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ETU calls for QLD energy to remain public

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The Electrical Trade Union (ETU) has come out against what it says is the Queensland government's intention on selling energy assets.

ETU state secretary Peter Simpson said that state treasurer Tim Nicholls has contradicted premier Campbell Newman's stance on keeping assets in public hands.

The Australian Financial Review reported that the yet-to-be released Costello Commission of Audit, which was given the task of finding ways of getting the state out of debt, recommended that the state government should sell its electrical assets.

Mr Simpson said: "The government is saying one thing and planning another.

"During a Channel 7 interview just two days ago the premier said he was opposed to asset sales and today his treasurer reveals he is planning just that, we call on the LNP to release the report and come clean with the Queensland public."

The state secretary added that the only result from the sale of assets would be 50,000 job losses, rising electricity prices and cuts to public funding - such as schools and public transport.

Mr Simpson also claimed that the treasurer has been known to make his liking for budget restraints known - restraints that can be achieved through privatisation - a practice that has been undertaken in Victoria.

Posted by Charlie Moore