Ted’s Adjournment Yesterday / Hinkler’s Regional Deal.
Hansard 29 March, 2019 – Hinkler Regional Deal
I rise tonight to mention the hard work of Keith Pitt, the federal member for Hinkler, and his invitation for all levels of government to participate in the Hinkler regional deal. This deal will mean jobs and infrastructure for our region. Similar federal government deals have pumped more than $200 million into regions like Townsville and Launceston.
It would be a real winner for Hinkler to get such a deal. It would mean more jobs, more infrastructure and more money spent in our region. That is what we really need. They are looking at about $150 million. That is not to be sneezed at.
I could not believe it when I saw the front page of today’s paper. Is says, ‘Dud deal shunned: Blame game erupts as state govt refuses to sign bold Hinkler plan’. When one reads that it just goes to show that the Labor government is not real about unemployment.
When we look at the Wide Bay area, Hinkler has one of the highest rates of youth unemployment in the state at over 20 per cent. The government really does not care about youth unemployment.
To have this plan smacked down by the Deputy Premier and Treasurer and to slap this sort of money away from an area like Hinkler is absolutely flawed. It is terrible to see that sort of thing happen. I feel sorry for Bruce Saunders because he got slapped down and told, ‘Behave yourself. Do what you get told to do.’ To do away with that sort of money from the federal government is ridiculous.
For the benefit of the House, I will point out the townships in the Maryborough electorate that are in the federal seat of Hinkler. They include Howard, Burrum Heads, Toogoom, Torbanlea, Nickenbah and Craignish.
Mr Saunders: Gunning for Maryborough.
Mr SORENSEN: How can you say that? I really cannot believe—
Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER (Ms McMillan): Member, direct your comments through the chair.
Mr SORENSEN: This is all in Maryborough. How can you say that your electorate is not going to get anything? You would have a lot of this because half of your electorate is in Hinkler. It is unbelievable that the Labor government has shunned an area which has high unemployment.