You called us what?: Trad hits back at NSW Treasurer
DEPUTY Premier Jackie Trad has hit back at the NSW Treasurer who called Queensland lazy in the wake of the state's half-year budget, claiming our southern neighbour afforded things by selling assets.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet yesterday said the NSW economy couldn't continue helping out "lazy states" like Queensland.
"The people of NSW should not have to subsidise inefficient, lazy states like Queensland," he said.
"We continue to subsidise states that don't reform."
But Ms Trad has today hit back, claiming it was pretty rich for NSW to complain about how the Commonwealth treated Queensland, given NSW constantly had its hand out.
"Let's be clear, when Mr Perrottet says 'reform' he means asset sales," she said.
"That's how NSW funds things - by selling assets like electricity generators.
"Having sold the generators, NSW now imports electricity from Queensland to meet their shortfall - they rely on our public-owned generators, poles and wires to keep the lights on in Sydney."
The Deputy Premier said the $6.2 billion that NSW and Victoria received from the Federal Government for the sale of Snowy Hydro was quarantined from the GST calculations which Mr Perrottet was complaining about.
"Queensland received no such special treatment," she said.
"I encourage Mr Perrottet to look at Queensland's budget position - more than $2.1 billion worth of surpluses over the forward estimates, with the average Queenslander paying $1,022 less tax than the average person in NSW.
"Queensland is more than twice the size of NSW and is Australia's most decentralised state.
"The challenges in providing services like health and education in Mount Isa, the Torres Strait or Charleville are vastly greater than they are in suburban Sydney."