ALP says budget spending is 'old news'
IF THERE really is new money for the Sunshine Coast in the State Budget, the Opposition says it is yet to find it.
Labor's Treasury spokesman Curtis Pitt said experience had shown the document needed to be examined line by line because the devil was in the detail.
He said the predominant new funding was for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, which was simply a continuation of Labor's commitment to the project.
"It was Labor that recognised the need and the value of stimulating the economy particularly in terms of employment,'' Mr Pitt said.
"The LNP decry our method of funding but are happy to continue and will line up for the photos and the ribbon cutting.
"It's hypocritical to say we increased debt without anything to show for it.
"What are the Coast's LNP members doing to fight for everyday Queenslanders?"
Mr Pitt said Treasurer Tim Nicholls' suggestion that there were no new taxes and no increase in existing taxes was simply wrong.
He put the taxation increase from the 2014-15 budget at $73 a person and $330 a person since the LNP took office in 2012.
"A family of four is now $1323 a year worse off under the LNP than they were under Labor,'' Mr Pitt said.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk will deliver her budget reply today.
Mr Pitt was on the attack yesterday.
He said Campbell Newman had promised to deliver 4% unemployment for Queensland when the budget made clear it would still be at 5.25%.
"Their focus is not on people and jobs but on the big end of town,'' Mr Pitt said.
"Before the election Mr Newman said his plan to reduce debt did not include asset sales. He said he would not ask the question regarding electricity assets because that was off the table. Now the sale of those assets is very much on the table.''
Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson put the government's capital spend on the Coast at $1.5 billion.
$369.8 million: new hospital
More than $100 million: Bruce Hwy upgrades between Caboolture and the Sunshine Mwy
$24.5 million: starting Stage 1 of a two-stage $1.134 billion, upgrade of the Bruce Hwy between Caloundra Rd and the Sunshine Mwy, jointly funded
More than $2million: relocate Coolum Police Station to a future "one-stop shop" for all emergency services at South Coolum Rd.