Palaszczuk pledges $5.6 billion in concessions to state’s hard-pressed
“They deserve a fair go and proper recognition.”
Queensland pensioners are expected to save $74.1 million from concessions on electricity, rates and waste water.
An electricity rebate of $341 a year will also be available to veterans and low-income families.
But deputy opposition leader Tim Mander said the $5.6 billion concessions would only go to a “small number of people.”
“These concessions are given every year, by every government, of every flavour,” he said.
“In the meantime we have car registration, power prices and a whole range of other prices going through the roof.
“Only a small number of people will benefit from these concessions.”
The June 11 budget will also target young people leaving school with a $199 million apprentice and trainee training subsidy and and vocational education certificate III subsidy for young people seeking their first qualification after school.
“There are a range of concessions for younger Queenslanders,” Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said.
“To help them get started on a career or into a job, textbook and resource allowances are available for secondary students and travel and accommodation subsidies for apprentices.
“I encourage everyone to check the Smart Savings website for concessions that can make a real difference in easing people’s financial worries.”
Mr Mander said the upcoming budget would place Ms Trad under pressure following the federal election Labor loss.
“There’s a lot of pressure on Jackie Trad with this particular budget,” he said.
“The government is not going well, business confidence is down, every economic indicator shows that Queensland is performing right at the bottom of the list right throughout the nation.
“The pressure is on her, of course with her own colleagues as well, to make sure she can deliver for them.”
Concessions and subsidies to be available following the budget include reductions in vehicle and boat registrations for seniors and pensioners, school transport assistance for families that don’t have a local school or are from low-income groups, and free dental care to eligible Queenslanders.
Lucy is the urban affairs reporter for the Brisbane Times, with a special interest in Brisbane City Council.