Once our assets are gone, they’re gone. ……. Forever!
The only plan the LNP has ever had is for asset sales even though it will cost jobs and drive up the cost of living as power bills rise under private ownership.
It only gets worse because the assets they want to sell return $2 billion a year to the public purse.
Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls have not said how they will plug their LNP black hole.
They are paying consultants and big merchant bankers more than $300 million to start the process of selling assets because they think the election is in the bag.
A lease is a sale
The LNP is so arrogant it expects Queenslanders to believe a 99-year lease of a state asset is not a sale.
Everyone knows it is a sale.
Even people like the Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, Treasurer Tim Nicholls, and the Premier himself have previously said leasing is the same as a sale.
In March 2010 Tim Nicholls then in opposition told State Parliament: “…. a 99-year lease is as good as giving away the farm….”
On the same day Jeff Seeney said long-term leases of state assets were a “dishonest, sneaky way” to undertake asset sales.
In June 2011 Campbell Newman said of leasing port facilities: “I think it’s a mistake, selling off the silverware.”
They all believe a lease is a sale but now expect you to swallow a different line.