Anyone who owns a registered car in Queensland could soon be given a $300 rebate just in time for Christmas, if the LNP wins this month’s election.
The State Opposition today unveiled their Rego Rebate plan, which is expected to deliver a $1.15 billion boost for struggling shops, cafes and other small businesses following the pandemic.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said the Rego Rebate will be put straight into the bank accounts of Queensland drivers.
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“This is a stimulus payment to give Queensland’s economy a Christmas kickstart,” she said.
“Queensland has had the worst unemployment in the nation for the last four years and our small businesses are on their knees, so we’re taking direct action to stimulate the economy and create new jobs.”
Ms Frecklington said she hopes families will be able to “go out and spend the $300”.
“Please spend it on your family, spend it with local businesses, spend it to make your Christmas better. Your spending will save Queensland jobs,” she said.
The rebate will be payable on every car registered before 1 November, so two-car households will get $600.
However, trucks, car dealerships and car rental firms will not qualify for the rebate.
It’s understood the payment will be made in December through the Federal Government’s Services Australia online portal, which is the same system used by the ACT and Victorian governments to distribute COVID stimulus payments.