I hope you will find this website useful in keeping you updated with what is going on in and around the Clayfield Electorate as well as in State Parliament. If you have any suggestions on how you would like to see our electorate improved please let me know.
If you have any issues please contact my office.
Tim Nicholls MP
Treasurer and Minister for Trade
Member for Clayfield
Part of our local involvement in the First World War, troops leaving from Pinkenba.
People’s Budget proves popular with Queenslanders
More than 16,000 Queenslanders have had their say on how to lower Queensland’s debt to a sustainable level through the ‘Strong Choices’ website in its first full week of operation.
Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the response to the website confirmed that Queenslanders were engaged in the discussion on tackling the $80 billion accumulated debt problem and the $4 billion in interest paid each year.
“We’ve had more than 76,000 unique visits to the website and more than 16,000 completed submissions,” he said.
“It’s great to see so many Queenslanders having their say on how to deal with the debt and deficit.
“The site has had more than 337,000 page views, so Queenslanders are delving down into the information there to find out more about the Strong Choices they face.
“This clearly indicates that despite the unions’ scaremongering and tricky tactics, Queenslanders know we have a real challenge to tackle that requires Strong Choices to be made.
“Queenslanders are telling the Government that we need to prepare for growth but we can’t do this without dealing with the accumulated debt of the last 10 years.
Mr Nicholls said the submissions to the website were wide ranging.
“The options people are favouring for reducing the debt include bringing private investment into the electricity network and selling or leasing port facilities; increasing tax on gambling and increasing mining royalties; and cutting sporting and first-home buyer grants.
Mr Nicholls said small but interested audiences had attended the four community forums held last week.
“People genuinely want to hear more about the state’s financial position and what can be done to free up funds for vital infrastructure projects,” he said.
Mr Nicholls said due to the Easter period, school holidays and the shortened week due to ANZAC Day, numbers for tonight’s Charleville community forum were too low and today’s Charleville forum had had to be called off.
“Charleville residents will have the opportunity to take part in the Outback Virtual Town Hall meeting on Monday, April 28," he said
“I’ll also be holding a round table with community leaders from the Charleville area in coming weeks.
“This is a once in generation challenge and as Queenslanders we know how to work together to tackle our challenges.
“Our $80 billion debt is costing us $4 billion a year in interest bills, which could fund 25 new schools, redevelop and expand a 300 bed regional hospital and construct 900km of highway.”
“There are 28 days to go before submissions close on Monday, 19 May.
“I’m encouraging everyone in Queensland to have their say on how to reduce the debt and identify their priorities by visiting the Strong Choices website,” he said.
To have your say on how to deal with the debt and deficit, visit www.strongchoices.qld.gov.au or ask your local Member of Parliament for a ‘Strong Choices’ feedback form.
Unprecedented Public Campaign to Tackle Unprecedented Debt Problem
Launching the Australian-first Strong Choices campaign, Treasurer Tim Nicholls said the unprecedented scale of the State’s debt, which now drains $4 billion in interest repayments every year, demands an unprecedented response if it is to be brought under control.
Mr Nicholls said the launch of an interactive People’s Budget website tool was the next step in continuing the conversation with Queenslanders on the Strong Choices we face to secure our future and pay down the $80 billion in debt accumulated over the last ten years.
“We have called this the Strong Choices campaign because that’s what is now necessary to reduce the $80 billion debt and the $4 billion annual interest burden it places on all Queenslanders,” Mr Nicholls said.
“To pay down debt Queenslanders face three choices – significantly increased taxes, reduced services or the sale or lease of some assets.
“Right now, the $4 billion interest bill is dead money.
“Our Government has big plans to build the social and economic infrastructure necessary for Queensland’s growing population, like roads, hospitals, dams, schools and railway lines.
“But to turn those plans into reality, we first have to deal with a State debt accumulated over the last ten years of mismanagement and waste from the previous Labor Government.
“This unprecedented level of community consultation and communication will enable every Queenslander who wants to take part, to have the opportunity to provide detailed feedback on exactly what their priorities for the State are and to make their own choices as to how they would reduce the State’s debt.”
“The People’s Budget is another way we’re gathering feedback from across the state, along with the community forums, Virtual Town Hall meetings and round tables with community leaders, which I’ll continue to hold in cities and towns around Queensland in coming weeks.
“I know the options we face are challenging and they are not particularly welcome. However, neither is the $80 billion debt accumulated over the last ten years and the Government must act now to secure our economic future.
“Queenslanders will know our considered draft plan of action for paying down debt by June, as part of the State Budget.”
Mr Nicholls said the cost of advertising the Strong Choices campaign was $6 million. This included advertising on television, radio, in print and online.
“This is an important investment in making sure all Queenslanders have an opportunity to have their say,” he said.
“Queenslanders can go online at www.StrongChoices.qld.gov.au or visit a local shopping centre information booth in coming weeks to use the People’s Budget tool and make a submission.
“Additionally, registrations for community and online forums are still open for people who would like to take part. Register at www.treasury.qld.gov.au/communityforums.”
New skills for Clayfield scholarship recipients
Kathryn Scott from Wavell Heights and Lilly Rumble from Pinkenba are taking their first steps towards becoming qualified workers in traditionally male-dominated industries, after being announced as two of the 120 second-round recipients in the Supporting Women Scholarships program.
“The scholarships support women studying in some of the state’s core growth industries including agricultural and environmental studies, architecture and building, engineering, earth sciences and information technology.” Member for Clayfield Tim Nicholls said
Mr Nicholls said Ms Scott was undertaking a Masters of Environment at Griffith University, majoring in Economics and Policy and planned to eventually be working in the sustainability field.
Ms Rumble, a recent St Rita’s College graduate has just begun a Bachelor of Engineering at QUT.
“Lilly decided she wanted to be a civil engineer after spending holidays working on projects with her dad, a local electrician and town planner,” Mr Nicholls said.
“She plans to have her own engineering firm one day, after spending time learning her craft and working overseas.”
Further information about the Supporting Women Scholarships program, including a list of second round recipients by location, is available at: www.supportingwomen.qld.gov.au