Bad budget: Nanango MP disappointed
THE average South Burnett household has completely missed out in the latest Federal Budget and Kingaroy father of three, Todd Fiedler, said he is concerned for the future of his family.
Mr Fiedler said he didn't believe his family would be better off after the government's promise of a $420 rebate for primary school aged children.
"It won't help," he said.
"It's just another example of the government throwing money away.
"My concern is people will have to use that money on other household bills as the cost of living increases."
The 28-year-old purchased a plumbing business last month and said he was concerned about the impact of the carbon tax on his small business.
"Companies making the PVC pipes I need will be charged a carbon fee, which will be passed onto me and then onto consumers," he said.
"Consumers and everyday mums and dads will be the real losers in this budget.
"At the end of the day, they will be the ones who will have to pay more for services and then what will happen to the trades when people can no longer afford to build new homes or have things replaced?"
Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said South Burnett residents had been completely forgotten.
"Queensland really needed a boost from the Federal Government Budget, but we received no money at all," she said.
"It's very disappointing and the average family will not be better off."
Mrs Frecklington said the introduction of the carbon tax, which comes into affect on July 1, would mean struggling families would be even worse off than before.
"Every time you go to the shops, open the fridge or turn on a light switch you will be hit with the carbon tax," she said.
"I have three daughters and the Federal Budget gives nothing to families.
"The carbon tax is going to be a major detriment to households.
"The budget will not advantage average families and there will be no benefit at all."
Mrs Frecklington said the region had received no funding for critical road infrastructure, with a prime example being the nearby Bruce Hwy.
"Many of our constituents frequently use the Bruce Hwy and it was disappointing that the Federal Budget has ignored the urgent funding needs of all the communities along one of our major transit routes," Mrs Frecklington said.
Federal LNP Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said the Federal Budget was a major disappointment for the electorate.
"This year's budget demonstrates no plan to build a stronger economy, repay debt or create secure jobs," Mr Scott said.
"It's a confused budget. All it delivers is more borrowing, more taxes, record debt - and the world's biggest carbon tax."