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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Palaszczuk Government keeps its commitments to Queenslanders

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, August 10, 2017

    Palaszczuk Government keeps its commitments to Queenslanders

    My Government keeps its commitments, from Coolangatta to Cape York and the Torres Strait.

    Before the election, we made 553 commitments to the people of Queensland.

    The progress report I release today shows – in office - we had delivered 484 – or 87% - of those commitments by the 30 June this year.

    Another 50 commitments are in progress and 19 were superseded.

    Today, the Attorney-General will address another commitment with the introduction of legislation to re-establish Drug Courts in our State.

    Our commitments to Queenslanders reflect our commitment to our great State.

    We have restored frontline services – in our hospitals and in our schools, and in our vital emergency services across Queensland.

    We have retained those assets paid for by the public in the ownership of the public, which allows us to put maximum downward pressure on electricity prices.

    We have regained confidence in our economy 77,300 new jobs have been created, exports are at a record $65.9 billion and industries like tourism, agriculture, mines and energy are performing strongly and attracting new investment.

    We have returned the values of dignity in work, fairness and respect for others in our State.

    We have reinforced a separation of powers, and we have re-established trust in how government works – my Government makes decisions in consultation, not confrontation, with Queenslanders.We returned portfolio Estimates hearings to seven days to allow proper questioning of Ministers.

    We appointed Directors-general through a merit-based selection process.

    We restored much of the arts funding that has been so cruelly slashed by the Newman Government.

    We reviewed public transport fares to provide for Fairer Fares for Queensland consumers.

    We established a Business Development Fund to allow our best and brightest small to medium businesses make their ideas and innovations a commercial reality.

    We have honoured our commitment that there would be no new or increased taxes, fees and charges.

    We implemented a Nursing Guarantee, with legislated nurse-to-patient ratios.

    We reintroduced civil partnerships, legislated for equal age of consent, and made an apology on behalf of the Government for historical homosexual convictions.

    We have employed more than 4400 extra teachers and teacher aides to improve education in Queensland state schools.

    Our commitment to the growth of tourism in Queensland has been evident through the boost to the Attracting Aviation Investment Fund and the Advance Queensland: Connecting with Asia Strategy, that has seen increased flights and frequency of services to various centres from Cairns to Brisbane.

    We honoured our commitment to provide funding for a new stadium in North Queensland.

    We reinstated third party objection rights for mining lease approvals, and restored the rights of individuals and communities to object to development applications without the prospect of harsh financial penalties.

    We established Jobs Queensland to provide advice to Government and industry on skills demand and future workforce planning.

    We reinstated Skilling Queenslanders for Work, to assist young people get into the workforce.

    We have secured a World surfing reserve on the southern Gold Coast.

    We established Advance Queensland, to support innovation, technology and science, and our entrepreneurs of the future.

    We have restored the rights of workers, and improved the safety of Queenslanders at work.

    We have increased police numbers, bring the total size of the Queensland Police Service to 11,900 officers.

    We have committed funding for a new residential centre for young people with severe mental illness to replace the Barrett Adolescent Centre, closed by the previous Government without providing any appropriate alternative care for vulnerable young people.

    As I travel across the State and meet Queensland, there is a new spirit of optimism, confidence and unity.

    By working together, we can ensure all Queenslanders share in our future.

    The fabric of Queensland’s society is strong.

    No longer is there fear of cuts or retribution.

    Those who talk Queensland down are in a minority and they only do it out of self-interest.

    My Government’s ongoing to commitment to Queenslanders is to continue to work hard – and where necessary, fight – for them.


    Link to the progress on delivery of the Palaszczuk Government's election commitments