Queensland election 2017: Labor accused of pork-barrelling

LOGAN: Labor's Linus Power with Daniel Murphy (independent), Gloria Vicario (LNP), Scott Bannan (One Nation) and Danielle Cox (independent). Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
LOGAN: Labor's Linus Power with Daniel Murphy (independent), Gloria Vicario (LNP), Scott Bannan (One Nation) and Danielle Cox (independent). Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

THE LNP has accused Labor of pork-barrelling in electorates where it was at risk of losing to One Nation.

Opposition Health Minister John-Paul Langbroek said Labor’s promised $679 million upgrade was for hospitals in seats where Labor was at risk of losing to One Nation – Logan, Ipswich and Caboolture. “It’s nothing more than a transparent attempt to secure votes in marginal seats,” he said.

“It has nothing to do with meeting the future needs of Queensland’s hospital system.”

Mr Langbroek said an independent hospitals planning commission was needed to take politics out of hospitals planning.

He said Labor’s announced investment would not be delivered for at least two elections.

“As a result, Queenslanders in need of hospital care will continue to wait and suffer.”

Opposition education spokeswoman Tracy Davis attacked Labor’s announcement on Friday on schools saying it was not funded and had no details or planning.

“Labor have made an art form of promising schools at election time,” she said.

“Labor are now spending like drunken sailors on social infrastructure like schools and hospitals with no idea how they will pay for it.

Ms Davis said Labor had closed five schools in Queensland since 2015.

She said the announcement stood in stark contrast to the government having done nothing for three years to improve schools.

“Labor’s delivery of one school in three years is in stark contrast to the 11 schools delivered by the LNP in government,” Ms Davis said.

“Labor are now trying to spend their way out of an election hole.”