Thursday, 12 April 2012
Premier Campbell Newman slashes VIP box spending
By Steven Wardill From The Courier-Mail
A THIRD category of government spending is set to be cut with the dumping of taxpayer-funded corporate boxes at major Queensland sports stadiums.
Premier Campbell Newman told Cabinet ministers at their first meeting the Government would not retain any corporate hospitality boxes.
The ban on corporate boxes will also extend to all government-owned corporations, which will have to relinquish boxes or hire them out to private users to raise money.
The ban includes facilities at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Metricon Stadium, Skilled Park, The Gabba, Dairy Farmers Stadium, Queensland Tennis Centre and Queensland Sports and Athletic Centre.
"We will make no apologies for saving money right across the Government, because my team's top priority is to ease cost-of-living pressures for Queensland families and to do this we need to get the state's finances under control and get money back to frontline services,'' Mr Newman said last night.
"From what I have already seen, the finances of Queensland are in a bad way and we'll continue to make sensible decisions to get our budget back in the black.'' (Full Story)
Campbell Newman is off to a good start.