Billy Bijoux pictured here on the corner of Fitzroy and Bolsover Street Rockhamtpon plans to take his message opposing Government asset sales to every street corner in the region. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Billy Bijoux pictured here on the corner of Fitzroy and Bolsover Street Rockhamtpon plans to take his message opposing Government asset sales to every street corner in the region. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Bill warns of sell-off impacts and campaigns roadside

YOU might not know his face just yet.

But if Bill Bijoux has his way, you will, and you won't forget it.

It is something he is counting on come next election day as he attempts to raise awareness of the LNP's Strong Choices plan concerning asset leasing.

Mr Bijoux said he had campaigned on virtually every roundabout and major intersection he could find in Rockhampton.

"And I shall be continuing to do that," he said.

The organiser for the Electrical Trades Union in Rockhampton said he would do roadside blitzes on weekends and recruit community members to join him in the campaign.

Yesterday, while campaigning outside the Ergon building on Fitzroy St during the morning traffic run, Mr Bijoux said he was hoping to capture everyone's attention as they drove past.

His aim was to remind people when public assets were created they were created for the government to manage them and return the consolidated revenue to the public.

"They just don't want to do that," he said.

"They are going to send that consolidated revenue out to a private consortium now."

Mr Bijoux said by going private, power prices would rise.

A spokesperson from Treasurer Tim Nicholls' office said the Strong Choices lease plan showed how the Government would pay Labor's $80billion debt, invest $8.6billion in infrastructure, and lower the cost of living for Queensland families with a $3.4billion fund.

"The unions have openly said their plan to pay down Labor's $80billion debt would be to massively increase Queenslanders' taxes," the spokesperson said.

"Their vague and wholly unsubstantiated claims regarding electricity pricing are blatantly incorrect, indeed the most recent Ernst & Young report from New South Wales shows for network prices we have seen much higher increases in Queensland and New South Wales, where the government owns them, than in Victoria and South Australia, where the private sector runs and operates them."

The spokesperson said the lease plan would be put to Queenslanders and if approved, would involve strict lease conditions.

"As well as potentially creating up to 25,000 new jobs, the $8.6billion infrastructure boost provided through the Strong Choices investment program will be poured into the things Rockhampton needs, like roads, rail, community infrastructure and schools," they said.



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