Labor’s smoke and mirrors budget was on the menu for discussion at the first small business breakfast with Shadow Treasurer and Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek in Redlands this morning.

Hosted by State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan MP, the breakfast brought together small business owners with the three levels of Government including Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming, State Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson and Councillor Julie Talty.

Mr Langbroek said he understood why small business owners were concerned with Labor’s budget, including their failure to increase the payroll tax threshold.

“Nothing in this budget builds economic confidence for local small business owners or residents,” he said.

“Saddling our energy companies with billions of dollars of government debt isn’t going to improve Queensland’s fiscal position.

“It’s just like using one credit card to another. The debt is still there and you still have to pay it back – with interest.”

Mr McEachan said the economy would keep suffering under Labor.

“Now they are raiding public servants’ long service leave and superannuation to pay for their election promises. Which, by the way, doesn’t include any infrastructure for Redlands.

Redlands missed out on vital road infrastructure upgrades to Cleveland Redland Bay Road after Labor failed to match the LNP’s funding commitment. 

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