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Scott speaks in Parliament about State Finances

We have a Treasurer in denial. He says that black is white. He says that bad is good. He says that his economic strategy is working. He needs to go and speak to every Queenslander out there who knows they are suffering because of this Palaszczuk government and this do-nothing Treasurer. The best evidence of that suffering is the CCIQ’s Pulse survey that came out the other week. The Treasurer says that the results of that survey endorse his policy and are good news. What did that survey show? It showed that every region in Queensland is suffering. Business confidence is in the negative in every region. Particularly North Queensland is suffering. On the logic of this Treasurer, it is all good.

Hansard Tuesday 10 May 2016

Mr EMERSON (Indooroopilly—LNP) (10.14 am): We have a Treasurer in denial. He says that black is white. He says that bad is good. He says that his economic strategy is working. He needs to go and speak to every Queenslander out there who knows they are suffering because of this Palaszczuk government and this do-nothing Treasurer. The best evidence of that suffering is the CCIQ’s Pulse survey that came out the other week. The Treasurer says that the results of that survey endorse his policy and are good news. What did that survey show? It showed that every region in Queensland is suffering. Business confidence is in the negative in every region. Particularly North Queensland is suffering. On the logic of this Treasurer, it is all good.

 

The Treasurer then says that the survey has endorsed his strategy. What did the survey say? It said that the actions of the Palaszczuk government—this strategy by the Treasurer—is one of the top two factors causing that deterioration. Business confidence has fallen since the Palaszczuk government came to power. Let us keep that logic of the Treasurer going. What did the CommSec State of the States report show? It showed that in terms of economic growth we are second last of the states. This Treasurer would argue that that is pretty good, that we are not as bad as Tasmania so his strategy is pretty good.

 

How is Queensland performing In terms of construction work, an area in which Queensland has historically had great results? We are dead last under this Treasurer’s ‘great strategy’. Of course, the Treasurer would welcome that and say that it could be worse. It is not just about construction work. While New South Wales and Victoria are powering ahead, under this do-nothing government and this strategy by the Treasurer Queenslanders are suffering. Unemployment is above the national average. He would say, ‘It could be worse.’ Well, it is worse in outback Queensland, where unemployment is almost 10 per cent and youth unemployment is more than 30 per cent. It is worse in Cairns, where youth unemployment is more than 20 per cent.

 

This Treasurer says that his strategy is working but all of Queensland is suffering. Across-the-board, no matter where you go, you hear people in cafes, in the streets and at sporting games say that this government is failing Queensland. The reality is that we have a do-nothing government. We have a government that is asleep at the wheel. What we need is the LNP. The LNP will get this state moving.