Member for Glass House Andrew Powell.
Member for Glass House Andrew Powell. Stuart Cumming

State MP says manufacturing tax could devastate industry

SHADOW Manufacturing Minister and Glass House MP Andrew Powell has warned a State Government manufacturing tax could devastate the industry.

He said more than 18,000 jobs had been lost in Brisbane, Townsville, Toowoomba, Mackay and Cairns.

He said well over half of all domestic gas consumption was being used by Queensland manufacturers and Labor's new half a billion dollar tax would destroy "thousands of jobs".

Mr Powell said the LNP would create a $20 million fund to support the sector and impose no new taxes.