Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Labor's Year to Forget

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Labor's Year to Forget

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THE Treasurer's subjective account of 2015 is indicative of the Palaszczuk Labor Government's head-in-the-sand approach to every decision they never made last year and every promise they failed to deliver.

Last year saw more than 80 reviews, a shifty debt swap, a raid on government employee benefits, and a failed electricity merger. Then there was the clanger of all clangers, when the Treasurer stood up in Parliament, performed some magic tricks and told us all that Queensland was in a recession, only to change his mind a few weeks later.

Sadly, this didn't rate a mention in Mr Pitt's ode to himself.

What was also omitted from this fanciful yarn was mention of the scathing Auditor-General's report into the state's finances that argued the Palaszczuk Government needed to apply "more permanent solutions" to reducing debt in Queensland, which is "higher than that of every other state in Australia".

In fact, the biggest problems with the Treasurer's budget strategy stem from the promises made at the election and the tricks he pulled out in the budget.

As the Auditor General said, "these actions are short term strategies that cannot be relied upon indefinitely". It's a fact, Queensland's debt position is worsening under Labor.

Mr Pitt could be forgiven for leaving out a few key facts, but it's important to point out the mistruths.

Firstly, Queensland was forecast to have 5.75% economic growth this year under the LNP - higher than the 4% under Labor.

Unemployment is also forecast to be higher under Labor and employment growth is forecast to be weaker.

According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), business confidence plummeted significantly following the January 2015 election. The latest Pulse Survey from the CCIQ showed business conditions on the Sunshine Coast falling by 13.8 points since before Labor's election.

Sunshine Coast businesses are also less confident about their future. …

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