Qld Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk
Qld Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk Max Fleet

LNP's State Budget 'cruel': Labor

CALLOUS and mean - that is how the Labor Government has described the State Government during Labor's official response to the Queensland State Budget in Parliament.

In an almost-hour-long analysis of the LNP's first budget, Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk picked apart the financial blueprint with a focus on job cuts to frontline staff, cuts to vital services and taking credit for Labor initiatives.

While most MPs emptied the chamber before Ms Palaszczuk could deliver her speech, a few key members, including the Premier and the Treasurer, remained.

Ms Palaszczuk highlighted the infrastructure projects - such as the hospitals on the Sunshine Coast and in Rockhampton - started by Labor but which the LNP took credit for.

"We can only conclude that if the LNP had been in office, Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and Mount Isa would not have had their hospital projects," she said.

"We invested in infrastructure because we know it means more than better services and facilities, it means jobs for Queenslanders.

"But since March we have seen the Premier and ministers falling over themselves to cut the ribbons on these projects or to gain media coverage by inspecting them and saying how great they are.

"The LNP think it's OK to cut the ribbon and take credit for infrastructure while criticising the way it is funded."

Ms Palaszczuk outlined some of Labor's commitments for Queensland, including committing $26 million for a National Disability Insurance Scheme trial site and reviewing the Skilling Queenslanders for Work and the apprentice and trainee payroll tax rebate.

But Ms Palaszczuk's focus on the budget failings over Labor's vision for Queensland earned her criticism from the Government.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said Ms Palaszczuk failed to outline Labour's for Queensland's future or how she would fund the $1 billion in election commitments Labor made.

"Ms Palaszczuk has consistently refused to outline her economic plan or whether her party had any plan at all for paying off her former Government's debt," Mr Nicholls said.



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