Palmer United Party government would resume Queensland asset sales

Media release

Federal leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer, has reaffirmed that a Queensland-elected Palmer United Party government would resume any public asset sold off by Campbell Newman without compensation to the private sector.

Mr Palmer said the Newman Government’s crusade to sell off major state-owned assets to the highest bidders to solve its debt problems was a slap in the face for all Queenslanders.

“The Palmer United Party strongly believes in retaining state-owned assets in the hands of all Queenslanders,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“If successful at the next Queensland election, our party will resume any Queensland government state-owned assets that have been sold off, without providing compensation to private sector investors who bought into them.

“Our precious hospitals, ports, schools and power companies are all in the firing line of Campbell Newman who believes the only way to solve Queensland’s problems is to offload public assets and cut expenditure.

“He made it very clear what little regard he has for his fellow Queenslanders with his decision to demolish the former Gold Coast Hospital for a subdivision, when the region is crying out for at least another 600 hospital beds.

“Campbell Newman and his Health Minister Lawrence Springborg have no regard for the health of Queenslanders.

“The LNP is stealing from the state to pay off debt when these assets need to be protected, all because they don’t know how to grow the economy properly.

“The sale of Queensland assets represents further irrational behaviour by the Premier.

“A Queensland-elected Palmer United Party government would stimulate the economy and protect assets owned by Queenslanders.’’