Qld dealt State Budget full of broken promises: Palaszczuk
QUEENSLAND has been dealt a budget of broken promises and failures which regional taxpayers are feeling particularly hard, the State Opposition claims.
Before a small contingent of MPs and ministers, including the Health Minister and Treasurer, who chose to stay and listen to her State Budget reply, Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk referred to the Newman Government's second budget as a series of broken promises.
She said regional Queensland was feeling the pain from the budget.
"Almost 75% of the government's capital spending is confined to the south-east corner," she told Parliament on Thursday.
Ms Palaszczuk narrowed in on the abandonment of a return to fiscal surplus until 2015-2016, an employment rate nearing 6% and soaring electricity prices.
"Today's unemployment rate of 5.6% is higher than when the LNP was elected," she said.
"In fact unemployment under the LNP has already peaked above 6% - higher than during the darkest hours of the Global Financial Crisis.
"It makes the Premier's promise to track towards a 4% unemployment rate by 2017-18 heroic at best."
The Opposition outlined their own policies to foster job growth, including A Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative to ready the unemployed for the workforce and a focus on retaining professionals in the Sunshine State.
Ms Palaszczuk also claimed credit for the LNG industry, which the State Government intends to rely on to boost economic growth over the next few years.
"Labor initiated this industry from day one," she said.
"It has transformed areas like Gladstone into the state's powerhouses.
"It is this industry that the government admits will chart Queenslands future."
The Newman Government's acceptance of a 22% rise in electricity prices meant prices would be almost four times more than under Labor, Ms Palaszczuk said.
Overall the Treasurer had "failed" and "betrayed" Queenslanders with his most recent budget, Ms Palaszczuk said.