One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson has targeted the Albanese Labor government over its budgetary decisions, specifically its approach to slashing spending in areas critical to Queensland's infrastructure. The government's current trajectory, according to Senator Hanson, seems to neglect the genuine financial rorts plaguing systems like the NDIS and Medicare, systems that if audited and managed properly, could lead to substantial savings.
“The Prime Minister won’t do the hard work necessary to ensure the NDIS and Medicare are sustainable and not subject to billions of dollars in rorts,” Senator Hanson expressed with concern.
She highlighted the ease and laziness associated with simply running a red line through infrastructure projects. To her, this is indicative of a broader neglect: “This demonstrates that Labor doesn’t give a stuff about Queensland, with $10.5 billion of vital infrastructure projects in our state facing the chop.”
Among the projects at risk, she underscored, are the crucial improvements required for the notorious Bruce Highway. Senator Hanson did not mince her words when she said, “Instead of putting up tourism signs calling it the Pacific Coast Way, we should rename it the Pacific Goat Track.” Her reference to the road's condition comes in light of the numerous accidents and fatalities that have occurred this year, bringing traffic to a standstill for hours and underscoring the urgent need for safety upgrades.
Senator Hanson continued to draw attention to the fact that despite vehicles being safer and traffic laws stricter, the growing road toll in Queensland is largely attributable to the deplorable state of the highways and roads. She pointed a finger at the Palasczcuk government, describing their efforts to curb the road toll as "singularly useless," and lamented that the Albanese government is considering cuts to these critical safety measures.
Turning her criticism towards other fiscal decisions, Senator Hanson questioned the funding allocated to projects like Snowy 2.0 and the rush to renewables, which she termed "Labor’s suicidal rush," with a forecasted need of $1.5 trillion. She compared these with the struggle of Australians, noting the billions still being sent in foreign aid.
Senator Hanson also broached the funding for indigenous organisations, arguing for the necessity of an audit. “Following the referendum, there have been increasing calls for a comprehensive audit of the [aboriginal] industry – something the Albanese government has continually refused to support,” she said, shedding light on what she perceives as an unaccountable 'aboriginal industry gravy train' that costs taxpayers up to $40 billion per year yet fails to close significant societal gaps.
Senator Hanson remains steadfast in her resolve that the government's priorities for spending cuts are misaligned. “These should be the priorities for government spending cuts, not vital infrastructure projects improving productivity and community safety in Queensland,” she affirmed. Her final words serve as a rallying cry, affirming One Nation's commitment to the cause: “One Nation will never stop fighting for these critical projects promised for our state.”