Jobs and the economy are at the heart of the LNP’s Real Economic Plan for Queensland released today.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg launched the plan during an address to the Queensland Media Club reinforcing the LNP as the stable and experienced alternative to this bungling Labor Government.
“The LNP has a real plan for a sustainable and growing economy that creates jobs and supports a diverse range of industries in Queensland,” Mr Springborg said.
“If we are going to be able to withstand global forces and have a secure financial future then we need a resilient Queensland economy, and the LNP is best placed to deliver it.
“The LNP’s economic plan is focused on five core priority areas – Agriculture, Tourism, Resources, Construction and Manufacturing, and Services and Knowledge Based Industries.
“By focusing on these priority areas we can still deliver the jobs Queenslanders need but also capitalise on the shift of many world economies towards services and knowledge based industries.”
Mr Springborg said under an LNP Government business confidence would be restored, repairing the damage done by the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government since it took office.
“Our ongoing commitments to reduce red tape and to keep increasing the threshold for payroll tax mean businesses can get on with growing and employing more Queenslanders,” he said.
“We would work with the private sector to build the infrastructure our growing state needs instead of Labor’s approach of freezing job-creating projects for 12 months, creating uncertainty for industry.
“Our commitment to regional Queensland is stronger than ever and under an LNP Government we would maintain and enhance our ‘Royalties for the Regions’ program.
“The Galilee Basin needs to be properly co-ordinated and planned to secure jobs and achieve the best long term economic benefits, which is why we are establishing the Galilee Basin Development Commission.”
Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said the LNP will keep the cost of living down for all Queenslanders.
“Under the LNP, all Cabinet decisions would include a Cost of Living impact statement so the full impacts on households could be taken into account,” Mr Langbroek said.
“While Labor has hiked up fees like the 3.5 per cent increase in registration for the family car, we’re determined to do everything we can to keep those costs down.”
Mr Springborg said Labor has no plan for our economy, no plan for jobs, no plan to grow business confidence and no plan to avoid more debt, higher interest payments and more deficits.
“After five months in office Labor is consumed by internal party issues and governs by putting the interests of its union bosses before the interests of Queenslanders,” he said.
“Only the LNP has the experienced team and a real plan for the Queensland economy.”