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Palaszczuk pitches a united Queensland

 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has pitched herself as the leader to bring a divided state together if she is re-elected to government on Saturday.

In her address to the Queensland Media Club luncheon on Friday, Ms Palaszczuk hammered home her claim that a vote for Tim Nicholls and the Liberal National Party was also a vote for One Nation.

But she also said she would work to govern for all Queenslanders, not just the southeast corner, after polling showed regional Queensland looked set to abandon Labor in favour of the LNP and One Nation.

Meanwhile, Ms Palaszczuk has likened herself to Robin Hood as she defended four new taxes announced less than two days out from the election.

But the party won't be giving the extra money back to the poor, instead using it to pay down state debt.

Ms Palaszczuk says Queenslanders are comfortable with a small number of rich Queenslanders paying more tax, telling ABC radio: "I've even been compared to Robin Hood, so I think that's a pretty good comparison."

"These taxes are going to influence less than one per cent of Queenslanders. I think it's absolutely important that we are up front with Queenslanders."

The taxes include a hike for the owners of luxury cars, a new land tax category for large holdings, higher stamp duty for foreign buyers of property, and a new betting tax targeting agencies based outside the state.

They are expected to raise $163.6 million a year for the next three years and will mean the difference between Queensland having a debt of $80.8 billion, rather than $81.5 billion, by 2021.

"I think this is fair. I think this is something Queenslanders accept," Ms Palaszczuk said on Friday.

The Property Council has attacked the land tax increase, saying it is not just a tax on the big end of town and will have devastating flow-on effects for businesses.

"Many of the properties that will be impacted by this tax are commercial properties that are home to Queensland businesses employing thousands of Queenslanders," the council's Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said.

The peak body representing new car dealers, the Australian Automotive Dealer Association, says it wasn't consulted about Labor's luxury car tax.

It said there was already a federal luxury car tax, and Labor's "duplicate tax" could send buyers over the border to NSW, hurting Queensland dealers.