AFTER 20 long years in power, the tired Labor government had completely lost control of unpaid fines which have blown-out to $723.6 million*, the LNP said today.
LNP Shadow Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the total had soared by more than $100 million in the past 12 months and would soon top three-quarters of a billion dollars.
“Labor’s retiring Attorney-General Paul Lucas is out of touch, and not interested,” Mr Bleijie said.
“As his record as a Minister shows, he’s never been on top of his portfolio and he’s failed to redress this serious and escalating issue of non-payment of thousands of fines.
“Just last week Labor announced it would blow $130,000 of taxpayers’ money to pay consultants to come up with “new, innovative ways” to get fine defaulters to pay.
“In other words – Mr Lucas is not only out of touch, he’s out of ideas.
“The hiring of consultants is just another costly political diversion by the Bligh government.
“The State Penalties Enforcement Register office now costs taxpayers $13 million a year to run – with the 140 staff each managing on average nearly 19,000 files.”
Mr Bleijie said the LNP would push for fine defaulters pay up, or enter into payment plans, and if that didn’t happen, take action under the law until they did.
“It’s time for a change. It’s time to get Queensland back on track,” Mr Bleijie said.
Category Number of penalties Value
Total debts under active compliance 932,843 $234.9m
Total debts under active enforcement 523,668 $150.6m
Total debts under deferral 196,990 $75.4m
Total debts awaiting enforcement 1,030,095 $262.7m