State has to ‘tighten belt'
LABOR Party complaints about State Government job and spending cuts were yesterday described by Gympie MP David Gibson as "unbelievable".
Mr Gibson said the complaints highlighted the mismanagement of the Beattie and Bligh governments.
"It is exactly because of their mismanagement in wasting money on projects like the Traveston Dam debacle and the gold-plated water grid, that we are in this situation.
"No one wants these cuts to occur but it is budget 101 - you can't spend money you don't have.
"I remember when I was growing up we ate rice and Vegemite for three nights because we had no money to buy anything else.
"I didn't like it but it was all we could afford because we were broke."
Mr Gibson said it was a "harsh fact" something had to be cut.
"Should we not have given our nurses a 3% pay rise? Should we cut back on the number of police or employ fewer teachers?" he asked.
"We have seen cuts at the top with senior public servants gone, we've rightly seen the corporate boxes gone and government advertising reduced."
Mr Gibson said Labor had left the state with a $4 billion deficit this year and a $60 billion debt.