LNP: Unpaid fines blow-out to $680m

UNPAID State fines have blown out to a record $680 million under Bligh Labor’s failed management, the LNP said today.

Shadow Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said in just six weeks the level of unpaid fines in Queensland had blown out $35 million to $680 million.

“It’s so bad, it’s scary,” Mr Bleijie said.

“The amount of unpaid fines is three times the entire budget for the Queensland Justice Department.

“Clearly, the Attorney-General Paul Lucas has no plans to fix this mess in the same way he walked away from the $220 million health payroll disaster.

“Paul Lucas and Labor have proved their mismanagement of SPER and non-recovery of unpaid fines is another Labor disaster.

“Questions remain unanswered about former Attorney-General Cameron Dick’s role in covering up the then $630 million in unpaid fines when he was in charge.

“It’s now blown-out to $680 million ….no wonder no Labor Minister, least of all Paul Lucas, wants to own up.”

Mr Bleijie said more than 145,000 Queenslanders had failed to pay three or more state fines.

“The LNP is committed to finding alternatives to allowing more than 145,000 Queenslanders to go around without paying three or more state fines.

“These fine dodgers need to be held accountable and made to work off their debts through community service.”


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