• Palaszczuk Labor will be selling off the government-owned Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre
  • This is a hypocritical move from a government promising to oppose asset sales

State Member for Redlands Matt McEachan has described the sale of the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre to RACQ as typical of a manipulative Labor Government desperate to fix their Budget black hole.

Last month the RACQ announced that their proposal to take over the driver training centre at a cost of $15 million had been approved to proceed to a detailed planning and negotiation stage with the State Government, without any initial public consultation.

Mr McEachan said the sale of the asset was yet another example of Labor’s ability to sell Redlanders down the river.

“During the election Labor categorically said they would not sell assets. The Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre is a government-owned asset so tell me how this isn’t an asset sale,” Mr McEachan said.

“This is an asset sale by stealth and a betrayal of Redlanders who had no opportunity to have their say and who don’t know what this sale will mean for their electorate,” Mr McEachan said.

“On top of this, we have the Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt suggesting money from speeding fines is being reinvested into the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre, and the Transport Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe who can’t seem to figure out what’s going on.

“If the Government doesn’t know what’s going on, how can residents?”

“I know from personal experience as a motorcycle-training instructor who has conducted driver training at the Mt Cotton centre that it is a valuable asset for Queensland and it’s an asset that the public should be able to have their say over.”

Mr McEachan called on Premier Palaszckuk and her Government to remember their Labor values.

“Apparently Labor upholds the notion of being an open, transparent and accountable government to the people. I’m not sure what’s so open and transparent about this transaction.”

Mr McEachan said he called on the Government to reinvest any proceeds from the sale of the Mt Cotton Driver Training Centre back into much needed road infrastructure for the Redlands.

[ENDS] 24 May 2016