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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queenslanders the biggest loser under GST change - LNP-One Nation deal would cost more

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Queenslanders the biggest loser under GST change - LNP-One Nation deal would cost more

    Queensland would lose almost $1.6 billion – or $321 for every man, woman and child – a draft from the Turnbull Government’s Productivity Commission if the allocation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to States and Territories was changed.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the same Productivity Commission report had estimated Queensland would lose another $800 million - $2.4 billion or the equivalent of $485 for every Queenslander – under the GST allocation model favoured by One Nation was introduced.

    “Queensland will be worst affected State. Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and the so-called Team Queensland of Federal LNP MPs must rule it out today,” the Premier said.

    “To put that into perspective, $1.588 billion is the cost of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing.

    “If the One Nation proposal for a per capita allocation of GST was approved, the Productivity Commission estimates the cost would be $2.399 billion or $485 for every Queenslander this financial year.”

    To put that into perspective, that is cost of Toowoomba Second Range Crossing plus:

    -- NQ Stadium in the Townsville region - $250 million

    -- Smithfield bypass in the Cairns region - $180 million

    -- Walkerston bypass in the Mackay region - $150 million

    -- Roma hospital development in south western Queensland - $90 million

    -- Kingaroy hospital redevelopment in the South Burnett - $62 million

    -- South Rockhampton Flood Levee - $60 million

    -- Tinana Interchange upgrade in the Wide Bay region - $38 million.

    “My Government will put Queenslanders first," the Premier said.

    "In stark contrast, the LNP will defend their mates in Canberra and do a deal with One Nation – the losers will be the people of Queensland.”

    “In terms of the GST, the people of Queensland will pay up to $485 for the LNP deal with One Nation.”

    “Tim Nicholls is so lazy he did not put in a submission to the Productivity Commission. One Nation did. They advocated that ‘every State should receive an equal per capita share of the GST revenue’.”

    Prior to the WA State election, the One Nation leader and Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson was asked on radio:

    “"Will you, Senator Hanson, help us in Western Australia in this fight, and would you be willing to see the GST share of your home state Queensland reduced so that WA can get a better deal?"

     Her answer was and I quote:

    "Of course I will — no problem."

    Attached tables showing the impact on Queensland from the Productivity Commission report released yesterday.

    Link to the radio interview of Queensland Senator Pauline Hanson agreeing to a reduced share of GST revenue for Queensland to provide more for Western Australia http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-09/pauline-hanson-contradicts-gst-share-stance-wa-qld/8338798

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791