Treasuer Curtis Pitt
Treasuer Curtis Pitt Chris Ison

Watercooler: Is it time we took out one layer of govt?

QUEENSLAND Treasurer Curtis Pitt appears to have pulled a magic rabbit out of the hat with his plan to reduce debt by billions.

And it appears he is doing it without slashing more public servant jobs or selling off Queensland assets.

It's a popular move, but many will want to see more about the fine details, particularly given Labor's poor record both at a state and national level on debt management.

Mr Pitt has assured public servants their leave entitlements will not be affected by the plan which targets preserved funding pools.

His argument is the pool is already well in surplus and leave entitlements will always remain 100% funded.

If that's the case, why didn't the LNP see that pot of gold?

But taking a look at the bigger picture, Labor's budget fails to provide funding for the big picture infrastructure projects that are desperately needed in this fast-growing state.

Unless we see significant spending increases on road and rail projects, motorists can expect to be spending much long in traffic, particularly in the major population centres like Brisbane.

The big problem, however, is that Queensland, along with its counterparts in Canberra, have big debts to pay down.

According to News Corp, overall debt, including money owed by state-owned businesses, will climb to $77 billion by the end of Labor's term in 2017-18, the same figure as when they took office.

What is needed in Australia is a fundamental rethink of our government structures.

Which layer of government would you take out?

This poll ended on 22 July 2015.

Current Results

Federal government


State government


Local government


None. We need them all


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

With an ageing population and growing demands on health, how long can we really afford to run three levels of governments with their inherent bureaucracies?

Should we be looking at controversial plans to broaden the Goods and Services Tax?

Should we introduce a property levy, as proposed by the Grattan Institute?

What do you think? Join our daily watercooler conversation by leaving your comments below


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