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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Queensland exports hit record $65.9 billion - 48% higher since last election

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Curtis Pitt

    Friday, August 04, 2017

    Queensland exports hit record $65.9 billion - 48% higher since last election

    New trade data shows Queensland exports continue to boom with $65.9 billion in goods sold overseas over the last 12 months.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the growth in exports was important for key industries, including mining and agriculture, and creating jobs.

    "When we came to office in January 2015, Queensland exports totalled $44.6 billion over the previous 12 months.  Trade data today shows exports over the year to June were a record $65.9 billion," the Premier said.

    "Since the last election, 77,300 new jobs have been created in Queensland."

    Ms Palaszczuk said her Government's commitment to work together with export industries and businesses, and overseas customers was paying off.

    “My Government’s $35 million Advancing Trade and Investment – Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017-2022 is build on the state's strong traditional industries and new and developing sectors to boost exports and generate new jobs,” she said.

    Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Curtis Pitt, who led a trade mission to Asia last month, said a significant rise in the value of coal exports was the primary driver behind Queensland setting another record export total but exports of some agricultural commodities also rose in value

    Mr Pitt said one in five Queensland jobs are supported by exports.

    "Our Trade and Investment Strategy recognises that more exports mean more jobs, especially in regional communities," Mr Pitt said.

    “Queensland is clearly on the up and up under Labor’s economic plan to grow jobs, pay down debt and attract a new wave of business investment to Queensland.

    “Our economic growth was ahead of the national gorwth rate in 2016-2017 and is forecast to remain strong.

    "Our fiscal discipline has been acknowledged by global ratings agencies and as optimism resurges in our state under Labor the eyes of investors are looking squarely at our state.

    “We will continue to drive this momentum and off the back of a successful trade mission to Asia last month, we’re already planning another trade mission next month to keep Queensland’s brand and opportunities front of mind for international investors.”

    Media contact: Kerryn Manifold (Premier's Office) 0428 510 973 | Scott Forbes (Treasurer's Office) 0419 945 546