State budget update: The LNP's response
Last week the Queensland state government released the state budget. You can read the update we sent to our public servant members about the budget here.
On Thursday it was Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington's turn to deliver a ‘budget reply’ and alternative vision. In her speech she outlined that without introducing any new taxes, or any forced redundancies, she will pay down more debt, spend more on infrastructure, and support an Olympic Games bid for Queensland. Ms Frecklington calls this a "new fiscal principle".
Unfortunately, Queenslanders know that this is not a new principle, but an old one: hiding the truth about a big cut.
We have crunched the numbers on the budget reply and come up with an important number not mentioned on Thursday: $11.5 billion.
That's the size of the cut that would need to be made to existing expenditure to pay for most of the promises and to not raise taxes. That is nearly double what Tim Nicholls and Campbell Newman were trying to save. That is more job cuts than we experienced in the sector in 2012. That's a terrible number.
How can the LNP spend more money than the current government – on debt reduction, on an Olympics bid, on new dams, on every other election promise Ms Frecklington makes between now and the next election – without cutting jobs and cutting wages? They can't.
Queensland's essential public services should not be the plaything for politicians' big-spending promises.
We expect politicians to be open and forthcoming about any plans they have to reallocate public spending because these decisions are about lives, jobs and the well-being of our community.
Together members will be leading the campaign to have all politicians from all parties tell the truth about their plans for the public sector in Queensland. Together members are public servants and proud of it.
Union fees for the next financial year
Union subscriptions for the next financial year are now available. Tax time is nearly here as well! Your union fees are 100% tax deductible. To get a statement that you can use to claim your tax deduction, you can use our union website. Log in to our site here and click on "Tax Statement" and select the dates you want your statement to cover.
Notice to Members
The Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union ("the ASU") has in relation to its branches held elections and those elections included elections for persons to take office in the Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union, Queensland Together Branch ("the Branch"). The offices of the Branch correspond with the offices of Together Queensland Industrial Union of Employees ("Together").
The Branch is the federal counterpart body of Together.
To avoid holding two elections for a corresponding office, Together will make an application for exemption from holding an election under Section 802 of the Industrial Relations Act Qld.
Together is making this application so that the member who fills an office in the Branch will fill the corresponding office in Together.
The members of Together will not be detrimentally affected as members have already voted, or been given the opportunity to vote, in the election held for the federal counterpart body of Together.
This notice will apply to any vacant offices in Together until the expiry of the terms of office in Together which commence in 2019, where the vacancy in an office of Together corresponds with a vacancy in an office in the Branch and the Branch holds an election for its vacancy.