Annastacia Palaszczuk promises 'year of delivery' on one year anniversary of Labor Government
Queensland Labor's second 12 months in office will be a "year of delivery" with the help of the private sector, according to the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
The minority government was sworn in a year ago, two weeks after the election which ended the Newman government.
"What we've been concentrating on in the first year is putting in place the building blocks," Ms Palaszczuk told the ABC's Jessica van Vonderen in an interview to mark Labor's anniversary.
"Putting back Skilling Queenslanders for Work, restoring TAFE, making sure that young people have the opportunity to get back into work.
"Right across this state we have seen 60,000 jobs created in just over one year."
Labor has had to work hard to pass its legislative agenda, after losing MP Billy Gordon early in the first year, and riding out other controversies such as the resignation of the Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller.
It's time to drive to the next step, drive the economy, kick start it - and that has to be done working in cooperation with the private sector, we have to do this together.Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier
And critics have accused the Palaszczuk team of becoming mired in reviews and indecision.
Ms Palaszczuk rejected claim, but promised results this year.
"Of course I'm always prepared to make tough decisions but I will do them with the community's support," she said.
"We are working extremely hard. We've got ministers who are engaged, that are enthusiastic, we're delivering on our election commitments and this year we're going to see a year of delivery.
"We've got $10 billion of capital works this year. We've accelerated $300 million of that to date, there's going to be more over the next year and we're going to get people into work."
But Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged budgetary constraints - as well as job losses in the resources sector - limit the Government's capacities.
"We have to diversify our economy," she said.
"We can't do this alone. We're talking to the private sector, we're exploring new markets overseas, we've seen a downturn in commodity prices and that's why diversification is absolutely the key.
"It's time to drive to the next step, drive the economy, kick start it - and that has to be done working in cooperation with the private sector, we have to do this together."
Laws to wind back the hours that alcohol may be served are first on the agenda when parliament resumes this week, but other contentious issues are due to be finalised this year, including the fate of the previous government's anti-gang laws, and a review of the taxi industry.
'12 months in government, absolutely nothing has happened'
Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said voters rightly made their decision a year ago, but he questioned whether Labor had come to government with a plan.
"People did say about us that we broke our relationships and we accept that verdict," Mr Springborg said.
If you're still going around in circles and frozen at the wheel after 12 months, then you weren't ready for government and you're incapable of running a government.Lawrence Springborg, Opposition Leader
"But I think we were very good at government, the things that we needed to do.
"This government has been working on relationships and been very, very bad at government, to the point that they are reviewing, not doing."
Mr Springborg praised Labor's domestic violence laws and the planned move to four-year parliamentary terms, but criticised the proposed new liquor laws.
Apart from that, he said, Queensland was now a state of procrastination.
"Twelve months in government, absolutely nothing has happened," he said.
"That's not my verdict, that's the verdict of Queenslanders. That's the verdict of business.
"If you're still going around in circles and frozen at the wheel after 12 months, then you weren't ready for government and you're incapable of running a government."
Palaszczuk Government's first 12 months
Jobs and economy
- Overseen creation of 60,400 new jobs in 11 months
- $10.1 billion capital works program in 2015-16 to support 27,500 jobs
- Negotiated Stage 2 of Gold Coast Light Rail with other levels of government
- Approved new State Government projects worth $1.4 billion in 2015
- Economic growth forecast at a nation-leading 4 per cent this year
Cost of living
- Stopped the escalation of electricity prices – up 43 per cent under LNP; down 0.5 per cent (on average) in last year
- Frozen public transport fares – with an overhaul to come
- 33 of 33 government bills passed by Parliament
- Reduced threshold for disclosure of political donations to $1,000
- Appointed an independent chair of Crime and Corruption Commission
Restored frontline services
- Employed an extra 290 teachers (above growth)
- Boosted school maintenance funding by $300 million
- Introduced laws for nurse-to-patient ratios, improving patient safety
- Employing 266 extra police
- Funding for 16 new nurse educators and 400 new nurse navigators
Protecting the environment
- Saved Great Barrier Reef from UNESCO "in danger" listing
- Reinvigorated Queensland's film industry: Thor 3, Kong: Skull Island, The Nest
- Restored funding to the Queensland Literary Awards
- State Government "frozen at the wheel"
- Premier unable to make decisions
- Ministers under the thumb of union bosses
- Government departments bogged down with 80 reviews
- Jobs growth has slumped - 7,600 jobs gone in Mackay, 6,700 in the outback and more than 11,000 in southern Queensland
- Labor has no debt reduction plan
- Queensland's economy is slipping back while others are powering ahead
Source: ABC News