Shadow Treasurer Curtis Pitt called on the Premier to put an immediate end to his Government’s ridiculous, taxpayer-funded asset sales spin campaign, following revelations the Premier has previously likened a long-term lease to ‘selling off the silverware’.
“Just like his Treasurer, Campbell Newman knows his asset sales program is just that, a sale, where Queenslanders will lose all the control of and all the profits from our electricity and port assets,” Mr Pitt said.
“In 2011, Mr Newman said of the Abbot Point Coal Terminal long-term lease:
‘I think it’s a mistake, selling off the silverware’.
“The Premier’s own words reveal his embarrassing spin campaign is complete rubbish.
“If it’s a mistake to sell off the silverware, why is the Premier now embarking on the biggest asset sell-off in Queensland’s history?
“Queenslanders will see through this Premier’s arrogant attempts to pull the wool over their eyes.
“All the taxpayer-funded spin doctors in the world can’t hide this Premier’s arrogance in the eyes of Queenslanders.”
Mr Pitt said the Premier’s comments matched those made by the Treasurer and the Deputy Premier.
“Queenslanders have long since switched off to this Government, and that’s because they’re sick of lies and sick of the arrogance they get from them at every turn.”
Newman, 9 June 2011 on Abbott Point Coal Terminal
I think it’s a mistake, selling off the silverware.
Nicholls, 23 March 2010, on privatisation
As anyone would know if they had observed the privatisation of assets, a 99 – year lease is as good as giving away the farm, which is what is occurring here.
Seeney, 23 March 2010, re Forestry Plantations Queensland
The government has adopted a position that will guarantee that the people of Queensland will receive less for the asset that it seeks to sell in a dishonest, sneaky way… the government’s position has been adopted because of its underlying socialist philosophy. The government has adopted a position that will guarantee that the people of Queensland will receive less for the asset that it seeks to sell in a dishonest, sneaky way. The people of Queensland will receive less because, in this case, the government cannot bring itself to give the licensee title in perpetuity.