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Scott speaks in parliament about vehicle registration increases

The Treasurer has been caught out again on rego increases. Once again he has been caught out claiming registration is only going up by the inflation rate. If only that were the case. We know that will not be case because he has always used motorists as cash cows. Labor has always used motorists as cash cows.

 Hansard Tuesday 10 November 2015

Mr EMERSON (Indooroopilly—LNP) (6.57 pm): The Treasurer has been caught out again on rego increases. Once again he has been caught out claiming registration is only going up by the inflation rate. If only that were the case. We know that will not be case because he has always used motorists as cash cows. Labor has always used motorists as cash cows.

Let us look at the facts. Queensland’s latest inflation rate, confirmed just two weeks ago, is 1.5 per cent. That has been the inflation rate ever since the Palaszczuk government came to power. The inflation rate, the CPI, is 1.5 per cent. What is registration going up under Labor? The Treasurer says rego is only going up by CPI—3.5 per cent. That is almost 2½ times the inflation rate.

What did the Treasurer tell the Courier-Mail just two weeks ago? That car drivers are only being slugged nearly CPI increases. He made the claim as he was announcing new tolls on the Gateway and Logan motorways. It is a return to the bad old days of Labor. When they were in office last time rego went up by 30 per cent in just four years. It made Queensland, according to the RACQ, the most expensive state in which to own and run a motor vehicle.

Given those massive hikes in rego under Labor, the LNP froze family car rego during its term in office. We needed to give motorists some relief after the devastating hikes under Labor. We promised ahead of the 2012 election to freeze car rego for our first term in office and we kept that promise. One of Labor’s first moves when it came to power again was to increase rego by 3½ per cent. We tried to stop it by moving a disallowance motion.

The LNP moved to stop Labor’s 3.5 per cent slug on Queensland motorists. But the disallowance motion was defeated when every Labor MP, the member for Cook, Billy Gordon, and the member for Nicklin voted to keep the 3.5 per cent increase. Labor has always used motorists as cash cows. Nothing has changed.

The LNP has pledged that in its first term in office family car rego will increase no more than inflation. We understand the cost pressures on Queenslanders including the impact of massive rego hikes in urban areas like my seat of Indooroopilly but especially on regional Queenslanders who may not have easy access to public transport. In stark contrast with the Palaszczuk government’s rego hike of 3.5 per cent—2½ times the inflation rate—Labor’s bad old days are back in Queensland.