Gold Coasters warned State Budget could be underwhelming

GOLD Coast MP’S have been warned not to expect any big ticket items when the State Budget is handed down on Tuesday.

The LNP’S promised no new taxes or service cuts but the Treasurer said the Commonwealth cancelled 50-million in funding for concessions and that cannot be absorbed.

Tim Nicholls said Queenslanders could expect “a strong plan that will deliver, not only on our commitments made, but also the vital infrastructure that we will need for the future”.


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He also confirmed there would be no asset sale or lease without first seeking a mandate from the voting public..

Mr Nicholls added “the reality is there are no easy choices and the choice the Government makes, will be unpopular in some quarters”.

Wealthy Gold Coaster and founder of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, issued this threat to the Premier “I want to say to all of Australia that if any assets are sold between now and the next election and we are forming part of the Queensland Government, we will immediately resume them without compensation, so it’s a matter of buyer beware”.

He added the Strong Choices campaign launched by the LNP showed a majority of voters did not want an asset sale.

Mr Palmer said he would not stand by and watch assets like hospitals and schools sold off the highest bidder just so some lobbyist that supports Campbell Newman’s party can make a donation to his party and he can get re elected.

Member for Mudgeeraba Ros Bates was asked about Mayor Tom Tate’s request for a new High School in her electorate ahead of today’s release of the State Budget.  She replied that that was an old list from Tom.

In 2009, in the lead-up to the election, Ms Bates said the LNP announced a State High School for Mudgeeraba but that was because Robina State High was at capacity.

Ms Bates said since then there has been a review into Robina SHS and it is about 300 off capacity at the moment.

She said she would continue to lobby the Government for more roads funding.

The Budget will be delivered at 2.30pm.