JASON CLARE MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE AND INVESTMENT
SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR FLYNN
TURNBULL AND O’DOWD GIVE $17 BILLION TAX CUT TO THE BANKS – BUT REFUSE TO FUND GLADSTONE PORT ACCESS ROAD
Last week’s budget included a $17 billion tax cut for the big banks but nothing to upgrade the Gladstone Port Access Road.
In February this year Bill Shorten announced that Labor would invest $100 million to upgrade the Port Access Road – creating 200 jobs, taking traffic off local roads and providing the infrastructure needed to expand the port.
Since then there has been radio silence from Turnbull and Ken O’Dowd.
The further you live from Malcolm Turnbull’s mansion in Sydney it seems the less you got in last week’s budget.
There was nothing in the budget to upgrade the Port Access Road or build the Rookwood Weir – both of which Bill Shorten and Labor have promised to build.
What Turnbull and O’Dowd have delivered is cuts:
- $17.5 million in cuts to local schools
- $2.51 million in cuts to local hospitals, and
- $38 million in cuts to Central Queensland University.
All to pay for their $17 billion tax cut for the big banks.
This just shows how out of touch Malcolm Turnbull is and how ineffective Ken O’Dowd is.
He has been more effective in bringing down Barnaby Joyce than he has been in helping the people of Gladstone.
Zac Beers will be effective.
If Labor wins the next election we will reverse Turnbull and O’Dowd’s cuts to Gladstone’s schools and Gladstone Hospital and Emerald Hospital.
We will also build the Rookwood Weir and build Stage Two of the Port Access Road.
We can do this because unlike Turnbull and O’Dowd we are not going to give a $17 billion tax cut to the big banks.
THURSDAY, 17 MAY 2018