r Hughes, who lectures political marketing at the Australian National University, said Queensland’s significant debt has made infrastructure and public transport spending difficult to afford.
“You either need to increase your taxation base or you need, of course, to sell assets.”
The comment comes as the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Jackie Trad announced more bus lanes for Brisbane in an attempt to support the city’s growing demand for public transport.
Speaking to Ben Davis on 4BC Drive, Mr Hughes was critical of the state government’s proposal to enter public-private partnerships with US companies in order to build more transport infrastructure, saying such arrangements would be difficult in current economic circumstances.
“The thing about private companies, they want more than their share of money compared to a government because of course they’ve got shareholders and super funds they keep happy which is all our retirement, and they want their fair share of money back in return.”
They won’t just be happy with a three or four per cent return like a government would be, they’ll expect double than that.”
Andrew Hughes said that asset sales would allow the state government to borrow more money for infrastructure projects.