Queenslanders would be appalled by the lack of transparency displayed by Queensland’s major parties, deputy leader of Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party, Anna Palmer, said today.
Mrs Palmer’s comments follow the latest LNP crisis in which Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has been referred by her own party to the election watchdog over fundraising events hosted by property developers.
“Queenslanders are sick and tired of self-centred leaders looking after themselves and their own campaigns rather than the people they are meant to represent,” Mrs Palmer said.
“The Labor Party uses union money, and we have the LNP taking donations from property developers. They know it’s wrong, but they do it anyway. No wonder Queenslanders are demanding a new deal,” she said.
Meanwhile, Mrs Palmer said she welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Queensland saying she hoped he will be getting out into the communities and not just attending dinners.
“I hope he gets out into the electorates like Currumbin where I am running, where he can see first-hand what the border closures are doing, with the number of for-lease signs in Coolangatta, Tugun and elsewhere,” she said.
“Queensland’s tourist industry is suffering and families and businesses are being destroyed.
“Queensland was once the number one powerhouse in the Australian economy.
“We need a new deal for Queensland based on enterprise. We need to cut the red tape, eliminate payroll tax and eliminate land tax to make our State stronger and more competitive, and provide employment for our people.
“The current government is too negative, it doesn’t listen, it’s not interested in big projects and it has no idea about wealth creation,” Mrs Palmer said.