Technically Not A Rise

Katter Party Fails To Stand Up To Labor’s Rego Price Hike

by Ted Sorensen
  • Katter Party MPs fail to vote on in Parliament to keep car rego increases to inflation rate
  • Labor will increase car registration by 3.5% – or double CPI
  • The LNP has committed to tie car rego increases to CPI for the term of next government.

    Katter Party MPs Rob Katter and Shane Knuth failed to turn up and vote in Parliament for a measure to tie family car registration increases to the inflation rate, allowing Labor to continue its unfair price hike of 3.5 per cent.Shadow Transport and Main Roads Minister Andrew Powell said the Katter Party MPs had a key vote in the Parliament and had let north Queensland families down as they struggle with the rising cost of living.“The LNP wanted the Parliament to direct the Labor government to keep their car rego increase to the inflation rate, rather than the planned 3.5 per cent increase,” Mr Powell said.“By refusing to support our motion, Rob Katter and Shane Knuth have let the Labor Party get away with unfairly slugging Queensland motorists.“As car registration costs increase, north Queensland families should be angry with the Katter Party for not joining the LNP in standing up to Labor’s rego price slug.

    “Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s only plan is to squeeze more money out of Queenslanders – Katter and Knuth have let her get away with it.”

    Mr Powell said only the LNP had the track record of keeping costs low for Queensland families.

    “Under the last four years of the Bligh Labor Government, car registration increased by 30 per cent – that’s why the LNP froze car rego for the term of our government,” he said.

    “We know running the family car is expensive and the LNP has committed to keep rego increases for the family vehicle to the inflation rate so Queenslanders get a fair go.

    “Queenslanders are sick and tired of Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor treating motorists as cash cows.”

    CAR REGO COSTS TABLE:

Car type  4-cylinder
Car registration costs while frozen under LNP (2014-15)  $280.05
Current car registration costs after first ALP 3.5% increase $289.9
Projected cost after 2 years of 3.5% increases under ALP $300.10

Car type  6-cylinder
Car registration costs while frozen under LNP (2014-15)  $443.45
Current car registration costs after first ALP 3.5% increase $458.95
Projected cost after 2 years of 3.5% increases under ALP $475.05

Car type  8-cylinder
Car registration costs while frozen under LNP (2014-15)  $620.95
Current car registration costs after first ALP 3.5% increase $642.70
Projected cost after 2 years of 3.5% increases under ALP $665.20

NOTE – These costs exclude CTP and Traffic Improvement Levy, which also add to car registration bill

Key facts:

·         The current inflation rate (consumer price index or CPI) for the March quarter is 1.7%.

·         LNP previously froze family car rego for 3 years after huge increases under the Bligh Labor Government.

·         The LNP Opposition has committed to keep rego increases to the CPI rate while the Palaszczuk Labor Government increased rego by 3.5% in 2015 and will again in 2016.

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