Premier Newman’s first major infrastructure announcement based around building himself a new office in Brisbane’s CBD shows he has abandoned regional Queensland.
Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said Cairns and the Far North would benefit from an infrastructure revitalisation program ahead of the centre of Brisbane.
“The Premier has got his priorities back-to-front with this Brisbane CBD infrastructure program,” Mr Pitt said.
“Instead of investing millions of dollars on his own office the Premier should be focusing on the infrastructure needs of regional Queensland.
“If he wants to use this project as a stimulus to the building and construction industry, in many parts of the state there are critical housing shortages which should be addressed by the Newman Government.
“The people of regional Queensland would benefit from this money being invested in roads, hospitals and schools, ahead of plush new offices for the Premier and his mates.
“The Premier is upgrading his own office, but at the same time axing thousands of public sector jobs across Queensland.
“This is a yet another example of self-interest from Premier Newman, who has shown his true colours as a Brisbane centric leader.
“The people of regional Queensland should be outraged at the Premier of Brisbane’s small-minded city-slicker attitude,” he said.