|Don Collins - Photo courtesy Toowoomba Chronicle|
These words were spoken by Don Collins is the owner of Toowoomba-based NK Collins Industries, last week. His grammar may leave something to be desired, but his sentiments are unmistakable.
Don's business, which has been operating for 65 years has been placed into liquidation.
It has been struggling for a while, but the last straw was the Newman's government raising of royalties by 36%.
To quote Don -
"I feel betrayed. The State Government has treated us like a piece of s***."
"It is a complete joke.
"The people who are in charge of forestry in this state should not be in charge of a lolly shop."
This from a government that promised a small-business friendly environment in regional Queensland.
To quote from the LNP's website -
This is about getting government off the back of small business.
So getting of the back of small business means increasing royalties by 36%.
Two interpretations are possible.
They are incompetent.
They tell lies.
Don Collins isn't the first to have his trust betrayed.