Today it seems is Queensland budget day. This is the headline from the Australian:
For once and for all can we please get this clear. It was not Covid that led to a $12.3 billion collapse in the the Queensland Government’s revenues. It was the Queensland Government that led to a $12.3 billion collapse in the the Queensland Government’s revenues.
No doubt there was a Covid related hit but nothing of the order of $12.3 billion.
And this for the height of chutzpah:
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also warned the escalating trade tensions with China could force coal mines in the state to close, threatening the forecast rebound in employment and economic growth.
How about the trade tensions Premier Palaszczuk initiated with the rest of Australia which forced lots of tourism and services businesses to close.
Said Palaszczuk about the impact on the Queensland resources sector (for sure she is concerned):
“We have been advised that companies are fearful of what could happen in the future if those trade issues are not sorted out.”
Did she have any concerns about the tourism and services companies that were destroy by her border closures?
And the cherry on top. Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick said:
“We will do what Labor governments always do, we will always invest in the frontline and we will always back our frontline workers”.
Yeah. What Labor and increasingly Liberal Governments do, leave a giant mess for the suckers who follow to try to clean up and for the children to pay for. And also to classify spending as investment. After all:
Since the Palaszczuk Government came to power in 2015, following the Newman Government’s axing of 14,000 public service jobs, the number of full-time public service roles has increased by 33,133, a rise of 16.6 per cent.
The federation is broken. Let’s end the charade. Let the states go their own economic way and leave the Feds to the basics paid for on a per capita basis.