City pensioner leads fight for referendum on asset sales

TAKING A STAND: Ted Bradley is unhappy about asset sales and is calling on the LNP to hold a referendum over the issue.
TAKING A STAND: Ted Bradley is unhappy about asset sales and is calling on the LNP to hold a referendum over the issue. Sarah Harvey

GOODNA pensioner Ted Bradley is the chief signatory to a petition calling on the LNP government to hold a referendum on asset sales.

The petition is being backed by the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller and the Not4Sale campaign.

Mr Bradley, who is concerned that asset sales will hit pensioners' hip pockets with soaring costs, told The QT that the LNP should take notice of their former leader John Paul-Langbroek who had some advice for former Premier Anna Bligh back in 2010 when her government proposed a similar policy.

At the time Mr Langbroek said: "The test of Anna Bligh and whether she is actually listening and hearing…is whether she will hold a referendum on this issue so the people of Queensland can express their view about privatisation."

Mr Bradley, who ran a ready-mix concrete company before he retired, said the LNP should also take any proposal to sell assets to the people.

"Langbroek said Labor should hold a referendum when they wanted to do it," he said.

"They want it one way when they are in opposition and another way when they are in government

"I am retired and I reckon selling asset sales will screw retirees. It has never worked anywhere else, and we will see prices go up and up.

"It has already hurt the troops that worked at Swanbank (Power Station) because they got the shunt. It is going to cause unemployment. For pensioners like me on fixed incomes, we are going to be the losers."

The petition is addressed to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland and states:

"We believe the current debate fails to recognise the clear fact that the assets which are being touted for sale and outsourcing are the property of the Queensland public, not a plaything for the current or future governments.

"Your petitioners therefore request the House to initiate the process necessary for a binding referendum to be held in accordance with...Referendums Act 1997, for a time within the 2014 calendar year, asking the people of Queensland the simple question:

"Do you support the sale or partial sale of state owned assets?"

Topics:  asset sales electrical trades union not4sale privatisation

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