Labor slams Emerald job cuts
STATE Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has slammed the State Government for its failure to consult with regional communities before axing jobs across central Queensland.
Yesterday, Ms Palaszczuk said while immediate job losses were a concern, the flow-on effects had the potential to financially cripple families in towns such as Emerald, where eight job losses were confirmed by the government.
"In regional centres, every job is vital and then, if you are going to lose eight jobs from here, that's eight mortgages and eight people that won't be spending money in the town," she said.
"I just think it's going to have a huge impact.
"What we're seeing with this government is they are not taking the time to listen."
Had the former Labor government embarked on a state-wide economic reform identifying extra jobs, Ms Palaszczuk said extensive consultations would have been completed.
"There would have been a full analysis done and people would have been out here," she said.
"We did not have this on the radar, and it even surprised the local member (Vaughan Johnson)."
Ms Palaszczuk was joined by Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin as part of the western listening tour, which will take the struggling Labor party members from Emerald to Longreach, stopping in Alpha and Jericho, during the next two days.
Mr Mulherin said the rushed passing of the Public Service Act in State Parliament last week stripped thousands of workers of their job security, and long-term planning was needed regarding roads and developments.