LNP costings interview with Scott Emerson on 4BC

The Queensland LNP Opposition released its election costings yesterday, and I spoke with Scott Emerson on his 4BC Drive program about them later that day. You can listen to our conversation from around 54:00 via:

The Scott Emerson Drive Show, 29 October

The LNP costings, which you can download below, are well presented with handy summaries of the proposed measures, and they get a tick of approval for citing the report Joe Branigan and I wrote for the Australian Institute for Progress on the Queensland budget outlook (see p. 4 of the costings).

The LNP commitments feature a heavy emphasis on cracking down on crime, including one of my favourite measures, $1.75 million for the LNP’s plan to crack down on hooning:

The LNP will put the brakes on Queensland’s hooning problem with new cameras, new laws and new technology which will literally shred the tyres of dangerous drivers.

Let’s hope they have a reasonable and fair way of identifying dangerous drivers if they win government!

Finally, I should note, as I told Scott Emerson yesterday, like Labor’s election costings, the LNP costings appear to make a few bold assumptions, particularly around being able to fund a range of measures through finding savings in the public service and in government-owned corporations such as SunWater. If the LNP has committed to these savings on top of the savings program the current Queensland Government committed to in July, then they have set themselves a challenging task should they win government on Saturday.

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