Wages slump in Queensland as families feel cost of living pinch

Newly released ABS statistics have revealed Queensland workers are being left behind under the anti-worker, job-destroying policies of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

Queensland public and private sector workers received the lowest and second lowest annual increases in pay respectively out of the whole nation, both well below the national average.

LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander slammed Labor’s job-destroying agenda which has led to lower pay increases while cost of living pressures continue to skyrocket.

“For Queensland workers to be at the bottom of the pay rise ladder in the whole nation is unacceptable,” Mr Mander said.

“Essential fees like rego continue to be hiked well beyond inflation and private sector wage growth slamming families who are already struggling with high cost of living expenses like skyrocketing electricity bills.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is treating Queenslanders like cash cows with tax rises year after year as wage growth stagnates.

“Labor’s high taxing agenda is costing workers and hurting families.

“Only the LNP will build a stronger economy and create more high paying local jobs.”

Public Sector Wage Growth

State Dec-19
VIC 3.5
NT 2.9
NSW 2.3
Australia 2.2
TAS 2.2
ACT 1.9
SA 1.7
WA 1.2
QLD 1.2

Private Sector Wage Growth

State Dec-19
ACT 2.7
TAS 2.7
SA 2.4
VIC 2.4
NT 2.3
Australia 2.2
NSW 2.1
WA 1.8

Source: https://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/6345.0Main%20Features2Dec%202019?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=6345.0&issue=Dec%202019&num=&view=