Labor closes Queensland for business

28 Oct 2015 11:07 AMJann Stuckey

The Palaszczuk Labor Government has been left red-faced after it was revealed that a phone number listed on its Tourism Investment Attraction Unit (TIAU) website had been disconnected for months.

Minister Kate Jones only became aware of the embarrassing blunder after Shadow Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey questioned her about it in Parliament yesterday.

Ms Jones subsequently asked her department to clean up the “outdated” pages on its website.

Ms Stuckey said if Labor was serious about tourism investment in Queensland it really needed to lift its game, particularly in the lead up to the Premier’s Economic Summit in Cairns early next month.

“Under the LNP, the Tourism Investment Attraction Unit attracted more than one hundred projects seeking government guidance. Twenty of these were identified as ‘showcase’ investments, which attracted further assistance,” she said.

“I can’t even bear to think about all of the great tourism opportunities that the Palaszczuk Government missed because of a careless error like a disconnected phone number.

“Other states and national jurisdictions are becoming increasingly competitive in their attempts to attract inward capital investment to build hotels and resorts – but here in Queensland Labor has all but put up the ‘Closed for Business’ sign.”

“The Palaszczuk Government’s incompetence is holding Queensland back.”

Ms Stuckey said she welcomed continued funding for the TIAU in this year’s Budget, but said it was important the government remained focused on practical outcomes.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government needs to lift its game, end the infrastructure freeze, and lift the burden of red tape to attract new investment,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Eight months in office and the only major tourism investment project announced by the Palaszczuk Government is the Queens Wharf Development precinct. A project conceived by the LNP.

“At a time when we have low interests rates, a competitive Australian dollar and high projected demand from key tourism source markets, Queensland really should be attracting more capital investment.

“Next month the Premier will hold her economic summit in Cairns with a whole day devoted to tourism investment but to date Labor’s track record is woeful, with some projects such as zip lines being ruled out before they can begin talks.”

Ms Stuckey said an alternative LNP government would reinvigorate tourism investment and unleash Queensland’s true potential.

[ENDS] 28 October 2015