The new premier of Queensland Campbell Newman has cancelled the Premier’s Literary Awards for the year and announced that these will not be carried out under the LPN regime in the state in an attempt to reduce expenses.
The spokeswoman of the office of the premier made an announcement on Tuesday on behalf of the Premier and conveyed that the annual award distribution ceremony will not be conducted during the LNP government. She reminded the press of the motive of their party and said that LPN was “clear in communicating its plan to control government spending” in order to turn the government deficit back to surplus and lowering the cost of living for the residents of Queensland.
She also said, “As part of this plan, existing programs will continue to be reviewed to determine if the cost of these initiatives could contribute to this savings strategy. In light of this, the Queensland government has decided not to proceed with the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards in 2012 which will save Queensland taxpayers $244,475, not including the cost of resourcing the awards. The government would like to acknowledge all the sponsors, judges, stakeholders, entrants and winners for their valued contribution to the program to date.”
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