Mr HOWARTH (Petrie) (10:16): I want to talk directly to the people of North Lakes and Deception Bay about good news in Tuesday night’s budget. The people in Deception Bay and North Lakes know how congested with peak-hour traffic the Boundary Road overpass at Narangba is every morning and afternoon. I am very pleased to announce that the federal government will provide $84 million for this project, of which $34 million was announced in Tuesday night’s budget. I want to thank everyone in North Lakes and Deception Bay for signing my petition calling on the state government to commit their share of funding, which they have now done.
This budget is also great news for everyone else in my electorate, particularly for our small businesses through the $20,000 instant tax write-off and the 1.5 per cent company tax cut for those businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million. There is also extra childcare support for families and extra support for the pensioners in my electorate. I will continue to work hard for you and I look forward to meeting you in the electorate soon.