Labor candidate for Keppel Brittany Lauga, the candidate for Mirani Jim Pearce, opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne speak to the media about asset sales outside Stanwell Power Station. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Labor candidate for Keppel Brittany Lauga, the candidate for Mirani Jim Pearce, opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and the Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne speak to the media about asset sales outside Stanwell Power Station. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

Labor’s Stanwell sale stand message to workers and voters

STANWELL Power Station would not be sold under a Labor-led State Government.

That's what Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk promised Central Queenslanders and Stanwell workers yesterday when she spoke to the media outside the power station.

Ms Palaszczuk is visiting Rockhampton for two days.

With the colossal cooling towers as her backdrop, Ms Palaszczuk stood solid when she told a small number of Stanwell workers that Labor would ensure Queensland's electricity network would not be sold off.

She claimed more than 700 Stanwell workers and 4300 Ergon employees could be on the chopping block under the LNP.

"Campbell Newman promised he wouldn't sell off Queenslanders' electricity assets, yet now he is," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Then there's the impact Campbell Newman's asset sales will have on electricity prices.

"Already we've seen record price increases under this government ... what will happen when the whole network is sold off."

Treasurer Tim Nicholls hit back saying Labor had no plan for Queensland.

He said the Government had put forward a draft plan for reducing Queensland's $80 billion debt and funding major projects.

"We've listened to Queenslanders and they've told us they're more comfortable with the option of leasing assets rather than selling them," he said.



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