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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Turnbull Budget short-changes Queensland

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Tuesday, May 08, 2018

    Turnbull Budget short-changes Queensland

    Queensland has been left with the crumbs in tonight’s Federal Budget, with re-announcements and hollow promises taking centre stage. 

    Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said that the Budget showed a lack of awareness about Queensland.

    “The Turnbull Government again showed that they have no idea about Queensland,” Ms Trad said.

    “All we were asking for was a fair go. It’s what Queenslanders deserve from their Government.

    “But unfortunately this Budget saw more of the same from the Malcolm Turnbull and the LNP, with big promises for New South Wales and Victoria and Queensland left with the crumbs.

    “While working people got crumbs, big business got an $80 billion handout.

    “That’s $80 billion that should be going to schools, hospitals and transport in Queensland, not into the pockets of banks and developers.

    “There wasn’t a cent for critical programs like the National Partnership on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH), which will disproportionately impact some of Queensland’s most disadvantaged communities.

    “There was zero funding for projects like Cross River Rail, which will get people home faster and deliver thousands of jobs in one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

    “There was nothing for the Rockhampton Levee and the Townsville Port, important infrastructure measures that we’ve already committed money to.

    “The big ticket promises the Turnbull Government are making are on the never never, the majority of the money won’t even be allocated for up to four years meaning Queenslanders will be waiting years for the Commonwealth to deliver on their promises. 

    “The major road projects promised on the M1 and the Bruce Highway won’t receive major funding allocations for at least four years. 

    “The hyped $1bn urban infrastructure fund is a dud for Queensland – $0 this year and only $40m over the next four years.

    “What’s clear from this Budget is that Malcolm Turnbull only has a plan for his re-election, not a plan for the nation.”

    ENDS

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