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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Treasurer, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and Minister for Sport
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    New Ministry redoubles efforts to create more jobs for Queenslanders

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

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

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    New Ministry redoubles efforts to create more jobs for Queenslanders

    The Palaszczuk Government’s new Ministry will redouble efforts to create more jobs and opportunities and drive the State’s unemployment rate below 6%.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the addition of Trade and Investment under Treasurer Curtis Pitt would harness the economic levers of the Queensland Government to drive more exports, attract more investment and create more jobs.

    “Queensland’s unemployment rate is now 6%. It’s down from 6.6% when we took office almost two years ago, but we can create more jobs and get that rate below 6%,” she said.

    “This week the Treasurer and I announced Queensland exports were a record $52 billion last year. Again that result is far better than we came to office – an $8 billion increase on the result for 2014.”

    Mr Pitt said boosting trade and investment is a key part of the Government’s economic plan that has put Queensland in a position to record nation-leading growth.

    “We have just seen ABS figures showing record revenue from Queensland exports of $52.7 billion in 2016 which is just one indicator of the strength and diversity of our State’s economy,” Mr Pitt said.

    “In just two years our economic plan has seen growth up, business and consumer confidence up, and our unemployment rate down.

    “I look forward to continuing to work with business and communities across our state, throughout Australia, and overseas to attract new investments and new industries to our State.

    “I will also continue to work with our traditional sectors of tourism, agriculture and resources and to encourage local manufacturing to further strengthen our growth prospects, strengthen local, regional, and state economies, and create jobs.”

    The Premier said Mark Furner’s appointment as Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships would continue the partnerships Deputy Premier Jackie Trad had forged with local councils and the Treasurer has had with ATSI communities and stakeholders.

    “Mark brings with him the experience of six years as a Senator for Queensland and a strong work ethic that he displays as the Member for Ferny Grove,” the Premier said.

    “Mark has big shoes to fill in both areas, but he is an extremely hard worker and is respected for his role as Committee Chair and for his earlier work in the Senate and the community.”

    Ministry

    Annastacia Palaszczuk (Member for Inala)

    Premier of Queensland
    Minister for the Arts

    Jackie Trad (Member for South Brisbane)

    Deputy Premier
    Minister for Transport
    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning

    Curtis Pitt (Member for Mulgrave)

    Treasurer
    Minister for Trade and Investment

    Cameron Dick (Member for Woodridge)

    Minister for Health
    Minister for Ambulance Services

    Kate Jones (Member for Ashgrove)

    Minister for Education
    Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games

    Dr Anthony Lynham (Member for Stafford)

    Minister for State Development
    Minister for Natural Resources and Mines

    Yvette D’Ath (Member for Redcliffe)

    Attorney-General
    Minister for Justice
    Minister for Training and Skills

    Bill Byrne (Member for Rockhampton)

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    Minister for Rural Economic Development

    Mark Bailey (Member for Yerongpilly)

    Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
    Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply

    Dr Steven Miles (Member for Mount Coot-tha)

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
    Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef

    Leeanne Enoch (Member for Algester)

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy
    Minister for Small Business

    Shannon Fentiman (Member for Waterford)

    Minister for Communities, Women and Youth
    Minister for Child Safety
    Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence

    Coralee O’Rourke (Member for Mundingburra)

    Minister for Disability Services
    Minister for Seniors
    Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland

    Grace Grace (Member for Brisbane Central)

    Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations
    Minister for Racing
    Minister for Multicultural Affairs

    Mick de Brenni (Member for Springwood)

    Minister for Housing and Public Works
    Minister for Sport

    Mark Ryan (Member for Morayfield)

    Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
    Minister for Corrective Services

    Mark Furner (Member for Ferny Grove)

    Minister for Local Government
    Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

    Assistant Ministers

    Jennifer Howard (Member for Ipswich)

    Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier

    Glenn Butcher (Member for Gladstone)

    Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure