Labor takes taxpayers for a ride with taxi compensation

Thursday, 11 August 2016

  • Palaszczuk Government set to slug taxpayers for $100 million unfunded taxi compensation bill
  • Questions still remain on ride-sharing plan after 12 months of Labor’s dithering and delays
  • Everybody pays for Palaszczuk Government’s fiscal mismanagement

The asleep at the wheel Palaszczuk Labor Government must tell Queenslanders how much its taxi industry compensation package will cost Queensland taxpayers, the LNP Opposition said today.

Shadow Transport Minister Andrew Powell said Labor’s unfunded compensation package now brought the transport department’s budget black hole to $430 million.

“At the end of the day, someone always pays under this Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Mr Powell said.

“Labor is taking Queenslanders for a ride – it can’t tell them where more than $330 million in fare and general departmental savings will come from and now it’s lumped an extra $100 million onto its transport black hole.

“Labor has spent nearly 12 months on a review into ride-sharing, finally we have a decision, but there’s no money in the budget to pay for it.

“Beleaguered Transport Ministers Jackie Trad and Stirling Hinchliffe have dithered and delayed, taxpayers want some certainty and it hasn’t been forthcoming from this government.

“In true form, this asleep at the wheel Labor government, led by Annastacia Palaszczuk, has only just released its plan after almost 12 months of reviewing.

“The LNP will properly and thoroughly review Labor’s policy, that’s what Queenslanders expect us to do.

“We don’t subscribe to Stirling Hinchliffe’s policy by press release mentality.”