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Secret plan for schools to get revenue from fast food

FAST food outlets could soon be seen in schools across the state under the Palaszczuk Labor Government's secret economic plan for Queensland, shadow education minister Tim Mander said.

Mr Mander said Labor's secret plan, which includes 57 election commitments, would encourage fast food outlets to advertise and use school facilities to give Queensland schools the chance to earn extra revenue.

"It's bad enough Labor is planning to tax state schools, but this secret proposal gives fast food outlets the potential to use schools to drive their brands," Mr Mander said.

"Queensland is facing an obesity state of emergency and I doubt parents would be too pleased with Palaszczuk Labor Government's plans.

"With so many fast food outlets already in walking distance of Queensland state schools, this secret plan is just giving these outlets the opportunity to infiltrate schools with advertising.

"What's next; fast food at the school tuckshop?" Mr Mander said the Palaszczuk Labor Government's secret economic plan, which included existing government programs, Labor's own election commitments and proposed new initiatives, was proof Labor was so desperate it was making it up as they went.

"The Premier has denied this secret plan is her plan. If this isn't the real plan then where is her government's plan?"

Meanwhile Education Minister Kate Jones said the state opposition was deliberately misleading Queensland families.

"It is shameful that Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg is trying to score cheap political points by scaring the families of Queensland's 520,000 students that choose state education," she said.

"The Palaszczuk Government will never ever consider means testing public education.

"The only government that has ever pushed to means test state education is the Federal Coalition Government.

"When it was exposed that the Federal Government was considering this back in June this year I said it would happen over my dead body, and I stand by that."

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