Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

Tim Nicholls: Campaign began in SEQ because it was cheaper

OPPOSITION Leader Tim Nicholls has played down concerns about his campaign starting in the south-east, instead claiming budgetary issues were constraining the party from travelling.

The LNP travelled to ESP Fencing and Security in the marginal seat of Mt Ommaney this morning to further push its 10-year economic plan.

When asked whether logistical issues were grounding the party, Mr Nicholls said he would be travelling more in coming days.

"Our resources are controlled by the government," he said. 

"My understanding is that they haven't changed over the past three years.

"The budget the Opposition has was the same three years ago and our costs have increased."

The State Election, now in day three, is expected to be fought heavily in the regions with both parties eyeing off numerous marginal seats including Pumicestone and many further north such as Townsville, Cairns and Whitsunday.

Mr Nicholls said the LNP would continue to be "good economic managers" and deal with what it had.

"We have to do it (campaign) to the budget that we have," he said.

The Opposition Leader also addressed questions about the State Government's climbing debt that's expected to increase to $81 billion.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday struggled to recall how her government had reduced it, while this morning claiming Labor's plan economic plan would be announced during the election.

"We need to stop the rot that's happening under Labor," Mr Nicholls said.

"What we want to do is stabilise the debt, we don't want things to get worse meaning higher interest fees and more charges.

"What we are now saying - LNP are better economic managers than Labor.

"Stabilise means it doesn't get worse.

"The first thing is to stop it getting worse."

When asked whether the LNP could stabilise the debt, Mr Nicholls said the party had the runs on the board to do that.

"We need to keep a competitive tax environment, we need to make sure that we target a government sector's fiscal balance so we're not borrowing more in order to turn on the lights," he said.

News Corp Australia


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