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Queensland Is Ground-Zero For Skyrocketing Costs

9 November 2023

Queensland facing biggest cost rises in nation.
Palaszczuk Labor Government failures cost Sunshine Coast

New inflation data has revealed Queenslanders are facing extreme cost-of-living pressures on household budgets, experiencing the steepest cost increases nation-wide, under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

In the past year, Sunshine Coast residents have paid skyrocketing cost rises across housing, health, transport and insurance, after State Government decisions sent prices soaring.

Skyrocketing costs experienced across Queensland include:

  • Rents up 9.5%
  • Health costs up 7%
  • Transport costs up 6.4%
  • Private vehicle costs, including registration and fuel, up 6.4%
  • Insurance up 15.9%

These costs are critical State Government responsibilities and have been directly impacted by decisions of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Cost-of-Living Dan Purdie said Queensland’s cost-of-living figures were a damning indictment of the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s chaos and crisis.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has driven-up living costs for Queenslanders, when they should have been easing cost-of-living,” Mr Purdie said.

“At a time when families need to carefully manage their household budgets, they expect their Government to carefully manage its Budget and drive-down costs for Queenslanders.

“Labor’s failures are costing Queenslanders in the hip pocket every day and Sunshine Coast residents are paying more because the Palaszczuk Labor Government has the wrong priorities.

“When a government fails to invest in our road network, it’s Queensland motorists who see their fuel bills grow through rising congestion.

“When a government lets youth crime get out of control, it’s Queenslanders who see their insurance go through the roof.

“Only the LNP has the Right Priorities for Queensland’s Future, including saving you paying for Labor’s failures.

“The LNP will prioritise structural cost-of-living relief for Sunshine Coast residents, while still delivering the services Queenslanders need and expect.”

The LNP will save you paying for Labor’s failures by:

  • Reducing Labor Government waste rather than hitting Queenslanders with higher taxes and fees.
  • Properly maintaining our power plants.
  • Driving-down the cost-of-living by reducing the impact on crime on insurance premiums.
  • Driving-down the cost-of-living by reducing traffic congestion.
  • Driving-down the cost-of-living by investing in natural disaster mitigation.
  • Identifying opportunities to reduce fees and charges.