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.”