The announcement that $70 million would be made available for Round 3 of Labor’s disastrous Building our Regions program can be met with skepticism by local councils. Despite claiming they ‘topped up’ the Building our Regions program in last year’s state budget, it still falls a huge $120 million dollars short of the former LNP Government’s landmark $495 million Royalties for Regions program.
It took two years for Labor to get their act into gear, there could have been thousands of jobs created and hundreds of millions of dollars of royalties coming into Queensland. As recently as three weeks ago the Palaszczuk Labor Government was still putting roadblocks in the way of this vital project, all to secure inner-city Green votes. Just a few weeks ago, the LNP led the charge in State Parliament to ensure this project wouldn’t be held up by further red tape from Labor. When we came into Government in 2012, this project had been languishing for years under the Bligh Government.
Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson said the release of the Report on State Finances confirmed we are seeing a return to the bad old days of Labor budget blowouts and deficits. “Curtis Pitt has managed to turn a forecast $331 million surplus into a $461 million deficit,” Mr Emerson said. “We now know the Palaszczuk Government has increased the size of the public service by 12,500 positions since coming to office. We also learnt employee expenses grew at almost 8% in just one year.