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    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Saunders to Nicholls: Time to front up on Buy Queensland

    Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Mick de Brenni

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017

    Saunders to Nicholls: Time to front up on Buy Queensland

    Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders has called on Tim Nicholls to front up to the people of Maryborough and explain why he won’t support the Palaszczuk Government’s Buy Queensland policy.

    The challenge came as Maryborough businesses met to find out how they can get involved in new opportunities through the Buy Queensland Road Show.

    “This Buy Queensland policy is just the best thing for regional towns like Maryborough,” Mr Saunders said.

    “Last week in Parliament, as the LNP voted against Buy Queensland, I challenged Tim Nicholls to come to Maryborough and explain to the community why he doesn’t support this common sense policy.

    “It’s time for him to front up and explain himself to the people of our region.

    “Every dollar of government investment that we can keep here in Maryborough is another dollar that will circulate around town.

    “Only the Palaszczuk Labor Government is about backing local jobs, and this Buy Queensland policy does just that.”

    Mr Saunders said the Buy Queensland Roadshow came off the back of the Premier’s announcement of a $70 million pipeline of projects for Downer EDI.

    “This just shows the difference between Labor and the LNP,” Mr Saunders said.

    “They cut, sack and sell, and build trains in India.

    “Labor is building, we are restoring services and we making sure that our trains are made right here in Maryborough.

    “We are putting people first.”

    Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said the Buy Queensland Roadshow was about giving businesses all the information they need to win work locally.

    “There has been a tremendous amount of interest in these sessions,” Mr de Brenni said.

    “Local businesses are very keen to find out how they can get involved in delivering the $14 billion investment that the government makes in goods and services each year.

    “Our Buy Queensland policy is about making sure that when taxpayer money is invested in a project, local communities get the most benefit as possible.

    “I can’t for the life of me understand why LNP won’t back Buy Queensland, but then again Tim Nicholls has never seen a job he didn’t want to cut or outsource.

    “Labor will continue to back jobs in Maryborough, and we aren’t going to apologise for it.”

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