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A Message from John-Paul Langbroek | State Member for Surfers Paradise

Posted on 23 February 2016
A Message from John-Paul Langbroek | State Member for Surfers Paradise
A plan and vision from the State Government is vital to giving businesses some much-needed confidence to grow and invest in our State.

That's why, together with the LNP Team, I have been actively lobbying the Labor Government to devise an economic plan  since they were elected over 12 months ago.

In light of this, it is frustrating to see that Queensland continues to be held back by a 'do-nothing' Palaszczuk Labor Government, with the latest CommSec State of the States report labelling Queensland as part of a 'third tier' of economies, alongside South Australia and Tasmania.

Published last month, the report confirmed that our State had fallen further behind on important indicators like economic growth, equipment investment and construction work.

Since the last quarterly report we've fallen from fifth to sixth on economic performance, and economic activity is 0.2 per cent lower over the last year.

Queensland is ranked worst of all States and Territories in construction work suffering from a 30.5 per cent decline in the last 12 months - the biggest annual decline in records going back more than 26 years.  This is just the latest report to confirm infrastructure investment has stalled in Queensland since the Palaszczuk Government's election, with Infrastructure Partnerships Australia saying the state faced a $50 billion infrastructure black hole.

It is essential that the Palaszczuk Labor Government proactively addresses the economic issues highlighted by the independent CommSec report. It's simply not good enough for the Premier and the Treasurer to conduct reviews to avoid making a decision.

As the State Member for Surfers Paradise, Shadow Treasurer, and Shadow Minister for the Commonwealth Games, I'm unashamedly pro-business and pro-jobs, and will continue to advocate for our business community to ensure that businesses and residents can reap the benefits of a State that is living up to its full potential.

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