After cutting public services, cutting thousands of jobs and putting our public assets up for sale, the Newman government has announced plans to use hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money to fund an overseas coal mining giant's project.
The state government has said it will provide taxpayer money to this project, and take an equity stake in it, but is hiding how much of your money it is spending and what sort of stake it will take at the same time, claiming this information is under ‘commercial in confidence’. At the same time, it has continued telling Queenslanders that there is no choice but to hand over assets and services to be run for profit. So much for transparency!
The Newman government’s move was described as ‘reckless and irresponsible’ by GetUp! who have launched a campaign to call out this flagrant misuse of taxpayer fund. The Newman government has cut, cut, and cut again, telling Queenslanders to expect less from their public services. But at the same time, they’re prepared to spend an unknown multi-million dollar sum to fund a project that has struggled attract investment from banks. And this is not to mention the terrible effect that that coal mining deal will have on our climate and the beautiful Great Barrier Reef.
The strongest choice for Campbell Newman is to start keeping his promises, rather cutting jobs, cutting wages and cutting health and education services to fund coal mining that will hurt our environment and our Great Barrier Reef.
It’s simple: Queenslanders need a government that uses public funds to deliver public services.
I encourage you to be part of this conversation, and thank you for continuing to stand up for jobs and public services not broken promises.