Letter: Perrett is the pot calling the kettle black
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
MEMBER for Gympie Tony Perrett has stated in The Gympie Times (November 19, 2016) that he has put the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on notice over state land within the Gympie region which has been earmarked for sale.
Prior to the state election in 2015, the then LNP state government, with the support Mr Perrett, was seeking a mandate to lease (sell) one of Queensland's largest government corporate businesses - our power stations and the state's electricity supply systems.
The sale or lease of this business would have long term devastating effects on the Queensland economy, not to mention household budgets and would be a total mismanagement of taxpayer assets.
Also the previous LNP state government under Campbell Newman was selling off government owned land in Queensland; even school ovals where not safe from the LNP fire sale.
The Member for Gympie went on to speak about the land attached to the failed Traveston dam and the subsequent loss due to the resale of properties.
Records show that the majority of the properties attached to the failed dam project were in fact sold under the authority of the previous LNP state government between 2012 and 2014. At the time these properties were sold well under market values.
As we talk about the LNP's inability to manage our great state's assets and services, I am reminded of the building that housed the Gympie branch of the Department of Main Roads.
All staff with the exception of approximately 12 were either dismissed or transferred to Maroochydore, leaving three quarters of the building vacant about two years.
It makes me absolutely wonder how much government land in Gympie or Queensland would have been sold off if the LNP had retained government.