The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - AN­NASTA­CIA PALASZCZUK Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk

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.

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