More than 400 people staged a rally in Toowoomba on November 24 ahead of Community Cabinet meetings angry at the State Government's position in relation to public assets.
More than 400 people staged a rally in Toowoomba on November 24 ahead of Community Cabinet meetings angry at the State Government's position in relation to public assets. Contributed

ETU accuses government of doublespeak over assets sales

THE Queensland Electrical Trades Union has accused the State Government of continuing with doublespeak over assets sales.

The accusation came as state owned power company Ergon Energy announced it will sell 3700 hectares of hardwood forests and its GPS technology business Roames.

The sale, reported in The Australian today could net the State Government between $40 and $60 million.

Electrical Trades Union state secretary Peter Simpson said the announcement showed that the LNP were lying through their teeth on asset sales.

"They say one thing, no plans for asset sales, while they do another, sell assets and privatise jobs and services," he said.

"It is truly breathtaking how they are getting away with such disgraceful behaviour."

Mr Simpson said in a letter to the ETU last week Energy Minister Mark McArdle stated the following statement had been up on the Queensland Government website for at least six months.

"The Government does not currently have a policy to sell state assets and remains fully committed to seeking a mandate from Queenslanders before divesting any government business," it read.

Mr Simpson said the State Government was selling network electricity assets without a mandate as they promised to do on a number of occasions.

"The forestry assets are strategic network assets that were developed to enable the timely and safe replacement of Ergon's one million hardwood poles," he said.

"The sale of this asset will leave Ergon exposed to higher costs and potentially unsafe alternatives.

"The IT asset which is up for sale is a strategic asset called ROAMES developed by Ergon to manage its 150,000km of power lines remotely.

"The ETU and the Not4Sale campaign are calling the State Government out on their continued misleading of the Queensland public."

More than 400 people staged a rally in Toowoomba last weekend ahead of Community Cabinet meetings angry at the State Government's position in relation to public assets.


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