queensland families need.”

LNP welcomes Sugar Industry Code of Conduct win

18th October 2017

  • Queensland LNP welcomes Senate’s approval of Sugar Industry Code of Conduct
  • Defeat of Senator Leyonhjelm’s cheap stunt good news for Queensland canegrowers
  • Labor and the Greens sided with Senator Leyonhjelm – only the LNP stands with canegrowers, their families and sugar communities

LNP Shadow Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Dale Last has welcomed the defeat of NSW Senator David Leyonhjelm’s attempt to disallow the Sugar Industry Code of Conduct.

Mr Last, who represents the cane-growing heartland of Burdekin, said the Code of Conduct was needed to bring fairness to negotiations between growers and sugar milling companies holding regional milling monopolies.

“The defeat of David Leyonhjelm’s cheap stunt in the Federal Senate is good news for Queensland cane farmers, their families and their communities,” Mr Last said.

“The Code of Conduct is the direct result of the LNP working hard with our Federal Coalition colleagues to protect Queensland cane farmers.

“The LNP, with Tim Nicholls leading the way, worked with the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister to introduce the Sugar Code of Conduct to stop the nonsense from the foreign-controlled millers.

“I also led a delegation to Canberra to lobby hard for the interests of Queensland canegrowers to be protected and for this Code to pass the Senate – it’s very gratifying to see that’s happened.

“The Federal Coalition and the Queensland LNP will continue to stand up for family farmers against any unjust practices in the milling industry – a sector dominated by foreign-owned, multi-nationals holding overwhelming regional monopoly powers.

“In stark contrast, Labor and the Greens have done their best to sell Queensland farmers and their families down the river by siding with Senator Leyonhjelm.

“None of them understand the industry, or what the Code really does in terms of requiring cane supply contracts to be negotiated in good faith and with all parties - growers and millers and marketers - acting reasonably, fairly and honestly, without intimidation.

“Importantly, the Code also provides a mechanism for arbitration should negotiations break down – something Labor’s union supporters wouldn’t leave home without.”

LNP to give everyday Queenslanders a voice on electricity boards

17th October 2017

  • An LNP Government will give consumers a seat on the boards of Queensland power companies
  • Queensland families are hurting from record high electricity prices yet Labor appoints union puppets and former
  • Labor politicians to boardsLabor uses electricity charges as a secret tax on Queenslanders, but the LNP has a plan to ease power price pain

An LNP Government will give electricity customers a fair go by putting consumer representatives on the boards of electricity companies.

LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said Queenslanders were sick of paying record high electricity prices because Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor continued to use electricity costs as a secret tax on families and businesses.

“The LNP understands consumers cannot continue to face soaring electricity costs alone,” Mr Nicholls said.

“We’ve already committed to freezing the bonuses of electricity company executives if prices don’t come down, and now we’re committing to give consumers a seat on the boards of these powerful government-owned companies.

“Under this do-nothing Labor Government, Queensland power prices have hit record highs and families and businesses are hurting.

“Instead of doing something to ease the pain, Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to give ordinary Queenslanders a seat at the table and instead appointed union puppets and former Labor politicians to board positions.”

Mr Nicholls said the LNP’s Fair Go for Electricity Customers plan recognised the enormous impact that decisions made by energy boards could have on Queenslanders.

“Just a few weeks back, Rod Sims, chair of national competition watchdog the ACCC, made it clear that network costs are the real reason Queenslanders are paying too much for power,” he said.

‘41 per cent of the increase in electricity prices over the last 10 years has been due to network costs and as I say we keep forgetting that. Those poles and wires that run down the street are the main reason you’re paying too much for electricity.

‘It was state governments, when they owned these poles and wires that deliberately loosened the rules which made it very hard for the AER (Australian Energy Regulator) to make sure that consumers were only paying efficient costs.

‘I have to say that, when those rules were loosened, the two states that took most advantage, or the two network businesses, were the government-owned ones in New South Wales and Queensland.’ (Rod Sims, ACCC chair, National Press Club address 20/9/17)

“Mr Sims comments prove that Annastacia Palaszczuk has been happy to use electricity prices as a secret tax on Queenslanders and only acted when she was caught out,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk has turned a blind eye to Queensland Government-owned network businesses taking advantage of relaxed controls on network expenditure.

“As Premier, she’s ripped out 100 per cent dividends from the Government’s energy businesses, loaded them up with $5 billion of state debt and allowed Stanwell Corporation to price gouge and drive up electricity prices.

“The LNP has a plan to reduce power prices by scrapping Labor’s crazy 50 per cent renewable target, build with the private sector a low-emissions, coal-fired power plant for North Queensland and freeze power executive bonuses until electricity prices come down.”

Police stats confirm crime is out of control under Labor

17th October 2017

  • Labor’s softly, softly, slap-on-the-wrist policies send crime through the roof
  • Robberies, car theft, assaults all soaring under Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • Only the LNP will bring back tougher laws and the resources our police need to keep families safe

New Queensland police statistics confirm that crime is out of control under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

The 2016-17 QPS Annual Statistical Review shows that compared to the previous financial year:

  • Robbery is up 26%
  • Armed robbery is up 24%
  • Car theft and hooning (unlawful use of a motor vehicle) is up 19%
  • Fraud is up 15%
  • Unlawful entry is up 12%
  • Assault is up 11%
  • Overall property crime is up 9%
  • Overall offences against the person are up 9%
  • Breaches of Domestic Violence Orders are up 9%
  • Reported crime across Queensland is up 9 %

Shadow Police Minister Tim Mander said more and more Queenslanders were fearful of walking the streets – while at the same time feeling less safe in their own homes.

“It’s a diabolical catch-22 that can be laid firmly at the feet of this soft-on-crime Annastacia Palaszczuk-led Labor Government,” Mr Mander said.

“As a result of the strong laws and additional resources provided by the LNP Government in late 2013, crime rates across the state dramatically dropped.

“Across Queensland in 2014, this meant that assaults reduced by 3.7%, robbery was down by 24.8%, unlawful entry plummeted by 17.4% and car theft dived by 19.4%.

“In all, 696 fewer Queenslanders were assaulted, 434 fewer Queenslanders were robbed, 6960 fewer homes were broken into and 2244 fewer cars were stolen.

“Yet in a little under three years, Labor’s softly, softly, slap-on-the-wrist policies have trashed this record and sent crime through the roof.

“Resourcing has also been slashed and police are at their wits’ end. Last year, only three additional police were added across the state – 11,877 officers became 11,880.

“It’s astonishing the Government is actually trying to defend these figures – just ask all those Queenslanders now living with a daily threat level to their personal safety and property security that simply wasn’t there three years ago.

“Only the LNP will bring back tougher laws and the resources our police need to keep families safe.”

Labor’s electricity con laid bare for all Queenslanders to see

17th October 2017

  • ACCC hands down scathing report into Labor’s failed power policies that have resulted in record electricity prices for all Queensland families, businesses and industries
  • Labor’s network gold-plating, extreme green schemes, price gouging, secret electricity taxes and union-friendly pay deals have driven up electricity prices to record highs
  • ACCC report confirms that Queenslanders are paying through the nose for green schemes, more than any state, yet we have the lowest amount of renewable energy
  • No amount of Labor spin or lies can gloss over the cold, hard fact that Queenslanders are being ripped off blind through their electricity bills under Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • If Annastacia Palaszczuk is so confident her so-called electricity plan is working then she should call an election immediately and let Queenslanders decide if they can afford another three years of Labor

The ACCC confirmed today what Queenslanders have always known – Annastacia Palaszczuk’s failed power policies have driven up prices and resulted in them paying for some of the most expensive electricity prices in the nation.

LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said the ACCC report* made for sober reading and laid bare Annastacia Palaszczuk’s complete and utter failure when it came to electricity prices.

“The cat is well and truly out of the bag now. No amount of Labor spin or lies can gloss over the cold, hard fact that Queenslanders are being ripped off blind by through their electricity bills,” Mr Nicholls said.

“The ACCC report is simply scathing.

“It is a tale of two Annas – Bligh who gold-plated the network and Palaszczuk who has gone even further with her extreme green schemes, her secret power tax and union-friendly pay deal for electricity workers, all of which have resulted in record high electricity prices.”

Mr Nicholls said all Annastacia Palaszczuk had done for Queenslanders was deliver them record high electricity prices.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk doesn’t have a power plan, all she has is a power sham,” he said.

“Labor have used a lot of lies and smear about electricity, especially from their resident Twitter troll Mark Bailey, to cover up that they have absolutely no idea.

“South Australia can’t even keep the lights on and according to the independent ACCC report, their power is cheaper than ours – that is how bad it is.

“I am urging Queenslanders to take their power bills to the ballot box and vote this incompetent mob out.”

Mr Nicholls said the ACCC report also confirmed that Queenslanders were paying more for green schemes than other states yet we had the lowest amount of renewable energy.

“Queenslanders would be shocked to learn they are paying for Labor’s ideologically-driven green schemes put in place to win inner-city votes whether they like it or not,” he said.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have put ideology and idiocy first rather than reliability and affordability and Queensland families and businesses are paying for it.

“All of Labor’s policies are increasing electricity prices, whether it’s the 3 per cent wage increase for electricity workers - more than teachers, nurses and ambulance officers - the headlong rush to a 50 per cent renewable energy target, or allowing energy executives to rip-off Queenslanders.”

Mr Nicholls said it was time for Annastacia Palaszczuk to come clean with Queenslanders and put her so-called record to the vote.

“If Annastacia Palaszczuk is so confident her so-called electricity plan is working then she should call an election and let Queenslanders decide,” he said.

“If she is so confident that her power plans have driven down electricity prices for families, businesses and industry, call an election and let the people decide.

“If she is so confident her extreme green schemes are popular in places like North and Central Queensland as she constantly claims, call an election and let voters decide.

“Anything less from her just shows how utterly incompetent she has become – why is she running scared?”

* https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/accc-retail-electricity-pricing-inquiry-preliminary-report

Labor’s secret deals with One Nation

13th October 2017

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s appalling lack of leadership has been exposed on two fronts.

This inexperienced Premier has failed to break ties with vile CFMEU thugs who fund the Labor Party while threatening to rape children. Two days after news of this sickening behaviour surfaced, Annastacia Palaszczuk remains silent in an affront to all Queenslanders, an insult to common decency and a tearing down of community standards.

The Premier refuses to condemn the CFMEU, will not return the union’s $180,000 of donations to the Labor Party and plans to keep taking their grubby money.

Meanwhile, Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor MPs have made a mockery of the Premier’s public position on Pauline Hanson by hatching secret preference deals with One Nation across Queensland. One Nation chief spin doctor James Ashby is reported today as confirming approaches by “regional Labor people” over One Nation preferences.

The Australian newspaper reported: Mr Ashby said he had contacted Labor state secretary Evan Moorhead “some weeks ago now” asking if Labor’s plan to place One Nation last had changed, because Mr Ashby had received “requests by regional Labor people for One Nation preferences”.

Eariler in the week, Mr Ashby was also reported as confirming he had received no such approaches from the LNP.

My position is clear: There will be no deals with One Nation; no shared ministry and no coalition. The LNP is the only conservative party that can fix Labor’s mess.

A vote for One Nation is now clearly a vote for Labor. A vote for One Nation will go straight to Labor and result in another three years of a do-nothing Government, like it did in 1998, 2001 and in Western Australia earlier this year.

It’s now clear that desperate Labor MPs are undermining the Premier’s weak leadership and making her a liar. Labor MPs believe they cannot get elected under the Labor brand.

Queensland deserves so much better than a puppet Premier of the unions who wants to party with Pauline.

And so I call on Annastacia Palaszczuk to just name the election date, so Queenslanders can have their say.

Labor again refuses to rule out Queensland power rationing

13th October 2017

  • Annastacia Palaszczuk still supports a power-rationing plan that will see Queenslanders urged to set their air-conditioners to 26 degrees or above to avoid blackouts
  • All Labor MPs voted against a motion to condemn power rationing and air conditioning controls
  • All we hear from Labor when it comes to energy is fear and smear… because they have no idea

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has tonight doubled-down in its support for a summer power-rationing plan that would see Queenslanders urged to set their air-conditioners to 26 degrees or above to avoid blackouts.

All Labor MP’s voted against a motion by the LNP to condemn power rationing and air conditioning controls on Queenslanders.

LNP motion: This House condemns the Palaszczuk Government for its Summer Preparedness Plan asking Queenslanders to put their air-conditioners to 26 degrees or above to avoid blackouts.

LNP Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart said Labor has hit a new low by asking Queenslanders to ration their energy use and keep their air-conditioning at 26 degrees – simply to prop up their headlong rush to renewable energy.

“What have we come to when Annastacia Palaszczuk is telling Queenslanders to ration their electricity use and set their air conditioning to 26 degrees?” Mr Hart said.

“Government frontbencher Glenn Butcher confirmed summer blackouts under Labor were certain and justified their power rationing plan, saying in Parliament it prepared for:

“…these possible emergencies that are coming.”

“Instead of making sure there’s enough power to go around, Labor’s pointed the finger at Queenslanders and telling them they need to do more.

“There’s not a struggling family or small business in Queensland who isn’t already doing everything they can to conserve power because of the Palaszczuk Government’s record high power prices and secret energy tax.

“Queenslanders work hard all year to take a Christmas break, enjoy a few cold prawns, a dip in the pool, check out the cricket on the TV and maybe take a nap in the air conditioning.

“All that’s under threat from a State Labor Government that can’t even ensure that when you flick the switch the lights are going to come on this summer – it’s appalling.

“Queenslanders are paying the highest power prices ever, but are still being told to expect summer blackouts. They deserve better.”

LNP to fix another Labor mess – this time for subbies

13th October 2017

  • LNP will make sure subbies get paid without increasing construction costs
  • LNP will listen to all stakeholders and not just unions
  • Master Builders and the people of Queensland have lost confidence in Labor’s Mick de Brenni

The Liberal National Party today slammed Labor’s incompetent Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni – saying that just like the rollout of ID scanners, Labor’s so-called Building Industry Fairness Bill was a disaster waiting to happen.

Liberal National Party leader Tim Nicholls said the party would support subbie payment legislation but, unlike Labor, the LNP would work with stakeholders to ensure the rollout was not botched.

“Everyone deserves to be paid and on time but only the LNP will work with stakeholders to make sure the legislation is implemented properly and doesn’t have unintended consequences,” Mr Nicholls said.

“An LNP Government will put in place an implementation panel for subcontractor payments which has been called for by stakeholders but Labor isn’t listening.”

Mr Nicholls said the Implementation Panel would consist of stakeholders such as Master Builders, the Queensland Law Society, subcontractors, builders and local governments to identify and resolve issues with the project bank accounts before they were rolled out to private sector projects.

“If we don’t get this right, not only will subbies not be paid but building costs will increase, meaning fewer jobs and opportunities for Queenslanders,” he said.

LNP Shadow Minister for Housing Stephen Bennett said Master Builders had estimated Labor’s Bill would increase construction costs by around 3 per cent.

“The LNP is committed to getting the balance right to ensure subbies get paid what they are owed without increasing construction costs,” Mr Bennett said.

“The LNP will listen and act where Labor has failed.”

Labor’s Buy Queensland policy exposed as a farce

12th October 2017

  • Palaszczuk Government’s ‘Buy Queensland procurement policy has been exposed as a farce
  • Labor left red-faced after a New South Wales based company received a $2 million contract over a Gladstone based company
  • Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor are all talk and no action when it comes to putting Queensland jobs first

The Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland procurement policy has been exposed as a farce after a New South Wales company was awarded a tender for work in Central Queensland ahead of a local company.

LNP Shadow Public Works Minister Stephen Bennett said Annastacia Palaszczuk was left red-faced after a Tamworth-based company received a $2 million contract over a Gladstone-based company.

“We understand this contract to fence state land in the Connor River region between Mackay and Rockhampton would have created 12 local jobs, which will now go interstate,” Mr Bennett said.

“Labor say their
policy looks after Queensland companies and their workers by ensuring tenders for government work go to local companies - but this has been exposed as nothing more than a sham.

“Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister Mick de Brenni have been shamefully caught out as being all talk and no action, just weeks after announcing their Buy Queensland policy.

“The Gladstone-based company that tendered for the work is at least 1000 kilometres closer than the Tamworth-based company that won the contract, and that’s just not good enough.

“If Annastacia Palaszczuk checked a map, she would see Tamworth was not in Queensland.”

Mr Bennett said Labor’s decision to award the fencing contract interstate was even more disappointing because the contract was to replace and repair fencing that had been destroyed by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“The people of Central Queensland were told local companies and their workers would be favoured in all the clean-up and repair work following Cyclone Debbie –this was clearly another Labor lie,” he said.

“The LNP won’t stand by and watch Queenslanders jobs be put in danger by an inexperienced Premier.

“Unlike Annastacia Palaszczuk’s inexperienced and unworkable policy, we won’t allow blow-ins from interstate and overseas to take advantage by simply having a workforce in Queensland.

“The LNP’s Buy Local procurement policy will put Queensland first by prioritising local businesses that are headquartered in Queensland and have a workforce in the project area, so long as they match the lowest bid.

“That’s the LNP’s Buy Local attitude - putting Queensland jobs, businesses and taxpayers first.”

 

Labor hit new energy low for regional Queensland

10th October 2017

  • Labor rules out high-efficiency, low-emissions, coal-fired power station in North Queensland
  • Queensland faces energy rationing and South Australia-like blackouts in summer
  • All we hear from Labor when it comes to energy is fear and smear… because they have no idea

The Palaszczuk Government has today shamefully ruled out a new high-efficiency, low-emissions, coal-fired power station in North Queensland while at the same time threatening to ration Queenslanders’ energy use.

LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said Labor had hit a new low by asking Queenslanders to ration their energy use and keep their air-conditioning at 26 degrees – simply to prop up its headlong rush to renewable energy.

“Queenslanders want a reliable, accessible energy source when they need it most, which is why the LNP will work with the private sector to build a new high-efficiency, low-emissions, coal-fired power station,” Mr Nicholls said.

“What has it come to when the Palaszczuk Government is telling Queenslanders to ration their electricity use and set their air conditioning to 26 degrees?

“Instead of making sure there is sufficient power supply, Labor have started pointing the finger at Queenslanders and telling them they need to do more.

“There is not a family or business in Queensland who isn’t already doing what they can to conserve power because of the Palaszczuk Government’s record high power prices and secret energy tax.

“Can you imagine Christmas morning with the family gathered around the dinner table praying someone doesn’t flick the switch off to ration power?

“Raw turkeys, a green pool and sheets soaked with sweat isn’t an energy plan.”

LNP Member for Burdekin Dale Last said it was all pain and no gain every time Labor talked about electricity.

“The facts speak for themselves when it comes to the exorbitant power price legacy of this Labor government,” Mr Last said.

“Queenslanders are paying the highest power prices ever, and being secretly taxed by stealth under this do-nothing Labor government.

“This uncertainty is all because of their reckless rush to renewable energy.

“Labor has now admitted we could face similar blackouts to South Australia because of their reckless rush to renewables – while they abandon stable power sources.

“When it comes to energy at the upcoming state election, all we’re going to hear from Labor is fear and smear … because they have no idea.

“If Labor are re-elected, we will have another term of soaring power prices, unreliable power and reckless policies which will leave Queenslanders in the dark.”

Energy rationing plan sees Labor hit new energy low

10th October 2017

  • Labor hit new low with Queenslanders facing energy rationing
  • Labor admits Queensland could face South Australia-like blackouts because of reckless rush to renewables
  • All we hear from Labor when it comes to energy is fear and smear… because they have no idea

The Palaszczuk Government has hit a new low by asking Queenslanders to ration their energy use and keep their air-conditioning at 26 degrees – simply to prop up Labor’s headlong rush to renewable energy.

LNP Leader Tim Nicholls said Queenslanders simply wanted a reliable, accessible energy source when they needed it most.

“The lights are clearly off at Queensland Labor when it comes to energy,” Mr Nicholls said.

“What has it come to when the Palaszczuk Government is telling Queenslanders to ration their electricity use and set their air conditioning to 26 degrees?

“Instead of making sure there is sufficient power supply, Labor have started pointing the finger at Queenslanders and telling them they need to do more.

“There is not a family or business in Queensland who isn’t already doing what they can to conserve power because of the Palaszczuk Government’s record high power prices and secret energy tax.

“Can you imagine Christmas morning with the family gathered around the dinner table praying someone doesn’t flick the switch off to ration power?

“Raw turkeys, a green pool and sheets soaked with sweat isn’t an energy plan.”

Mr Nicholls said it was all pain and no gain every time Labor talked about electricity.

“The facts speak for themselves when it comes to the exorbitant power price legacy of this Labor government,” Mr Nicholls said.

“Queenslanders are paying the highest power prices ever, and being secretly taxed by stealth under this do-nothing Labor government.

“This uncertainty is all because of their reckless rush to renewable energy.

“Labor has now admitted we could face similar blackouts to South Australia because of their reckless rush to renewables – while they abandon stable power sources.

“When it comes to energy at the upcoming state election, all we’re going to hear from Labor is fear and smear … because they have no idea.

“If Labor are re-elected, we will have another term of soaring power prices, unreliable power and reckless policies which will leave Queenslanders in the dark.”

Labor must fight for Queensland’s GST fair share

9th October 2017

  • Annastacia Palaszczuk is failing to stand up for Queensland on critical GST debate
  • Premier must reject any changes to way GST is distributed that will hurt Queenslanders
  • Only the LNP is fighting to protect GST revenue flowing to Queenslanders

Liberal National Party Leader Tim Nicholls has today rejected calls for changes to the way GST is distributed that have the potential to hurt Queensland.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk should stop the fake electioneering and actually stand up for Queensland on this important issue,” Mr Nicholls said.

“How can this Premier be trusted to fight for our fair share of GST revenue when in 2015 she couldn’t even answer what the GST rate was?

“The Productivity Commission has today put forward a number of draft recommendations looking at the way GST is distributed across the states and territories.

“Any changes to the way each state’s GST share is calculated must not come at the expense of Queenslanders.

“This is an important issue, with GST payments making up more than a quarter of total revenue in Queensland.

“Under Labor debt in Queensland is heading past $80 billion and we have fiscal deficits totalling $11.5 billion over the forward years.

“Queenslanders are already paying the price of Labor’s budget mismanagement – the last thing they need is a weak-kneed response from a do-nothing Premier that starves our state of the funds it deserves.”

Mr Nicholls said only the LNP Opposition had actually written to the Prime Minister proposing those states that don’t develop their gas reserves should be made to pay when it comes to GST distribution.

“Those states are effectively sucking like leeches on Queensland’s gas reserves and should be penalised for lacking the political courage to develop their gas industry,” he said.

“We already know where Pauline Hanson and One Nation stand on this issue – they want to give Queensland’s GST revenue to Western Australia.

“Only the LNP will put Queensland jobs, businesses and taxpayers first.”