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Consultants ban a ‘threat to recovery’

QUEENSLAND’S economic recovery is under threat from a state government move to cut back
on private sector experts critical to some of the state’s biggest jobs generators.

The Infrastructure Association of Queensland says cutting back on external consultants threatens
the major sector critical for a healthy economy, with major operators already worried about the
lack of a work pipeline ahead of a looming September jobs cliff.

The State Government announced a suite of cutbacks last week, saying it found $3 billion in
savings without cutting frontline services, sacking public servants or selling assets.

IAQ chief executive Priscilla Radice said September was going to be a critical month as federal
JobKeeper and other support measures were wound back. “Improving certainty regarding the
expected flow of work would help to renew business confidence and lift private sector spend
again,” she said.

Ms Radice said the government’s moves to cut back on consultants and put assets in a future
fund “appear to be restraining economic recovery rather than supporting it”.
Treasurer Cameron Dick said: “Cutting back spending on unnecessary contractors and
consultants means more money can be spent on infrastructure and jobs for Queenslanders.”