How does this government keep getting it so wrong?

How does this government keep getting it so wrong?


The state government's $250 million gift to its public servants is an inappropriate use of public money.


Lucky I was lying down - recovering from leg surgery courtesy of a cow with more determination than me - when I read of the $250 million the state government is going to gift its public servants.

In case you haven't heard, the government is going to pay 200,000 eligible employees a $1250 bonus if they accept a new enterprise bargaining agreement that delivers them a 2.5 per cent annual pay rise over the next three years.

Yes, I know, WHAT!!??

A guaranteed 2.5pc annual pay rise seems like a reasonable deal - and one you would hardly think needs a cash bribe to accept - especially when you consider it is almost double the current inflation rate.

But, believe it or not, it is less than the 3 or 4pc the unions were pushing for (although the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland calculate that when you factor in the bonus, it boosts the average rise to around 4pc anyway).

As Mike Guerin and many others have pointed out, this is an inappropriate use of public money (i.e. yours and mine) at a time when the state's primary producers and regional communities are being crippled by our worst ever drought.

Every day, primary producers are working on properties that are nothing but dust, businesses in our rural towns are closing their doors, and regional families are moving to the city so they can find work.

And yet this government sees fit to spend $250 million on a sweetener to bureaucrats?

To wrap it up as an economic stimulus measure, as Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad is attempting to do, is simply deceitful.

If you want to kick-start the economy, give everyone living inland of the Great Divide a $1250 bonus and watch the regional towns spring back to life.

You just wonder how this current government keeps getting it so wrong. It's as if they are deliberately trying to alienate regional Queensland.

We need to stand up for ourselves, because it is increasingly clear that our government is not going to.

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