Treasurer’s confidence claim farcical

The Palaszczuk-Gordon Government has been caught out claiming credit for business confidence figures despite not having an economic plan for Queensland.

Shadow Treasurer John-Paul Langbroek said today’s NAB Business Confidence survey for May reveals business confidence for Queensland is up by one point however business conditions have dropped.

“While we welcome signs business confidence has improved, the survey notes it is off the back of a small-business focused Federal Budget and interest rate cuts,” Mr Langbroek said.

“For the Treasurer to claim the slight confidence improvement is due to Labor’s positive economic agenda is farcical.

“This Government has no plans, no policies and instead of working to get more Queenslanders into a job, the Treasurer is playing the clown and making irresponsible comments.”

Mr Langbroek said on the same day the Premier convened the Business Advisory Council, the Treasurer failed to mention the worrying business conditions figures.

“The same survey shows business conditions in Queensland are the second worst in the country, behind South Australia,” he said.

“Queensland is well behind the national average.

“The ANZ Job Advertisement Series also showed Queensland job vacancies fell 0.1% in May.

“It is time the Treasurer and Premier stop looking for quick political wins and start putting a plan together to improve business confidence, create more jobs for Queenslanders and boost the economy.”

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