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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    More jobs, growth, exports, teachers, police, nurses and integrity: Palaszczuk

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

    More jobs, growth, exports, teachers, police, nurses and integrity: Palaszczuk

    The Palaszczuk Labor Government has delivered increased employment, economic growth and exports as well as boosting services with more teachers, police and nurses in its first 12 months in office.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her Government promised to “restore hope and opportunity” after three years of threats and cuts under the former LNP Government.

    “We are delivering. We are advancing Queensland,” she said.

    “Queensland has 60,400 more jobs compared to 12 months ago. Our unemployment rate is at a two-year low; from 6.6% when we came to office to 5.9% today.

    “Our economic growth is forecast at 4% this year. We will grow faster than any other State.

    “Our export revenue is up $5.6 billion compared to 12 months ago.

    “We have 290 extra teachers in our classrooms compared to 12 months ago.

    “An extra 266 police are being recruited this year, and funding has been committed for 16 new nurse educators and 400 new nurse navigators.”

    Ms Palaszczuk said her Government was working with private sector to generate economic activity in addition to its own $10.1 billion capital works program, which will support 27,000 jobs this financial year.

    Ms Palaszczuk said her Government had restored integrity, accountability and genuine consultation into the political process in Queensland.

    “Queenslanders have a Government they can believe in and a Government that believes in them,” she said.

    A list of key achievements of the Palaszczuk Government’s first 12 months in office is attached.

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    Key achievements of the Palaszczuk Government’s first 12 months include:

    Jobs and economy

    • overseen creation of 60,400 new jobs in 11 months
    • $10.1 billion capital works program in 2015-16 to support 27,500 jobs
    • $1.6 billion Working Queensland Jobs Plan
    • negotiated Stage 2 of Gold Coast Light Rail with other levels of government
    • helped facilitate a new wave of private investment
    • approved new State Government projects worth $1.4 billion in 2015 (list below)
    • stopped assets sales and scrapped LNP’s Strong Choices campaign
    • economic growth forecast at a nation-leading 4% this year
    • $350 million worth of projects fast-tracked under the Accelerated Works Program, creating more than 845 jobs sooner

    Cost of living

    • stopped the escalation of electricity prices – up 43% under LNP; down 0.5% (on average) in last year
    • frozen public transport fares – with an overhaul to come

    Integrity and accountability

    • provided stability – 33 of 33 government bills passed by Parliament
    • reduced threshold for disclosure of political donations to $1000
    • appointed an independent chair of Crime and Corruption Commission
    • Grantham flood inquiry – answers for victims’ families
    • reinstated job security and fairness for government employees

    Restored frontline services

    • employed an extra 290 teachers (above growth)
    • boosted school maintenance funding by $300 million
    • introduced laws for nurse-to-patient ratios, improving patient safety
    • employing an 266 extra police
    • funding for 16 new nurse educators and 400 new nurse navigators
    • increased health funding by $2.3 billion over four years in the first budget to cut the ‘waiting list for the waiting list’
    • focus on tackling domestic and family violence

    State Budget

    • $14 billion health budget
    • $12 billion education budget
    • $10.1 billion infrastructure program for 27,500 jobs
    • $180 million Advance Queensland program
    • $31.3 million Domestic Violence response
    • $52 million drought assistance package
    • $200 million Building our Regions

    New infrastructure investment

    • Building Our Regions $200M
    • Townsville schools $90M
    • Cairns Special School $25M
    • School maintenance $300M
    • Non-state school infrastructure $124M
    • Enhancing Regional Hospitals $180M
    • Western Roads $40M Marine
    • Infrastructure Fund boost $30M
    • Commonwealth Games roads $161M
    • Townsville Stadium $100M
    • Netball Centre $30M
    • Cultural Precinct expansion and renewal $29M
    • Recommission the Borallon Training and Correctional Centre $56M

    Protecting the environment

    • Saved Great Barrier Reef from UNESCO ‘in danger’ listing $100m

    Arts

    • Reinvigorated Queensland’s film industry: Thor 3, Kong: Skull Island, The Nest
    • Restored funding to the Queensland Literary Awards