Talty insists asset sales are a real load of 'bull'
LEO Talty is yet to see any convincing business case put forward for the LNP Government's plans for the sale or long term lease of state assets.
And that is no bull.
Mr Talty, a primary producer who will run as an independent seat of Ipswich West, is campaigning with an engaging poster of a bull with "No bull...vote 1 Talty" plastered on it.
Mr Talty's key platform in this election is that voters need more accountability in government. He is also opposed to asset sales.
"Both sides of politics have gone down this path," he said.
"Labor sold off 35,000 hectares of freehold forest in 2010 under a 99 year lease. The LNP now wants to do the same with two port facilities, our electricity assets, Sunwater's industrial pipelines and a number of unstated assets.
"What's new here is the proposal to lease essential services like electricity and water."
Mr Talty said electricity generated $3 billion in pre-tax earnings for the state each year.
"After tax and interest, it contributes around $1billion to general revenue. There is no financial problem in this sector and it has a clear capacity to service its $18 billion share of government debt," he said.
"We live in a state that knows how to clean up after natural disasters. Relying on a profit motivated third party to do this with our essential services poses too great a risk.
"As to the other asset/lease options, I've yet to see any rigorous business case or cost benefit analysis on any of the proposals. If elected, I will vote against the current proposals."
Who will you vote for in Ipswich West in 2015?
This poll ended on 31 January 2015.
1. Jim Madden - ALP
2. Sean Choat - LNP
3. Chris Reynolds - ONE NATION
4. Leo Talty - INDEPENDENT
5. Ian Simons - GREENS
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.