Queensland State Elections 2020: Focus on Tourism Financing and Local Business...

Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged to invest an additional $ 74 million in the tourism industry if she is re-elected, while the LNP opposition pledges to bring government contracts to Queensland companies.

Important points:

  • Labor is providing $ 74 million to the Queensland tourism industry in addition to support given during COVID-19
  • The LNP promises to award future government contracts to companies in Queensland
  • Tim Mander called Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles “an embarrassment” about jibing over the LNP’s business plan

Ms. Palaszczuk made the announcement at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast with Minister of Tourism and outgoing MP Kate Jones, Caloundra candidate John Hunt and the Irwin family by her side.

“We know the tourism sector was hit hard during the COVID crisis,” said Ms. Palasczuk.

“We had $ 10 million in immediate aid in February, we had $ 90 million in phases one and two of our recovery plan – including money for projects ready to be shoveled, money for national parks, money for tourism adjustment grants, and money to the shipping industry, tourism discounts and grants, loans and discounts of over $ 400 million, and deferred rates and fees.

“Already half a billion dollars and now we’re putting in an additional $ 74 million.”

The $ 74 million includes $ 20 million for major events, $ 20 million for the Queensland Tourism Activation Fund, and $ 15 million for marketing campaigns promoting travel in the state.

It would spend $ 4 million on business skills training and the final $ 15 million on regional tourism.

“This is funding that you requested and we are very proud to deliver it,” said Ms. Jones.

“This $ 15 million, which will go directly to our regional tourism organizations, will be used to partner with attractions such as Australia Zoo.”

The opposition is fighting to defend the border seat

Meanwhile, the LNP spent the 11th day of its campaign on Bribie Island with Pumicestone’s electorate, which the party currently holds by a narrow 0.8 percent.

But opposition leader Deb Frecklington said she was not concerned about the electorate.

Deb Frecklington at a lectern with Tim Mander next to her

Deb Frecklington at a lectern with Tim Mander next to her

Deb Frecklington says the LNP’s latest funding pledge will help the local boat building industry.((ABC News: Tim Swanston)

“I know I have an extremely hard working local here in Fiona Gaske,” she said.

Ms. Frecklington announced the LNP’s procurement policy, which promises to bring future government contracts to Queensland companies.

“We know the Maleny Milk debacle when the Palaszczuk government decided that Maleny just didn’t fit into the procurement policy, and that was just an absolute shame,” she said.

As part of the procurement policy, Ms. Frecklington said $ 25 million would be used to replace the region’s “aging naval fleet”.

The party argues that the increase in funding would support boat manufacturers and create more jobs on the Queensland coast.

“We want these boats to be built in Queensland,” she said.

“Bribie Island has a VMR fleet here that was actually built in the south.

“We don’t want to see that, we know the boat builders in Queensland deserve to try.

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing billions of dollars overseas or interstate among Labor.”

Miles compares the LNP economic plan with the children’s book

Earlier in the day, Deputy Prime Minister Steven Miles said at a press conference in the House of Parliament: “You [the LNP] I think they can make less money, spend more money, not raise taxes, and make a surplus. “

“But unlike the magic pudding we read as kids, if you cut it out of the Queensland economy pie, it doesn’t grow back,” he said.

Miles holds a book to the media

Miles holds a book to the media

Steven Miles brought props to his press conference today.((ABC News: Jessica Rendall)

Mr Miles said the Queenslanders would “vote in the dark” when the primary booths open on Monday, unless the opposition released their economic plan that weekend.

In response to the Vice Prime Minister’s “magic pudding” comparison, Deb Frecklington described him as “so childish -” before pausing and starting her sentence again.

“Like what I tell my kids, if you can’t say something nice, it’s probably best not to say it,” she said.

“If the Queensland deputy prime minister seriously thinks the best he can do is offer that kind of fool, then I think Queenslanders deserve better.”

The Vice Chairman of the LNP, Tim Mander, described Mr. Miles as “embarrassing”.

“Our announcements are fully funded and we will show all of this in the last week of our campaign, as has always been the case,” he said.

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