Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten toured Ipswich with state Labor candidate for Ipswich West Jim Madden at Riverlink. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten toured Ipswich with state Labor candidate for Ipswich West Jim Madden at Riverlink. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Federal Labor leader queries Newman's asset sales policy

FEDERAL Labor leader Bill Shorten has ridiculed Premier Campbell Newman's plans to sell assets only if the price is right.

Mr Newman has reiterated that future infrastructure construction will go ahead if the state can raise the requisite funds from the long term lease or sale of assets.

"Leave aside the merits of it, Newman's strategy for asset sales is very poorly conceived," Mr Shorten told the QT.

"On one hand he says he will only sell the assets if he gets the best price.

"On the other hand he says, 'I have already spent the money from the asset sale on these other promises'.

"But everyone knows, it doesn't matter if you are selling a motor car or a house, if the buyer knows the seller has to sell it becomes a buyer's market."

Mr Shorten said Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk had "exceeded expectations" and warned Mr Newman was not to be trusted on job promises.

"Three and a half years ago you had seven MPs out of 89, but now you have got an election where in many seats it is going to be very close and Labor is back with a chance," Mr Shorten said.

"Campbell Newman announces last weekend that he is going to be a premier for jobs, but the problem is he said that last time. Look at people's record and not their words.

"The last time he said it unemployment was 5.5% and he promised to take it to 4%. But unemployment is now 6.9%."

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