from Sky News
Liberal National Party leader Lawrence Springborg has outlined his promises to secure support from Katter MPs.
The LNP’s only chance of forming government depends on securing their support and picking up the seat of Ferny Grove, if a court rules that a by-election is required in the Labor-won seat.
Mr Springborg has written to Katter MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth promising to scrap the LNP’s asset leasing plan and to end forced public sector redundancies.
He says he will honour all the pledges even if the LNP are able to form a majority government in future. ‘Importantly, the undertakings I give in this letter would apply even if, at some future date during this term, the LNP
was able to form a government without requiring KAP MPs,’
Mr Springborg wrote. ‘I believe very strongly that all sides of politics need to embrace this opportunity for a more consultative approach to decision making in Queensland.’
The LNP parliamentary leader said he would support Labor’s plan to cut government expenditure, but did not detail how his party planned to pay down state debt.
Mr Springborg promised to increase the payroll tax by $100,000 each year to boost jobs growth, to conduct a referendum on four-year parliamentary terms and to include cross-benchers on parliamentary committees.
The former two-time opposition leader said he would push for the integrity commissioner to attend all cabinet meetings where approvals and appointments were being discussed.
He also made a number of specific promises that Katter party MPs have been seeking, including setting up a Galilee Basin Development Commission and introducing a bill to mandate ethanol in fuel.
The LNP has also committed to honouring its election promises to employ more teachers and nurses and invest in an inland alternative to the Bruce Highway. –
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