Donaldson denies big asset sale
MEMBER for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson has denied the new Labor State Government is planning to sell off major assets in the state.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced this week that despite Labor running a strong anti-asset sales campaign in the lead-up to the state election, some assets would be sold off.
But she said they would be items such as vacant land or buildings.
Ms Donaldson said the government would not be selling off strategic assets, such as Queensland's ports and electricity networks like the LNP had planned.
"The government will not be undertaking the mass sell-off of schools, like the LNP planned before being shamed into consulting with local communities," she said.
Ms Donaldson said new LNP leader Lawrence Springborg and former Premier Campbell Newman, while in government, sold off $11billion worth of assets.
"They then tried to sell a further $37billion of assets, which included Queensland's electricity network, ports and other major income-producing assets," she said.
Ms Donaldson said it was laughable Mr Springborg and the LNP would be lecturing anyone on asset sales.
"The LNP spent tens of millions of dollars on advertising, and potentially hundreds of millions on consultants on an asset sales program Queenslanders didn't want," she said.
Ms Donaldson said the Queensland Government was the state's largest landholder, and, of course, individual government departments would continue to conduct transactions from time to time, as they had for decades.