Labor Votes to Increase Car Rego Costs

4 Aug 2011 2:29 PMJann Stuckey

4 August 2011

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey has scorned Gold Coast Labor members for joining their mates to vote for increases to the cost of car registration in State Parliament last night.

“The LNP stood up for Queenslanders and attempted to stop Labor’s unfair price hike on car rego while the members for Burleigh, Southport, Broadwater and Albert supported the slug that will have to be borne by residents they are meant to represent,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Gold Coast residents, particularly in the Currumbin electorate, are really struggling with the soaring costs of living under the Bligh Labor Government.

“This is evident from results of my electorate-wide survey late last year that showed cost of living rated as the top concern for some 3000 respondents.

“For a city as dependent on private car transportation as the Gold Coast, and severely lacking in public transport options, this year’s further increase to car registration will really put the pressure on struggling households and businesses.

“According to the RACQ, Queensland is now the most expensive place to own and operate a motor vehicle anywhere in Australia.

“Since 2008, the cost to register an average family car has risen by 32 per cent. In 2011 it will cost $805.30 to register a six-cylinder family sedan.

“The people of Currumbin simply cannot sustain more hits to their hip pocket.

“Under Campbell Newman, an LNP Government will freeze family car registration for its first term to help Queenslanders deal with making ends meet.

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