One Nation's Steve Dickson tries to force early election
ONE Nation has launched an all out assault on the LNP challenging it to withdraw support for the State Budget or be forever tied to a document it says is more about pork barrelling to protect Deputy Premier Jackie Trad's South Brisbane seat than the better of the whole state.
One Nation leader Steve Dickson claims the support of the two Katter MPs and Cairns Independent Rob Pyne in his bid to block the Budget at its third reading, a move which if successful would send Queensland to the polls in five to six weeks.
The Budget vote will be held tonight.
Mr Dickson said the $5.4b in funding for the Cross River Rail project had been rejected by Infrastructure Australia as unnecessary before 2036.
He said the money could be better allocated to duplication of North Coast Rail to Nambour, raising of the Borumba Dam wall to provide water security for south east Queensland for the next 100 years and other projects across the state including water security for Townsville and Rockhampton and $400m for the Mount Lindsay Highway.
Mr Dickson said the budget represented increased costs for all Queenslanders including in motor registration fees.
"I want to put the acid on the LNP," he said.
"Will it vote against a budget that allows Jackie Trad to spend money in Brisbane pork-barrelling for her seat or vote to see the money spent across the state."
In Parliament today he accused Labor of spending $5.4b to save the Ms Trad's job.
He challenged the LNP to vote with One Nation and the Katter Australia Party to ensure the money was spent for the benefit of all Queenslanders.
Mr Dickson said blocking the budget would not inhibit payments for public servants which were protected by a six-month contingency fund.