A poll commissioned by the Queensland Council of Unions says the Liberal National Party would lose votes if it proceeded with an asset sale agenda.
The Newman government will be punished at the Queensland election over asset sales, a new poll suggests.
The June 3 budget is expected to detail the government’s decision on whether it will sell electricity generators and ports.
A ReachTel survey, commissioned by the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU), found 47 per cent of respondents would be less likely to vote for the Liberal National Party (LNP) if it adopted a privatisation agenda.
Only 16 per cent of the 1232 polled last Thursday said they were more likely to support the LNP.
Even 22 per cent of the party’s traditional supporters would be turned off.
The Newman government has spent $6 million of taxpayers’ money on its Strong Choices campaign, which asked Queenslanders if they would prefer higher taxes, reduced services or asset sales to help pay down $80 billion in debt.
Any privatisation would occur only if the LNP won the 2015 election.
Constituents polled were sceptical of the campaign and believed asset sales were a forgone conclusion.
A whopping 72 per cent believed the government was very committed or committed to selling assets or privatisation.
QCU president John Battams says the government should listen to Queenslanders instead of wasting money on misleading campaigns.
“Anyone who owns a business knows that if you lease out managerial rights, you also give away the revenue that comes,” he said.
“That ultimately means Queenslanders will be paying more for electricity. Privatisation would only occur if it secured a mandate.”