D’Ath says port lease plan is as bad as sell-off
THE long-term lease of Gladstone port announced by the Newman Government in last week's budget is as bad as a complete sell-off, says State Opposition frontbencher Yvette D'Ath, who visited Gladstone on Wednesday.
Ms D'Ath said the Newman Government was trying to 'hoodwink' Gladstone residents by claiming the long-term lease of the port does not make it an asset sale.
"Queenslanders now have a stark choice between the LNP that will sell assets, and the Labor Party that will not," Ms D'Ath said.
"Government-owned corporations such as Port of Gladstone actually generate $2billion in dividends for the treasury after debt charges."
She said once the asset is privatised, the income it generates will be lost forever.
The majority of Gladstone residents believed the port should remain in public ownership, but the Liberal-National Party was not listening, she said.
Ms D'Ath met with the ALP's Gladstone candidate, Glenn Butcher, at Spinnaker Park.
"It's not only is it the port itself; the land we stand on and have a barbecue on weekends with our friends is port-owned property, so that will potentially go," Mr Butcher said.
"And if it does go, what will the people of Gladstone do then?"