Budget bad news hides privatisation

Posted June 4, 2013 by Together Queensland

Tim Nicholls and Campbell Newman’s budget is a bad news story that is hiding the government’s plans to privatise services, Together Secretary Alex Scott said today.

“Today’s budget papers clearly state that any contestability decisions haven't been included in the budget forward estimates, including this year’s budget estimates for 2013/14,” Mr Scott said.

“The government are minimising the effects of their plans to privatise services because they know they are bad news economically and unpopular with Queenslanders, who are angry about their broken promises.

“Overall, this budget shows the Newman government doesn’t know how to recover from the economic pain it is inflicting through its continuing job cuts program,” Mr Scott said.

“The public sector job cuts have been continuing, are continuing today, and will continue into the future – any declarations to the contrary from the Treasurer or Premier are not worth the paper they are written on.

“After raising unemployment and hurting Queensland’s economy with their mass sackings, the Premier and Treasurer have shown they have no answer other than asking Queenslanders to pay more in return for less,” Mr Scott said.

“Costs of living are increasing while service delivery suffers. Privatisation will only make the situation worse.

“This government is ideologically committed to cutting service delivery costs and evading responsibility by handing our hospital services over to private companies to run for a profit. Services and our community will suffer and this budget gives them nothing in return,” Mr Scott said.

“At the end of the day, after all the pain and destruction Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls’ cuts have inflicted on Queensland, this budget has left them with nothing to show for it.”


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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