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Queensland's 'traditional Labor' budget is grappling with some of the same old problems

Matt Wordsworth reports for the ABC (16.6.21) on the Palaszczuk government's 2021-22 budget, with Treasurer Cameron Dick confirming the state would remain in deficit for the next few years in the midst of pandemic recovery spending.

'The statistics were laid out in black and white in a budget the Premier described as a "traditional Labor budget" that "focused on health, education and housing".

'It is indeed a tradition of Queensland Labor governments to spend more than half of their budgets on the two monoliths of health and education.

'Treasurer Cameron Dick has followed in that tradition - committing 54.1 per cent in his first budget handed down last December and 56.6per cent in his latest.

'... All the jobs that were lost during the pandemic downturn have returned.

'Spending is up, meaning GST receipts are far higher than the state expected, and our renewed obsession with real estate means transfer duty is expected to pump almost a billion dollars extra into the Treasury coffers in the coming financial year.

'The result is a much healthier fiscal position than the Premier could have hoped for.'


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