Queenslanders tackle state’s budget reality together

DISCUSSIONS surrounding Queensland's debt has attracted 2000 participants from Gladstone and surrounding areas.

The privatisation of Gladstone port was a focal point in the discussions looking to remedy the state's financial situation.

A teleconference held on Monday invited community members to voice their opinions and pose questions in a public discussion lasting more than an hour.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls said it was important to engage community members in the Strong Choices campaign.

"The virtual town hall brought together people from all walks of life to have their say on how to tackle the $80 billion debt and $4 billion yearly interest bill," he said.

"The government faces three choices - significantly increased taxes, reduced services or the sale or lease of some assets - and last night's teleconference was a great way to discuss those choices with even more Queenslanders."

The teleconference attracted great interest from our region.

"I had a lively discussion with people in the Gladstone area including pensioners, small business owners, students, community workers, employees of the port, tradespeople and many more," he said.

"It was clear the people of Gladstone welcomed the opportunity to participate from the comfort from their own homes and that they feel passionately about the strong choices we need to make. It was a welcome and constructive conversation."



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