Labor launches Gladstone attack with town meetings

THEY'RE not in power but the state opposition is approaching Gladstone voters in preparation for the next state election.

The Labor Party is focusing its efforts on the backlash from the Newman government's public service cuts.

"Since the March 2012 election, 14,000 people have been sacked by Campbell Newman and countless frontline services have been cut," opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

Shadow treasurer Curtis Pitt was in Gladstone on Wednesday and met with independent state member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham and Gladstone Regional Council deputy mayor Matt Burnett.

Mr Pitt attacked the state budget, released last Tuesday, and said it showed a drop in capital works funding to $338.6 million, down from $1.35 billion last year.

"At the same time as Campbell Newman reduces investment in the local area, he's increasing the cost of living for families," Mr Pitt said.

The opposition will hold a town hall-style meeting at the Gladstone Library at 6pm next Wednesday to hear the views of local residents.

The meeting is the third in a series where locals can discuss Queensland's future.

Topics:  annastacia palaszczuk, campbell newman, gladstone, labor, liz cunningham, public service cut-backs, queensland election



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