I sent a letter to my Member of Parliament, expressing concerns:
Member for Brisbane Central
Dear Mr Cavallucci,
Thank you for standing for election to represent the people on the seat of Brisbane Central.
Prior to the election, Mr Newman promised that "all hardworking public servants in Queensland, should look forward to a bright and rewarding future with the LNP....." http://www.youtube.
The reality of the situation is very different.
I cannot find the words to express my grief for my friends and former colleagues, who have been sacked by the Queensland Premier.
Here is his response:
Dear Mr Barber,
Thank you for your email regarding the Queensland financial position, and I applaud you for your interest in the matter.
Unfortunately for all Queenslanders, the former Labor Government spent well beyond its means and had no clear plan to rein in spending.
The recent Commission of Audit Report outlined the need for major fiscal repair to end the debilitating cycle of over-expenditure and crippling increases in debt and debt-servicing costs.
During the election campaign it was highlighted that governments must live within their means, and that a future Newman Government would act to make sure expenditure did not continue to outstrip revenue – as was the case under Labor.
The economic plan put to the people by the LNP included the following aims:
• To stabilise and then significantly reduce debt;
• To achieve and maintain a general government sector fiscal balance in 2014-15;
• To maintain a competitive tax environment for business; and
• To target full funding of long term liabilities in accordance with actuarial advice.
During the 2012 election the LNP committed to achieving an operating surplus in 2014-15.
Recent statements by the Premier and the Treasurer have reiterated their objective to minimise disruptions to the public service, and that the LNP Government wants to protect as many public sector jobs as possible, but the reality is the former Labor Government employed more public servants than the people of Queensland can currently afford.
However, the Premier also stated that the LNP Government was committed to a right sized public service focused on revitalising front line services.
The people of Queensland expect the Newman Government to focus on getting the state back on track.
I thank you again for your email.
Robert Cavallucci MP