The LNP will go to the election trumpeting the first budget surplus in 12 years but it's the fact it's the first government in 30 years to promise to build dams is what pleases Bob Katter the most.
The headline figure from the budget is $158 billions in tax cuts which will be partly paid for by a $7.1b surplus in 2019/2020.
The additional tax relief is for those earning up to $126,000 a year while the instant asset write-off for small business goes up from $20,000 to $30,000 a year for businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million.
There is also a one off, income tax exempt "power bill and the cost of living" payment of $75 for singles and $125 for couples to almost four million eligible social security payment recipients .
North West Queensland will benefit from the $3.9 billion Emergency Response Fund for natural disaster recovery efforts while Mr Katter praises the new NQ Water Infrastructure Authority established in March which he hopes will roll out the Hell's Gate Dam, Hughenden Irrigation Project (HIPCO) and Big Rocks Weir.
There's a lot of work to be done with only $54m allocated so for the two dams though HIPCO does better with $180m, which Mr Katter is pleased about.
"Hughenden will change the world as we know it. It is a template for 17 other schemes in North Qld and five in Northern Territory's Western Gulf," Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter was less happy there was no Queensland funding for remote housing in Indigenous areas.
"The removal of the housing scheme is disastrous. Probably 3/4 of the houses have an occupancy of 10-15 people in a house designed for 4-5 people," he said.
"We desperately we need to recreate the housing scheme of the 80s utilising work for dole labour, exclusively local Indigenous labour, and give title deeds."
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