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Powell Media Release – Register now for Strong Choices community forum (14 April 2014)

Treasurer Tim Nicholls is opening the floor to the Sunshine Coast community to have their say on the best way to pay down the accumulated debt of the past ten years – the $80 billion black cloud hanging over the State’s finances.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP, said Mr Nicholls would hold an open community forum at Bokarina on 23 April, continuing the discussion of the Strong Choices which must be made to secure our future.

“Queensland is on the cusp of strong economic growth, but independent and government financial experts agree we will be held back by the overwhelming level of debt we face unless Strong Choices are made,” Mr Powell said.

“Queenslanders face three choices – significantly increased taxes, reduced services or the sale or lease of some assets.

“Before the Government decides on a plan to restore the State’s finances and pay down debt, we are making certain that we have heard from everyone who wants to contribute to the mature debate about the best way to deal with the accumulated debt legacy from the past ten years.

“This Sunshine Coast community forum is your opportunity to put forward the thoughts and priorities you want the Government to take into account as they determine how best to pay down Labor’s debt, reduce the $450,000 an hour interest bill and secure Queensland’s future,” he said.

When attending the Strong Choices Community Forum, registered people will need to bring their ticket and photo identification for entry. Attendees must meet the above identification requirements, in line with the Government’s current Community Cabinet policy.

Registration is at

ENDS- 14 April 2014

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