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Govt left legacy of 'failure': Seeney

LNP govt left legacy of “failure, dishonesty and debt” said Jeff Seeney.
LNP govt left legacy of “failure, dishonesty and debt” said Jeff Seeney. Greg Miller

A LEGACY of "failure, dishonesty and debt" is what Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney says the new LNP government has been left.

Lashing out during his address to parliament on Thursday, the Member for Callide said Labor's failure would last for "generations" as the LNP faced the "huge task ahead".

"I don't think any other Queensland government has failed to an extent the previous Labor government who occupied this chamber failed," he said.

"It's a long list of crises we saw as the end result of the maladministration of that government

"The health crisis and the pay role scandals, Dr Patel, the fake Tahitian prince, the water crisis, the waste of billions of dollars on the water grid, the rusty desalination plants, the Traveston Dam, destruction of the Mary Valley, soaring water prices and power prices, the Kids in Care Crisis, the Bruce Hwy crisis - the list goes on and on and on."

Mr Seeney said he was proud to see the LNP members extend almost the entire way around the 89-seat parliament after 14 years in opposition.

But he attacked Labor's election campaign targeting his new leader Campbell Newman's financial affairs and those of his family as "disgusting" and "unprecedented".

"I congratulate all of the new members ... it is so wonderful to stand here after so many years and see so many of you join us in this parliament," he said.

"I think all of us would agree the one person we must acknowledge more than all in terms of the leadership role to get us to this point is the Member for Ashgrove (Mr Newman).

"The Premier of Queensland, who back in March 22, 2011, took the momentous decision to leave Brisbane City Council and move to state politics.

"The leadership he has shown since has been a significant part of the reason why so many LNP members are in this chamber today."

Mr Seeney said many people questioned the move and "a lot of people said it wouldn't work", including Labor, which reacted with "glee" the day after the announcement.

"The glee on the faces of those that sat on the government benches was something I will never forget, but there's not too many of them here today," he said.

"They have met the political fate they so richly deserved because we were able to bring to this state parliament leader with experience, with a track record, with the respect of all Queenslanders."

Topics:  debt, government, jeff seeney, lnp




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