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A Fancy Name For Theft And Destitution

2 Mar

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 2 March 2012:

Bligh’s Green corridor is a plan to make Queenslanders poorer

You run a government that is racing towards $85 billion in debt, what do you do next?

Well, if you were Anna Bligh you borrow more money to retire productive assets.

Anna Bligh’s Border to Beach Green corridor is nothing but a plan to make Queenslanders poorer, more in debt and deny them the productive assets to get them out of it. Worse, all for no siginficant environmental benefit.

This so-called “green” corridor is a fancy name for theft and destitution, as Green-Labor governments shut down the economic future for people in between.

Retiring vast tracts of otherwise productive farming assets will leave thousands of other Queenslanders, particularly in rural and remote Queensland, behind. If you take out of business assets that can make money, that’s less wealth and less cash flow in a community to maintain schools, roads, hospitals and businesses.

Once upon a time the Labor party was formed in the shearing sheds of Barcaldine, now it wants to shut down the places that midwifed its birth.

All so that the Queensland Labor government can show its usual administrative competence by managing vast tracts of our state. Private landholders will look after their land better than governments because it is their land.

Governments can’t even run the national parks they have at the moment, with much of it infested with weeds and invaded by pests.

They should get their own backyard in shape first before they start invading the backyards of others.

“Kirsten, Do The Right Thing, Put Your State First, Vote Against The Carbon Tax”

8 Sep

Media release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 8 September 2011:

Queensland going backwards under Labor

Unemployment data released today shows that Queensland is going backwards under Labor. At 6.2 per cent, Queensland has the highest unemployment rate in the country by far. The state with the next highest unemployment rate is New South Wales at 5.4 per cent.

We might have the State of Origin but we are losing on the economic footy field. Queensland used to be a powerhouse state but under Labor it is losing that mantle.

This is the worst possible time for Queensland to be facing a carbon tax. Modelling released by the Labor state government last month showed that Queensland will be hit the hardest by a carbon tax, with economic output predicted to be 3.5 per cent lower in Queensland, compared to 2.5 per cent lower in Australia.

The Rockhampton and Gladstone area will see economic activity fall by 8.2 per cent under a carbon tax, the Mackay area by 5.7 per cent, double to triple the impact of the carbon tax on the rest of Australia.

Kirsten Livermore, the federal member for the Rockhampton area, needs to do the right thing, put her state first and vote against the carbon tax. All Queenslanders should contact their local Labor members and ask them why they are planning to vote for a carbon tax which will do its greatest damage to Queensland.

The unemployment rate in Queensland increased in August to 6.2% from 5.6% in July. An extra 15,000 Queenslanders were made unemployed in August, on top of the 10,000 made unemployed in July.

Since the Howard government left office the unemployment rate in Queensland has increased from 3.8% (in November 2007) to 6.2% today. The number of Queenslanders unemployed under Labor has increased by 70,000, an increase of 80%.

More information – Matthew Canavan 0458 709433

Barnaby: Carbon Tax Not The Answer For Queensland

11 Aug

Media Release – Senator Barnaby Joyce, 11 August 2011:

Jobs figures show that carbon tax is not the answer for Queensland

Employment data released today reveals that Queensland now has the highest unemployment rate in the country. This is the worst time for Queensland to be facing the prospect of a carbon tax, Senator Joyce said today.

“The unemployment rate in July increased in Queensland to 5.6%, from 5.2% in June, double the increase experienced nationally. Queensland now has a higher unemployment rate than any other State. In total, an additional 10,000 Queenslanders became unemployed over the past month.

“This is an appalling outcome when you think of the minerals boom that Queensland is meant to be experiencing. When small businesses tell you there is not much business around they are not joking.

“The prospect of a carbon tax is killing jobs in Queensland. If the Labor government moves forward with a carbon tax they have will have moved from being incompetent to culpable.

“Surely someone in the Labor party has a television set and can see what is going on in the world. Now is the not the time for a carbon tax that will raise costs for every small business but have zero effect on the temperature of the globe.

“This is a one vote Parliament. We are looking for just one Labor party member to stand up for Queensland and vote against the carbon tax. Let’s stop this charade and do what the vast majority want.

“Since the Howard government left office the unemployment rate in Queensland has increased by 50%, from 3.8% (in November 2007) to 5.6% today. There are over 50,000 extra Queenslanders unemployed since the Rudd-Gillard government came into power.

“Queensland was once the state of development. An earlier generation built dams, electrified the railway lines, developed the Gold Coast and opened multiple international airports. Thanks to Labor it is now the State with the lowest economic credentials, where bats seem to have more rights than people, where farmers have had their rural soul sold by State Labor governments, so that coal seam gas companies can run over their land while paying 75 cents for every $1000 they extract, where fishing has become an immoral past-time, where the economic future for aboriginal people has been taken away so they can live on a “wild river”, where the major industry of the north, the live cattle trade, can be shut down over night because apparently the nation is run by Four Corners, not the government.

“When green regulations become more important than creating jobs, the effects are there for all to see. Queensland has the highest unemployment in the country and public debt heading towards $85 billion.”

More information – Matthew Canavan 0458 709433

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