Asset sales not the way to relieve debt: Union

ELECTRICAL Trades Union representative Dan McGaw will "fight to the bitter end" against any move by the State Government to sell its assets.

Mr McGaw, who is the union's organiser in south-west Queensland, said he wanted a referendum to be called on the issue.

A survey aimed at giving Queenslanders their say in reducing the state's $80 billion debt has been published on The Chronicle website.

Mr McGaw said reduction of debt was not the responsibility of the community.

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"It is a matter for the government and the treasurer at the time," Mr McGaw said.

"Selling profitable assets is not the answer to reducing debt."

He said he had completed the survey but questioned whether or not other people would.

"This is a way for the government to think they have consulted with the community and a back door way to get a mandate on asset sales."

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His suggestion was rather than a survey; hold a referendum on the issue of asset sales.

"Independent polling consistently shows that Queenslanders don't support asset sales with opposition running between 70% and 80% in most cases.

"Queenslanders voted against the last round of asset sales when the Bligh government introduced it and the same will happen again.

"If this government is fair dinkum about giving the people a voice, call a referendum now and let the people decide, rather than wasting our money trying to sell us failed polices we keep telling them we don't want."



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