Labor Fail Now Extends to Budget Fail
MEDIA RELEASE: 14 June 2017
Mark Robinson MP
LNP Member for Cleveland
Member for Cleveland, Mark Robinson said the people of Cleveland electorate and the greater Redlands had every reason to be disappointed and disillusioned following the handing down of Labor’s 2017-18 State Budget yesterday.
“Once again we have a do nothing government for our part of the State,” Dr Robinson said.
“The infrastructure freeze continues and, not surprisingly, the Budget now confirms the worst fears of workers, businesses, community groups and residents on North Stradbroke Island. Straddie locals, including the Quandamooka people, continue to be shamefully deserted by Labor. The Premier and her team have failed to plug the gap created by their unacceptable rush to close the mine and sack the workers. This government has destroyed jobs on Straddie.
“Workers and locals would be forgiven for thinking that the budget jobs plan won’t work – it won’t reduce unemployment, particularly in the youth sector.”
Dr Robinson said if Labor really cared about Straddie, there would have been a major injection of additional funding for the transition from sand mining, and the Dunwich Harbour redevelopment would have been the first major project announced so that it could provide the much-needed gateway to the island’s tourism future.
“The Mayor, Council, businesses, community groups and many aboriginal traditional owners have said $20 million falls dramatically short, however Annastacia Palaszczuk and Curtis Pitt have not listened.”
“Cleveland is missing out on its fair share. There is no doubt Labor is turning a blind eye to the heavy and dangerous congestion being experienced on our major roads, and the fact that our local Redland Hospital is catering for a growing population and is long overdue for an intensive care unit and additional bed numbers.
“Further, despite the government’s claims, the Cleveland line ‘Rail-fail’ will not be fixed anytime soon by Cross-River Rail. The business case is flawed. With underfunding for the project nothing substantial will happen in the next year or so. Long suffering commuters also want cut services reinstated to ease the current peak-hour crush.”
Dr Robinson said this year’s State Budget is high taxing with the announcement of cost of living price hikes for essential services such as power and water. Registration fees will also increase.
“These increases will have a direct impact on every local family,” he said.
The State debt will blow out to $80 billion for the first time in history despite the $10 billion in raids and rip-offs that were a hallmark of last year’s budget.
“Cleveland residents deserve better. I will continue to call on the Premier and her government to deliver essential funding where and when it is required.”
Media contact: Cleveland Electorate Office, PH. 3446 9100