GETTING ON WITH JOB
PRIOR to the last election, I promised the people of Queensland to restore hope and opportunity.
The best source of hope and opportunity is the dignity of a job. Three years ago, as Campbell Newman’s treasurer, Tim Nicholls told this newspaper our state’s unemployment was “steady as she goes” at a decade high of 6.7 per cent. That’s not good enough. In the past 1000 days, my Government has worked with business and industry to create 122,500 jobs and bring our unemployment rate down to 5.9 per cent.
We have reset our economy for growth – with nation-leading job creation and record exports exceeding $70 billion for the first time, with rebounding resources, agriculture, tourism and construction sectors. We have achieved this through investments in infrastructure, delivering a State Infrastructure Plan that had been missing for three years, as well as programs to support the unemployed to get the skills they need, and incentives for employers to recruit the jobseekers they want.
We are delivering a growing economy that works for the many, not for the few.
We are delivering the services Queenslanders need, through record investments in health and education.
More doctors and nurses in upgraded hospitals, more teachers and teacher aides for new and upgraded schools, as well as more police, ambulance officers, firefighters and child safety officers working in our community.
Tim Nicholls cut 14,000 government workers, weakening the frontline, hurting regional economies and depleting the services that could be provided.
We are restoring staff and services, alongside concerted efforts to invest to protect existing privatesector jobs, attract new job-creating industries, and make our manufacturers more internationally competitive so that goods are Queensland made. We have secured new bio refineries in Gladstone and Mackay, as well as servicing for Qantas Dreamliners and a new manufacturing plant in the southeast.
Growing the economy for all means setting new frontiers in agriculture, small business, resources, tourism and major events, biofuels, medical technology, defence, aviation, start-ups, information technology and renewable energy.
It means providing opportunities for all Queenslanders through affordable access to skills and training, maximising job opportunities right across the state.
It means supporting affordable housing so young people have the opportunity to own their home and share in the returns from a growing property market.
It means keeping our strategic assets – including electricity, port, water and rail assets – in public ownership so the returns are shared with Queenslanders not sent off shore. It means delivering infrastructure – such as our 15- year plan for that crucial economic artery, the Bruce Highway, or expansion of our ports in Townsville and Cairns – to open up supply chains boosting exports and job opportunities.
I renew my commitment to govern for all Queenslanders with a comprehensive plan to grow the economy for all.
Only a re-elected Labor government will fight for jobs, deliver services and provide stability for investment.
Only my Government will put Queenslanders first.