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    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Employment in Cairns up 0.4% following State Election

    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Friday, February 26, 2016

    Employment in Cairns up 0.4% following State Election

    Employment in Cairns is starting to recover from the LNP years, with the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showing a 0.4 percent improvement over the year to January 2016.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt said today’s data showed hundreds more Far Northerners were now in work following the election of the Palaszczuk Government.

    “We know Cairns is still recovering from the 5,500 jobs lost in just the last year of the LNP’s regime,” Mr Pitt said.

    “So I’m pleased to see more encouraging signs in the Far North, with 400 more people now employed in Cairns since Labor was elected.

    “However the fact remains that there are still too many people out of work, especially local young people, which is why we’ve put in place positive plans to give more Cairns people employment opportunities.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has accelerated $68 million worth of capital works for Cairns, supporting more than 159 jobs locally.

    “These include $25 million for the Cairns Special School, $13 million to repair the Cairns Convention Centre roof and $12 million to upgrade the Ergon Depot at McLeod Street and the Lake Street offices.

    “We want to make sure money which is spent on the regions stays with the regions, with local businesses and local tradies.

    “These will help boost employment, along with the Government’s existing initiatives, such as the $45 million payroll tax rebate for hiring apprentices and trainees.

    “Since we started the scheme six months ago, 110 Cairns businesses have claimed $101,000 in tax rebates and that number is continuing to grow.

    “This is a great sign of confidence returning to our region after the LNP stripped funding for game-changing local projects and left the Far North to fend for itself.

    “In fact the National Australia bank’s business survey shows confidence in Queensland has been the highest of all mainland states for seven months consecutively.

    “The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering policies that get Queenslanders back to work.”

     

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