Labor’s COVID self-promotion cash splash

The Auditor-General has revealed the state government’s brazen mismanagement of taxpayer money during the COVID pandemic.

Shadow Treasurer David Janetzki said today’s Managing Queensland’s COVID-19 economic response and recovery Report 3: 2022-23 shows the state government spent over $10 million promoting their Economic Recovery Plan but only $2.5 million on vaccination promotion.

“When governments are focused on themselves, they aren’t focused on providing for Queenslanders,” Mr Janetzki said.

“It tells you everything you need to know about this third term government.

“They spent four times more on self-promotion than vaccine promotion.

“This was at the same time when small and family businesses were forced to close and the tourism sector was at breaking point.

The report also recommends actions to “enhance inter-agency collaboration” and “consult with relevant stakeholders.”

“For a third-term government to have to be told by the Auditor-General to collaborate and consult on major funding programs is appalling.

Shadow Minister for Open Data Brent Mickelberg says the Improving Grants Management Report 2: 2022-23 shows the state government’s lack of interest in being open and transparent.

“The Open Data Portal is years out of date. Each Government department is required to publish its own open data strategy and some, like the Agriculture and Fisheries Department, have not been updated since 2020, he said.”

“The State Government’s Open Data Policy Statement has not even been updated for six years.

“What is uploaded to the portal is in no way user-friendly to Queenslanders wanting to access data. It’s like this Government want to make it as difficult as possible as a way to hide information.

“This third-term government has clearly given up on transparency and accountability.”

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