Ray Stevens MP – VLCL September Newsletter 2019
Greetings all as we head into spring and welcome the higher temperatures along with the many visitors due over the school holiday period at the end of September / early October.
Qld State Budget
The Queensland State Budget was handed down on Tuesday 11 June 2019 and the outcome has been a Palaszczuk Labor Government legacy of higher taxes, more debt, less jobs and less infrastructure. The Palaszczuk Labor Government is quite simply unable to manage the economy and their latest budget clearly demonstrated their ineptitude. The 2019 budget failed the people of Queensland. With unemployment on the rise and nine new taxes being introduced Queensland is on its way to a debt bomb. The Palaszczuk Labor government is raking in another $3,500 million in extra taxes from the pockets of Queenslanders through nine new taxes they promised they would not introduce.
The Budget failed to offer much to the people of the Gold Coast. The biggest disappointment is their neglect to have the M1 fixed. Our City is growing rapidly and the Labor Government are refusing to build the infrastructure needed to cope with the increasing population. If you would like to join the fight for a Second M1 to ensure locals can spend less time in traffic and more time with their families, head to my Facebook to sign the petition.
The LNP team of which I am a member, led by Deb Frecklington have formulated a number of policies to address the above issues. The LNP plans to create jobs and opportunities in every corner of this state. A plan to build the infrastructure we need. A plan to deliver the jobs our regions are crying out for. Only the LNP will deliver.
You can read our economic plan for Queensland: www.deb2020.com.au/our-plan/
Qld Estimates July Hearings
The Estimates process is the questioning of the Governments 2019-20 State budget of $58 billion and this year it revealed some serious integrity issues brought about by the Palaszczuk Government displaying arrogance and hubris in its financial management of the State. First and foremost, the Premier’s own Chief of Staff, a bureaucrat earning around $500,000 per year, was given a Qld taxpayer funded grant of $267,000 to assist him float his company app tracking cruise ships. The Premier was forced to defend this brazen abuse of his position as the boss’s right hand man and the question has to be asked would he have received this money if he wasn’t the Premier’s Chief of Staff? I know of plenty of businesses out there that could do with a quarter of a million dollar grant to help their business get off the ground.
The second highly suspicious activity uncovered at the Estimates process was the Deputy Premier and Treasurer, Jackie Trad’s use of confidential information and process involvement about the Cross River Rail project. There is a Crime and Misconduct investigation into this activity and we await the outcome with bated breath.
Should you have any State issues you would like to discuss please feel free to contact my office on: Tel: 5600 0100 / Email: Mermaid.Beach@parliament.qld.gov.au
You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RayStevensMP.
Ray Stevens MP
State Member for Mermaid Beach