Tim Nicholls
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Nicholls has now read report 'a number of times'

IN THE five days since Premier Campbell Newman admitted that even Treasurer Tim Nicholls was yet to make a sizeable dent in a 1000-page report into Queensland finances, the Treasurer has said he has now been through it "a number of times".

The Queensland Opposition, on Sunday, called for the government to answer questions on the so-called "Costello Report" - the document of findings found from the state's Commission of Audit headed by former federal treasurer Peter Costello.

Shadow treasurer Curtis Pitt again demanded the government release the report or answer questions about what it contained.

When Treasurer Tim Nicholls spoke to media at lunchtime, he said his cabinet colleagues would be given their first look at the report on Monday, so they could work out what it meant for their departments.

The government has said it would not release it to other MPs until after Easter, and the general public would not see it for two months.

The Costello report endorses widespread selling of government-owned companies to address Queensland's tarnished credit rating, but the LNP says it would take the plans to the next election.

The concept faces staunch opposition from the Labor Opposition and unions.

Mr Nicholls said a campaign launched by unions against the asset sales was one of deceit and disinformation.