Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey
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Labor claims LNP government set up secret asset sales branch

THE Newman Government had been preparing to sell assets since 2012 when a "secret" group was set up in the Transport Department, Labor has claimed.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey told the budget estimates hearing that the Strategy and Renewal Branch had spent $30 million over three years on preparing to sell assets.

"This is an absolute travesty," he said.

He said the government had a "secret agenda that's now come out through the estimates process."

Mr Bailey said the SARB spent $2.5 million 2012-13, about $15.5 million in 2013-14 and $13.9 million in the 2014-15 in preparation for selling assets.

But former LNP transport minister Scott Emerson said the government was fulfilling its promise to consult before selling assets.

"People knew we were out there consulting," he said.

"What was important was we kept our promise to consult with people.

"We kept very clear election promises to consult with the public."

Mr Bailey said the former government spent more than $100 million preparing to sell Queensland energy assets, without a mandate.

Mr Bailey said this money was on top of the $70 million already revealed that the previous government had spent on asset privatisation.