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Tuesday, 4 October 1983
Page: 1311


Mr McVEIGH(10.50) —Mr Speaker, you will recall that last week the Australian Broadcasting Corporation brought to the attention of people in Australia that magnificent victory at Rhode Island. This week those of us who have the opportunity to watch ABC television will be most grateful to the Corporation for allowing us to relive those wonderful weeks in Queensland last year when Brisbane hosted the Commonwealth Games. Those of us who were there on opening day will recall that many distinguished visitors came to the Games. One special visitor and his wife received a tumultuous welcome which was obviously reserved for people who have a special place in the hearts and minds of all decent living Australians. That person was the Premier of Queensland and his wife who is a member of the other place. Quite obviously people are attracted to good solid leadership. They are attracted to winners. They like to get on the band wagon. The praise that was heaped on the Premier of Queensland will be reflected in the voting in the Queensland election on 22 October this year.

I am often amazed by the fact that those wonderfully spectacular events are shown on television when equally spectacular events occur which are not brought to the notice of most people. I want to bring to the notice of people in Australia that in Queensland spectacular events occur all the time. As at December last year, Queensland accounted for 16.01 per cent of Australia's population. The growth rate is 3.17 per cent, twice that of the national average of 1.7 per cent and more than twice that of New South Wales with 1.4 per cent. It is approaching three times that of Victoria's growth rate which is 1.2 per cent. Of course, New South Wales and Victoria are led by Labor Premiers. The net migration of people storming up to Queensland from the southern States of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia was, on a yearly basis 42,172; on a monthly basis, 3,500; and on a weekly basis, 800. We find that the sum total of the population losses in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia is considerable. People are leaving those three States to go to Joh Bjelke-Petersen 's Queensland. Last year Queensland gained 28,241 people from these States. New South Wales lost 15,771 people, Victoria 9,317 and South Australia 5,591.

People might think that this is just a short term gain to Queensland, but if we look back to three years, we find this trend was being reflected then. People want to come to Queensland to enjoy good leadership, experience stability, and live in a climate where people's rights are respected and acknowledged. In the last three years Queensland increased its population by 201,300. New South Wales , led by Nifty, increased its population by only 192,000, Victoria by 113,000 and South Australia by 29,500. That reflects consistent and steady growth for Queensland. People want to go to a State where there are no shackles, where people can go ahead and make a business investment, secure in the knowledge that they will be living in the lowest taxed State per head of population in the Commonwealth. The Queensland tax figure is $496.51 per head of population. The New South Wales tax per head is an astronomical $652.49. Victoria beats even New South Wales. It is top of the tree with a tax per head of $668.15. The figures for South Australia and Western Australia are $474.46 and $504.25 respectively. Honourable members will understand the position. I do not understand why you, Mr Speaker, a sound, sensible man have not moved up to Queensland where people pay less tax than in any State in Australia. People do not pay gift duties; there is very little land tax; and there are no death duties. The greatest barometer, surely, of any success in a State must be the number of--


Mr SPEAKER —Order! The honourable member's time has expired.