Queensland Premier Campbell Newman
LNP Government To Cut Corporate Boxes
Victor P Taffa
Corporate hospitality boxes will be relinquished or hired to private users under the LNP Government, Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said today.
Premier Campbell Newman said that as part of his plan to cut waste and save Queensland taxpayers money, he had directed Cabinet Ministers at the first meeting of the Newman Government Cabinet that the government will not retain corporate hospitality boxes.
Premier Newman said this included hospitality at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Metricon Stadium, Skilled Park, Dairy Farmers Stadium, The Gabba, Queensland Sports and Athletic Centre and the Queensland Tennis Centre.
Premier Newman said the boxes, held by both the state government and Government Owned Corporations, would be relinquished or hired to private users.
“We will make no apologies for saving money right across the Government, because my team’s top priority is to ease cost of living pressures for Queensland families and to do this we need to get the state’s finances under control and get money back to frontline services.” Premier Newman said.
“From what I have already seen, the finances of Queensland are in a bad way and we’ll continue to make sensible decisions to get our budget back in the black.”
“I know that like the Premier’s Literary Awards, many people will be upset by this decision, but my message to Queenslanders is we will do everything we can to spend your money more wisely.”
The directive yesterday came on top of the commitment by the LNP Cabinet to a Lower Cost of Living for Families Package, which included:
- Freezing or lowering the standard domestic electricity tariff and showing the cost of the Commonwealth’s carbon tax on electricity bills;
- Reducing the cost of water for families in South East Queensland;
- Freezing family car registration fees for the next three years;
- Halving the two scheduled increases in public transport fares and making the 10th and any additional journey each week on the go card free;
- Abolishing the waste levy from 1 July 2012;
- Re-introducing transfer duty concessions for the principal place of residence.