CCIM chairman Paul Lancaster is contesting some of the reported figures on the cost of de-amalgamation
CCIM chairman Paul Lancaster is contesting some of the reported figures on the cost of de-amalgamation Trish Bowman

Minister says QTC figures stand

IT'S been called the battle of the bean counters, a David and Goliath contest, and now as the referendum gets closer, accusations of scaremongering dominate the de-amalgamation debate.

Both sides claim their figures are sourced directly from the Queensland Treasury Corporation.

One Capricorn spokesman Geoff Murphy, one of Rockhampton's wealthiest and most successful businessmen, said he backed himself when it came to managing the finances in large organisations.

CCIM chairman Paul Lancaster, a certified practising accountant, referred to his opponent as a builder.

"He's not an accountant, I am," he said.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said those pushing for Livingstone de-amalgamation and those against it had every right to air their views, and some of their financial predictions were coloured by their opinions.

"The Queensland Treasury Corporation's figures have withstood every question or criticism that either side has thrown at them, in every de-amalgamation area, and the figures stand," he said.

"They've been number-crunched from every angle... these are financial experts who have no vested interest in the poll result, except to provide correct information."

Mr Crisafulli stood by the QTC conclusion that the average cost per ratepayer in the first year if Livingstone de-amalgamated was $429, and the extra ongoing costs were $194 per year after that.

"They're the figures people should base their decision on.

"It's my job to help people base their vote on fact, not nostalgia."



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