The debt owed by fine defaulters to the Palaszczuk Government is continuing to surge, with the most money owed by residents of Logan, Ipswich, Woodridge, Toowoomba, Caboolture and Southport.
LNP Deputy Leader and Shadow Treasurer Tim Mander said Annastacia Palaszczuk was failing to claw back cash that is urgently needed for schools, hospitals, infrastructure and to cut debt.
The latest SPER report reveals that the agency is owed more than $1.23 billion, up from $1.19 billion in May 2017 (see link below).
The response to an LNP question-on-notice has also revealed that the largest debt owed to SPER by an individual or company is more than $4.5 million.
The combined total of the top five highest individual debts is over $7.3 million.
Defaulters living in Logan have racked up the largest SPER debt recorded in any Queensland postcode – a total of $27,631,000.
The next highest totals have been recorded in:
- Ipswich (4305) – $26,124,000
- Woodridge (4114) – $25,129,000
- Toowoomba (4350) – $20,273,000
- Southport/Labrador (4215) – $18,844,000
- Caboolture (4510) – $18,332,000
"Defaulters are thumbing their noses at Labor and the entire SPER system," Mr Mander said.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk is soft on crime and she's soft on SPER defaulters too.
"This vast amount of money could be used to air-condition state schools or bust congestion.
"Labor's priorities are plain wrong."
Highest individual SPER debts: www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2018/1340-2018.pdf
SPER debts by postcode: https://s3.treasury.qld.gov.au/files/sper-debt-by-postcode.pdf