We caught up with Southern Downs’ Member James Lister recently getting a flu shot.
(He urged everyone to get one)
And last week he made it fairly clear there was more joy in a needle than the State Budget. “The budget is a big disappointment for our electorate because we’re getting slugged with new and increased taxes, but getting nothing back,” he said.
“As I looked through the budget papers, I see huge amounts are being showered on Labor’s pet locations, but we have been left out in Southern Downs.
“I see that there’s $800,000 odd to fix the roof at the Stanthorpe Hospital, but that is maintenance – not new money.
“And the funds that they have factored for safety upgrades at Glen Niven Dam, are not new money either.
“The government has introduced five new taxes, plus four new fees and charges, so where are the funds for the road upgrades we need here?” he said.
“These new fees and taxes will take some $2.25 billion out of our economy which will hurt businesses and households in every corner of this state.
“The Labor government’s election pledge was for four new taxes to raise $491 million, but we now see that it is actually five taxes and four new fees to raise a whopping $2.25 billion, including a monstrous tax grab of $1.3 billion for their new waste tax.
“The government is slugging us – the productive people of Southern Downs – to prop up their huge spending elsewhere.
“People are already paying high electricity, rates, water, health insurance and car rego bills, and drought is hurting our farms and small businesses, and now we see these new money grabs,” Mr Lister said.
“And just look at the debt situation, which is mortgaging our kids’ and grandkids’ futures.
“Queensland’s debt will increase to a record $83 billion in the next four years as the government runs up more money on the taxpayer’s credit card.
“If Labor can’t run the government on what we earn today, how the hell will we repay their debt and pay the bills tomorrow? It’s not bad luck that has caused $83billion of debt. It is bad government,” Mr Lister said.