Prime Minister Tony Abbott won’t say which Queensland public assets could be on the chopping block under his plan to reward states for selling them.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is standing behind his plan to financially reward states for selling public assets, but won’t say which Queensland assets might be on the chopping block.
The government’s asset recycling fund – which encourages the states to sell assets to pay for roads, rail and ports in return for a Commonwealth funding bonus – is yet to pass the Senate.
Mr Abbott said the plan was “a very sensible thing to do” as it would result in better infrastructure, ensure assets were more efficiently managed and would unlock capital for investment in areas where the need was greater.
On Wednesday, he would not be drawn on whether the Queensland government in particular, which is taking a privatisation agenda to the next election, had indicated what it wanted to sell to gain the bonus.
“Well look, I’m not going to kind of verbal the Queensland government and I’m not going to say anything about what the Queensland government may or may not be thinking about,” Mr Abbott told ABC Radio.
“We’re just saying we at the federal level support the idea of privatising assets, if that’s your choice … to reinvest the proceeds in economic infrastructure.”