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Still waiting for Labor's economic plan for Qld

The time has come for the Palaszczuk Government to reveal its economic and jobs plan after the Federal Government handed down a positive budget for Queensland. Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said Federal incentives for small business, investment in job-creating infrastructure and record health and education spending had left Labor with no more excuses.

 

He said additional funding combined with a massive $5.6 billion increase to GST revenue meant the Palaszczuk Government had no one to blame for not being able to deliver quality frontline services and create job opportunities for Queenslanders.

 

“We know they have no plan. Now they have no excuses,” Mr Springborg said.

 

“All we have seen from Labor is scare-mongering and crocodile tears but the facts speak for themselves.

 

“The Palaszczuk Government’s attempt to use the Federal Budget as an excuse for not having a plan of their own will no longer wash with Queenslanders.

 

“As a government claiming to be pro-jobs, it should be a huge concern for Queenslanders that the Premier refused to even talk about frontline jobs yesterday.

 

“The spotlight is now on Premier Palaszczuk and her Treasurer, Curtis Pitt to come clean and reveal their plan for Queensland.”

 

Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said: “The Federal Government has delivered a budget that is fair for Queensland and should put an end to the misinformation being spruiked by this inexperienced Labor Government.

 

  • Queensland hospitals will receive an extra $819 million from 2014/15 to 2018/19
  • Queensland schools will receive an $876 million increase from 2014/15 to 2018/19
  • Queensland will receive an extra $5.6 billion in GST revenue

 

“A $300 million drought-assistance package and the $5 billion funding package for Northern Australia is also a welcome boost for regional Queensland.

 

 “It is time for Labor to explain exactly how it will pay down debt and continue to deliver frontline services and jobs for Queensland.

 

“Business confidence is down, unemployment is up and Labor’s core election pledge to merge energy companies has been exposed as a dud.

 

“Playing the blame game will no longer be an option for this Labor Government.”

 

Year

Total funding to Queensland (including GST)

GST payments to Queensland

Funding to Queensland for hospitals

Funding to Queensland for schools (Total Students First funding)

2014-15

$21.2 billion

$11.7 billion

$3.0 billion

$3.0 billion

2015-16

$23.1 billion

$13.0 billion

$3.2 billion

$3.3 billion

2016-17

$26.3 billion

$14.9 billion

$3.3 billion

$3.6 billion

2017-18

$27.8 billion

$16.5 billion

$3.6 billion

$3.8 billion

2018-19

$28.0 billion

$17.3 billion

$3.8 billion

$3.9 billion

Increase from  2014-15 to 2018-19 levels

32% – or $6.7 billion – increase

48% – or $5.6 billion – increase

27% – or $819 million – increase

29% – or $876 million – increase

 

 

FAST FACTS

Key projects for Queensland include:

  • Bruce Highway: up to $6.7 billion with $500 million provided in 2015-16
  • Gateway Motorway North: up to $929.6 million with $50 million provided in 2015-16
  • Toowoomba Second Range Crossing: Up to $1.285 billion with $316.65 million provided in 2015-16
  • Warrego Highway: $508 million with $101.5 million provided in 2015-16
  • Cape York Region Package: $208.4 million with $48 million provided in 2015-16
  • Moreton Bay Rail Link: $518.4 million with $102 million provided in 2015-16.

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