AGGRIEVED: James Lister has been thrown from the chamber after getting into a heated debated with the Premier over Emu Swamp Dam.
AGGRIEVED: James Lister has been thrown from the chamber after getting into a heated debated with the Premier over Emu Swamp Dam. Contributed

Lister thrown out over Premier exchange

A FIERY debate with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has seen Southern Downs MP James Lister thrown from the chamber.

His frustration over Emu Swamp Dam got the best of him at Parliament House yesterday, where a "heated exchange" ensued, he said.

"I was calling the Premier out for her government's persistent obstruction of dam building and development. It is a shame that the only way to get the message to the Premier is to call her out in the parliamentary chamber," Mr Lister said.

"It's time the Palaszczuk Labor Government stopped obstructing this project and put jobs and drought-proofing and economic prosperity front and centre."

With $47 million on the table from the Federal Government, $23 million from local producers, all that's left is a further $12 million from the State Government.

"Even Bill Shorten agreed to fund Emu Swamp Dam.

"It will be the cheapest 700 jobs they've ever created," Mr Lister said.

He's also been left incensed by Tuesday's Queensland State Budget hand down.

"There is not a single additional dollar for our electorate of Southern Downs," he claims.

"It's an insult to the bush. Taxes are up and they're managing to increase our state's debt from $83 billion to a whopping $90 billion - to burden future generations with their debt - but none of it is spent in our neck of the woods.

"I have been trying to get the state government to fix dangerously degraded stretches of our highways but there's not a single extra cent identified for this.

"There isn't anything in the budget to fix them - just more papering over the cracks.

"There's $2.5 million for a study into improvements at Leslie Dam, but this is nothing new."

Mr Lister's words fly in the face of what Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad had to say when delivering her second State Budget.

"Mr Speaker, this is a budget for regional Queensland.

"A state that relies, more than any other, on the strength of the regional cities and towns.

"When our regions do well, all of Queensland does well," she said.

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