The red carpet is being rolled out for union bosses while Queensland businesses are being snubbed despite the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government promising an open door policy.
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said it is telling that Labor can find the time to meet with union bosses in its first few months of government, however only today managed to host its first Business Advisory Council.
“The Premier and her Ministers have met with union bosses 71 times during its 100 days in government while business has taken a back seat,” Mr Springborg said.
“Despite a plethora of negative business confidence reports, the Premier has put her head in the sand and pushed the needs of union bosses to the front of the line.
“The government claims to be pro-jobs, accessible, open and accountable however the actions of the Premier and her Ministers tell a different story.
“It seems Premier Palaszczuk’s door is always open but only if you hold a hold a union membership card.
“This sends a very poor message to Queensland business particularly when confidence is at its lowest level in six years and conditions are the worst in a decade.
“Instead of balancing the budget, boosting the economy and creating job opportunities, Treasurer Curtis Pitt showed his priority is paying back his union mates after hosting 20 out of the 71 meetings.”
Mr Springborg said on the same day the Premier convened the Business Advisory Council, another confidence survey revealed business conditions are getting worse.
“The NAB Business Confidence survey for May was released today and shows Queensland’s business conditions dropping which is in stark contrast to what is happening across the country,” he said.
“After 100 days of making it up as they go, Labor seem intent on ignoring the concerns raised by business and carrying on without a plan on how to stabilise the economy and secure more jobs for Queensland.”
Mr Springborg said it was also disappointing the Premier failed to include any key representative from the Agriculture industry in her Advisory Council.
“At a time when drought is gripping the State, the Agriculture industry, which is a key economic contributor in Queensland, should have been included as a voice on the Council,” he said.