Speaking at CEDA's Queensland State of the State forum, Mr Newman said if his government is re-elected in 2015, some of the State’s assets would be leased to generate approximately $37 billion for the State Government.
As part of the Newman Government’s proposed Strong Choices Investment Program, a number of state-owned corporations would be leased for a period of 50 years, with an option to renew for another 49 years, he said.
These corporations include electricity generators and network transmitters (such as Ergon, Energex and Power link), the Gladstone and Townsville ports and the industrial pipelines of Sunwater, he said.
Mr Newman said the $37 billion generated from these leases would be used to:
On the State’s economic performance, Mr Newman said Queensland will be Australia’s leading state economy by the end of this financial year.
Mr Newman said Queensland’s economy is forecast to grow by three per cent in the current financial year and six per cent in the following two years.
In the 2015-2016 financial year, we will see the State’s first fiscal surplus in a decade, he said.
“So for the first time in 10 years… Queensland will not be borrowing more money and the debt will peak at $80 billion,” he said.