Frecklington must outline cuts to Darling Downs

Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Planning The Honourable Cameron Dick

Treasurer Cameron Dick has today called on Deb Frecklington to outline what cuts the LNP will make in the Darling Downs region to pay for their $23 billion in unfunded promises.

“Last time, the LNP closed two schools in the area and ripped $4.3 million from local child safety, community and disabilities organisations,” the Treasurer said.

“Deb sat around the Cabinet table when the LNP cut 143 frontline health jobs, sacked 212 TAFE workers and cut $81 million in road funding and 76 road maintenance workers. Plus axed 40 local jobs at the correctional centre.

“Those numbers alone represent around 470 Queenslanders who lost their jobs in the Darling Downs because the LNP weren’t up-front about their cuts.

“Deb has made $23 billion in promises so far.

“What will she cut this time? How many workers will she sack? What schools will she close? When will she tell us?”

The Treasurer said the Palaszczuk Government had released the Covid Fiscal and Economic Review ten days ago.

The review showed that Queensland’s economic rebound from COVID-19 is forecast to be almost twice as strong as the Australian average.

“We know that our strong health response has laid the foundation for our economy to ease internal restrictions, benefiting businesses right across the state,” the Treasurer said.

“As we deliver our plan for economic recovery, boosting competitiveness and resilience of the Queensland economy will be key, so I have already announced measures to:

  • support business investment and jobs;
  • ease the burden on small business; and
  • ensure Queensland’s balance sheet works as hard as it possibly can.

“The LNP’s plan to sack workers won’t help jobs, it will destroy jobs.”

/Public Release. View in full here.