Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government has splashed more than $157million of taxpayer’s money to buy seven new planes-Zamkuwire - Zamkuwire.com

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government has splashed more than $157million of taxpayer’s money to buy seven new planes-Zamkuwire

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Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government has splashed more than $157million of taxpayer’s money to buy seven new planes.

The planes bought by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) include two luxury Gulfstream G280s and five Beechcraft 360s.

Premier Palaszczuk and her ministers will be able to use any of the seven new planes, which cost taxpayers $US101million ($157.63million).

QPS said the two Gulfstreams would replace the Queensland government’s Citation and Hawker jets, which were recently sold.

The new planes will mostly be used for services such as responding to disasters, search and rescue, organ transfers and police support.

 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s (pictured) government has spent $157.63million of taxpayer’s money on seven new planes

The seven planes are replacing what QPS said was an ‘ageing and antiquated’ fixed-wing fleet.

‘The two jets have been purposely designed with a utility interior fit-out to ensure they are adequate for a range of transportation requirements while representing value-for-money,’ a QPS spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.  

‘They will replace the older Citation and Hawker jets which had reached the end of their economic and operational life and were recently sold.’

Before the 2020 Queensland state election, Ms Palaszczuk said her government was ‘not buying a new plane’ and appears not to use the available aircraft very often.

In the most recently available figures, for the first quarter of 2022, Ms Palaszczuk spent around 10 hours on Queensland government flights.

Deputy Premier Steven Miles spent around 9.5 hours on such flights.

Pictured is the interior of a Gulfstream G280 jet, which the Queensland government has bought two of

A Gulfstream G280 jet of the type bought by the Queensland government is pictured in the air

The government’s Hawker jet was bought in 2006, under then premier Peter Beattie, for $17.4million to replace an eight-year-old plane which was sold it for $8.5million.

Neither Ms Palaszczuk nor her ministers used the Hawker jet since May 2021.

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