Bennett lashes out at Labor MP over rego price hike

MEMBER for Burnett Stephen Bennett says Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson has voted to increase the cost of car registration by two-and-a-half times the inflation rate.

He claims it will cost drivers up to $600 a year from July 1. 

Mr Bennett said the LNP moved a disallowance motion last night to stop the 3.5 per cent increase to car registration, but the Palaszczuk Government voted it down.

"This week Leanne Donaldson has let down the people of Bundaberg by allowing such an unfair increase," Mr Bennett said.

"Every Member of Parliament, including the Member for Bundaberg, had an opportunity to ensure Queensland drivers did not pay too much for car registration and it is disappointing that every Labor MP chose to slug motorists.

"The people of Bundaberg deserve an explanation as to why she voted to keep such an unfair cost hike.

"People are already struggling to keep up with every day household bills and last night the Labor government's lack of a plan has seen a direct hit to the pockets of motorists."

A chart released by Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett.
A chart released by Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett.

Mr Bennett said Labor's actions would see Queensland become the most expensive state in Australia to own and operate a motor vehicle, "as it was when Labor was last in power".

"This poor decision will have a huge impact on all local families who drive their everyday vehicles, pushing up fees and charges to record levels," he said.

"Labor said nothing about increasing taxes on Bundaberg residents during the election and I know our community didn't vote for big increases in car registration."

Mr Bennett said "Labor is continuing its legacy of making motorists pay more for car registration".

"The former Labor Government increased registration by 30 per cent in their last four years in office," he said.

"Now only 100 days back in power the Palaszczuk Government is hiking up costs by more than double the inflation rate while the LNP froze family car registration for three years."



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