Annastacia Palaszczuk’s refusal to commit to a border reopening date is closing businesses and costing jobs in the Whitsundays, LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said today.
Ms Frecklington saw the economic damage being inflicted on the region for herself during a visit to devastated tourism and hospitality businesses with LNP candidate for Whitsunday Amanda Camm.
“Interstate tourists spend $312m in the Whitsundays every year and every dollar helps to pay someone’s wages,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The Whitsundays desperately needs those tourists back, but Annastacia Palaszczuk’s mixed messages on the interstate border have needlessly destroyed future bookings.
“The curve has been flattened. It’s time for Labor to stop flattening the economy.”
Ms Camm said economic modelling released by the tourist industry last week revealed that the interstate border closure is destroying 173 jobs a day in Queensland.
“The Whitsundays is going through the biggest downturn we’ve ever seen and the Palaszczuk Labor Government is making it even worse,” Ms Camm said.
“It’s now five weeks since Annastacia Palaszczuk trashed her own roadmap by saying that the border could be closed until September.
“When the Premier trashed her roadmap, she trashed our local economy.
“Businesses need certainty and clarity to get back on their feet and that’s why the LNP is demanding that the borders are opened on July 1.”
Ms Frecklington said a future LNP Government would back small business and create jobs.
“There will be no new taxes under an LNP Government and we will give more state government contracts to Queensland-owned businesses,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The LNP’s plan will create a stronger economy and get Queensland working again.”