A future LNP Government will have its sights firmly set on creating more jobs and investing in crucial infrastructure projects for North Queensland by establishing an Economic Recovery Agency, as part of a comprehensive plan to drag Queensland out of recession.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the agency or ‘Department of Grunt’ will fire up the Queensland economy with a 100 day action plan to co-ordinate several projects like The New Bradfield Scheme, the Townsville-based Queensland Dam Company, upgrades to Burdekin Falls Dam, delivering four new ICE rehabilitation centres across Queensland and implementing Queensland Investment Partnerships to secure $1 billion of private sector investment.
“The coronavirus pandemic and the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s anti-regions agenda has been disastrous for the Queensland economy,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Queenslanders want a clear plan to stimulate the economy and provide a decade of secure jobs, and only the LNP can deliver it.
“An additional Coordinator-General will head up the new agency, similar to when there is a natural disaster and its sole focus will be to create new jobs and boost the economy.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk still has no budget and no economic plan eight months into the pandemic.
“Labor can’t rule out new or increased taxes at a time when a record 234,000 Queenslanders are unemployed.
“If I’m elected Premier next month, there won’t be any new taxes under a government I lead.”
LNP Candidate for Mundingburra Glenn Doyle said Queensland had the highest unemployment rate, largest government debt, lowest business confidence, and highest bankruptcies in the nation before coronavirus because Labor had no economic plan.
LNP Candidate for Townsville John Hathaway said the LNP is the only party that has a plan to create a stronger economy and more secure jobs.
LNP Candidate for Hinchinbrook Scott Piper said the LNP will deliver a budget in the first 100 days of Government to implement our economic plan and fiscal principles.
LNP Candidate for Thuringowa Natalie Marr said Labor’s increased taxes will cost more jobs, close more businesses and stop economic growth and that’s why the LNP’s Department of Grunt is critical.
“While Labor likes to take your money, the LNP will introduce energy retail competition which will save regional Queenslanders $300 a year on their power bills to help families and small businesses, while SunWater irrigators will have a 20% discount on water prices to support farmers grow more local food and fibre and supercharge regional economies,” Ms Marr said.