Labor has forgotten Hervey Bay, again.

by Ted Sorensen
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Again, this budget has delivered nothing other than regurgitated announcements of old money and promises for Hervey Bay.

It does however, highlight Labor’s signature snail pace delivery of vital infrastructure projects in Hervey Bay.  Motorists here are still playing Russian roulette with arguably some of the most dangerous intersections in the State.

Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd, Scrub Hill Rd and Wide Bay Drive urgently needs an upgrade, it’s located near two major schools and it has been previously mentioned in every one of Labor budgets, but never delivered.

In further proof to the mayhem, the Labor Minister for Main Roads, Mr Mark Bailey said on the 20 April, 2016 after a question without notice from Mr Bruce Saunders’s the Member for Maryborough, that the Hervey Bay Maryborough road /Urraween intersection ‘was upgraded four weeks ago’.

Regional roads budget in the Wide Bay Burnett has been cut by more than $84 million in yesterday’s budget.  This is all to fund a rail line in Brisbane. What will this do for the people of Hervey Bay?  This isn’t good enough – only the LNP will build the roads, bridges and dams Queenslanders need.

A Tim Nicholls led Liberal-National government will build a better Queensland.  It’s hollow words when the Labor government talk about regional jobs.

Labor’s self-proclaimed “jobs” budget actually delivers 84,000 less jobs over the next three years than predicted.  They have stood ceremoniously, about how successful their back to work support program has been, and I have had to intervene multiple of times to make sure employers were getting the entitlements that they signed up for under the program.

Three indigenous workers were about to be put off work because of the programs failures, before my urgent representations.

The LNP’s plan will create jobs, support small business, invest in education to raise standards and we will provide better services for families and retirees.  With Hervey Bay barely rating a mention in the budget, this do nothing government will be held accountable for its failures.

This budget pork-barrels marginal inner city seats, while regional Queensland is forgotten.

Key Points
• Economic growth is lower under Labor than the LNP (2017 2.75% vs 3.5%)
• Unemployment to remain above 6%
• Less jobs forecast to be delivered, with employment growth being revised down
• Debt is increasing by $8.2 billion to over $81 billion – first time in QLD history it is over $80 billion
• Debt is $15,795 for every man, woman and child in 2020.  An increase of $1,142 over the next 4 years
• Employee expenses are $5.7 billion higher than last year’s budget
• Failed to deliver $1.7 billion of infrastructure Labor promised in 2016/17
• Have cut $546 million from the LNP’s infrastructure budget
• Profits from electricity generators have nearly doubled under Labor, nearly $700 million higher under Labor

Operating Balance
• Surplus of $2.8 billion in 2016/17
• Surplus of $146 million in 2017/18 very skinny surpluses over the forward estimates of less than $700 million in each year

Fiscal Balance
• Fiscal surplus in 2016/17 $868 million
• Fiscal deficit 2017/18 of $2.4 billion, deficits over the forwards all over $2.5 billion

Debt (NFPS)
• Debt increasing to $81.1 billion in 2020/21
• It was $72.9 billion in 2015/16
• Debt is $71.9 billion in 2017/18

Debt (GG)
• Increasing from $33.9 billion in 2016/17 to $41.2 billion in 2020/21
Growth Gross State Product (Real)
• Growth is down, and below the long run average
• QLD economy only grew by 2.75% not the 4% predicted by Labor
• Predicted growth in 2017/18 is 2.75% not 3.5% predicted in last year budget
• Flat at 3% over the forward estimates

Gross State Product (Nominal)
• 11.75% in 2016/17 not the 6% predicted (presume this export boom but will check by next update)
• Growth numbers have been revised down from previous budget across the forward estimates

Unemployment Rate
• Unemployment rate projections to remain at 6% across the forward estimates.  6.25% in 2017/18 not the 6% predicted
• Less jobs created than projected (actual growth in 2016/17 was 1.25% not the 1.75% predicted)
• Employment growth revised down across the forwards, only 1% this year compared to a predicted 1.75%

Wages
• Wage growth will be less than predicted across the forward estimates

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