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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier's address to the Founding Assembly of the Queensland Community Alliance

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, August 30, 2017

    Premier's address to the Founding Assembly of the Queensland Community Alliance

    To the Co-Chairs, thank-you for the invitation to be part of this historic event.

    This is an unprecedented gathering of such a diverse group of dedicated community workers and their representatives.

    On behalf of all Queenslanders please accept my thanks for your service and your dedication to our State.

    Firstly, I do recognise the Alliance as organised civil society and I regard you as a partner in restoring hope and opportunity across Queensland.

    The work to forge this Alliance started in many dark days more than four years ago – when thousands of Queenslanders – many for the first time – took to the streets to defend basic services for their fellow Queenslanders.

    My commitment to Queenslanders then – and since - is for a Queensland of progress, not protest, a Queensland where we pull together not apart, and a Queensland that is united not divided.

    Your work in our communities every day and in times of need – such as during natural disasters like Tropical Cyclone Debbie – strengthens the fabric of our society.

    Secondly, my Government is determined to ensure Queenslanders – no matter their age or their post code – can access quality health and care services.

    To date, we have employed an extra 3170 nurses, 1190 doctors and 250 ambulance officers for frontline services.

    We have made some landmark decisions so far.

    We mandated – in law - a minimum number of nurses to patients in our public sector health facilities. For the sick, it means better care in our hospitals, and for our nurses there will be more manageable and safer workloads.

    We will build a replacement Barrett Adolescent Centre after the previous facility for young Queenslanders with complex mental illness was closed, with tragic consequences.

    We stopped the planned closure of government-run nursing homes, like Eventide at Brighton.

    We are increasing consumer protections for Queensland seniors in retirement, with new laws to cover retirement villages and manufactured homes. My grandmother recently moved into a nursing home and the paperwork is too complex and frankly, too frightening for our seniors.

    Thirdly, my Government is determined to ensure Queenslanders are ready for the work and that there are jobs ready for them.

    Since the last election, 94,500 jobs have been created in Queensland.

    Upon coming to office, we restored the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program - that was cut five years ago.

    I am pleased to say that 9,000 Queenslanders are now in jobs and more than 14,000 have completed training because of that program.

    On education, I must declare a bias – my father was a teacher and two of my sisters are teachers.

    Teaching is the only profession that creates all professions – we never stop learning.

    In our schools, we have employed an extra 3095 teachers and teacher aides.

    We will build extra schools in growing communities, including the first new inner city schools for Brisbane since 1963.

    Finally, for as long as I have the privilege to be Premier of Queensland, my door – and that of my Ministers - will be always open.

    Our commitments before the last election were developed in consultation, and already we have delivered 484 of our 553 commitments.

    Your input has been invaluable and your trust has been respected.

    We know the importance of community to who we are and what we – as a people - can be.

    I also commit to reporting back to this Assembly in the next term of office on what we can achieve - working together.