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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    2017-18 State Budget

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, February 15, 2017

    2017-18 State Budget

    My Government has already delivered two Budgets to create jobs, restore frontline services and higher growth.

    We are already working toward the 2017-18 Budget to be delivered on 13 June.

    Treasurer Curtis Pitt and I will ensure the Budget reaffirms the Government’s commitment to creating jobs and boosting frontline services, particularly in health and education where we have invested record funding across the state.

    Our strong focus on the regional Queensland - in terms of our capital works program, service delivery and our $1 billion investment in dedicated regional job and infrastructure programs – will be reinforced in the next State Budget.

    My Government is listening and delivering for all Queenslanders.

    Let’s be clear – blocking the budget would block jobs in regional Queensland.

    Blocking the budget would also block the wages of more than 200,000 Queenslanders, including teachers, nurses, firefighters, police, ambulance and child safety officers.

    There was a similar threat to block the budget in March last year.

    Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter described last year’s State Budget as “a win for rural Queensland and the Mount Isa electorate…. [and he] was thrilled to see money for key infrastructure projects which would create jobs and stimulate the economy in the bush.” 

    Link to Mr Katter’s Budget 2016-17 statement

    My Government will continue to work with the cross-benchers. By working with the cross-benchers, my Government has secured the support of the Parliament for 96 pieces of legislation in our first two years in office.