The Queensland Premier is under fire this morning, after she backed calls for more federal support for the tourism sector.
It comes as the Sunshine State prepares to reopen their border to Greater Sydney, despite the federal government not considering it a hotspot.
It’s understood the tourism industry has been seriously suffering, having missed out on New South Wales tourists over the Christmas period.
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While a return of them will see a $1 million per day injection, it’s no where near the $10 million a day they contributed back in 2019.
It’s prompted the Queensland Premier to call on the federal government for more support, rather than committing more funds from the state government.
But new figures now suggest that the federal government has done the bulk of the heavy lifting when it comes to supporting the Queensland economy.
New data published by Newscorp shows Queensland spent the least on coronavirus stimulus than anywhere else in the country, at 2 percent of Gross State Product.
While Canberra has injected nearly $28 billion in direct economic support to homes and businesses in Queensland, which is more than 3 times the $8.8 billion spent by the state government.
Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told Sunrise this morning that the Premier’s request for more support seems a bit rich.
“The Morrison Government has delivered unprecedented amount of economic support to Queensland, as we have delivered three times the amount of support to Queenslanders that the
Queensland government has committed to.
“$27.9 billion of support. Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government has committed $8.8 billion of support.
“We saw one 1.5 million Queenslanders receive the two payments. We have seen over 100,000 businesses in Queensland receive the cash flow boost, and of course we have seen other significant payments and support from the Morrison Government go to backing Queensland.
“We have and will continue to support Queenslanders, but the Federal Government has done the bulk of the heavy lifting,” Mr Frydenberg said.