David Crisafulli says LNP will honour Labor’s budget commitments if it wins government in Queensland

David Crisafulli says LNP will honour Labor’s budget commitments if it wins government in Queensland
  • PublishedJune 5, 2024

Queensland’s LNP has been labelled “pathetic” amid an “unprecedented” position on the government’s upcoming state budget.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli today reaffirmed his party would support everything in Labor’s budget, due to be handed down next Tuesday.

Scott Prasser from the Centre for Independent Studies questioned why, in that case, anyone would vote for a change of government in October’s state election.

“They’re too afraid to say anything and that means they also have no mandate when they get into office to fix Queensland’s rising debt problem, which has doubled, or any other misallocations of funding that we’ve already had in Queensland,” he told ABC Radio Brisbane.

“So on budget day, they may as well just cross the floor and join the government.”

Mr Crisafulli said he was providing voters with stability.

“If projects are fully funded, if they’re in the budget, if they’re underway, good governance and good oppositions honour those commitments,” he argued.

“I think I’ve repeatedly said that I want Queenslanders to know that I believe in good governance.”

But Mr Prasser labelled the position “absolutely absurd”.

“We really now don’t have an opposition, whose role is to criticise and hold the government to account,” he said.

“They’re supposed to be a government in waiting with their own strategies and their own priorities.

“They’re saying that the last seven or eight years of Labor government priorities are correct, so therefore, why vote for the opposition?”

‘This is unprecedented’

Deputy Premier and Treasurer Cameron Dick told ABC Radio Brisbane that politics is meant to be a contest of ideas, accusing Mr Crisafulli of “cowardice and arrogance”.

Cameron Dick addressing the media
Cameron Dick said the LNP’s stance doesn’t add up.(ABC News: Lucas Hill)

“This is unprecedented — for three-and-a-half years, the LNP have been whingeing and whining about most of the things our government have done,” Mr Dick said.

“I’ve called on them to release policies — I’d assumed at some point when we got close to the election they would actually do that.”

In May, Mr Dick announced Queensland was forecast to see a $3 billion deficit for the next financial year — a stark difference from the $122 million surplus previously floated.

Speaking in Townsville on Wednesday, Mr Crisafulli shrugged off the deputy premier’s comments, saying he was focused on reducing that debt.

“I want to have the best homegrown public service, who are going to be part of making sure that Queensland taxpayers get those projects delivered on time and on budget,” he said. 

“By doing that, we can ensure that that debt trajectory that we’re continuing to see because of those cost blowouts becomes a thing of the past.”

Mr Dick said final sign-off of the state budget for 2024-25, and the forward estimates for the following three financial years, has “not yet occurred right now”.

“David Crisafulli is more willing to accept this budget than I am,” he said.

SOURCE: ABCNEWS

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