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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queensland secures key Cabinet posts, now time for action

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, February 14, 2016

    Queensland secures key Cabinet posts, now time for action

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed the appointment of Queenslanders to key Ministries in the latest Federal Cabinet reshuffle, but warned action was now overdue on projects and initiatives across the State.

    Ms Palaszczuk said entrusting Queensland with the Ministries for Trade and Investment (Steven Ciobo), and Northern Australia (Senator Matthew Canavan) was consistent with the jobs, economic development and innovation agenda of her Government.

    "Since we formed government 12 months ago, more than 60,000 new jobs have been created in Queensland and our exports increased by more than 12% to almost $50 billion," Ms Palaszczuk said.

    "We need the Federal Government to play its part, and we urge the new Ministers to prioritise Queensland.

    “I also welcome the appointment of Jane Prentice as Assistant Minister for Disability Services. The delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme is a key objective for my Government.”

    The Premier said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull needed to commit to a series of projects and initiatives when he visited Queensland in coming days.

    These include:

    • funding for infrastructure projects across the State including:
      • Cross River Rail
      • Ipswich Motorway (Rocklea to Darra)
      • Mount Isa to Townsville rail corridor
      • additional Bruce Highway upgrades
      • Beerburrum to Nambour rail upgrade
      • repairing $18 billion cuts to Federal health and education spending in Queensland;
    • confirming the Australian Defence Force’s Pacific Patrol Boat construction and maintenance tender for Cairns;
    • matching the Palaszczuk Government’s $100 million for North Queensland Stadium, Townsville;
    • accelerating the timeframe for legislating and operating the $5 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility; and
    • guaranteeing cuts to CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology will not impact on jobs and services in Queensland, particularly the Australian Tropical Herbarium in Cairns.

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