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JOBS BOOM: Labor to splash $200m for regional jobs

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THE Queensland Premier wants the election to be fought on one battleground - jobs.

Promising a $200 million expansion of the Works for Queensland program in Bundaberg, Annastacia Palaszczuk said voters wanted proven job-creating policies.

Throughout the election campaign's first week Ms Palaszczuk has only pledged existing programs would be expanded. She is yet to announce any new policies.

"Let me talk to you about the announcements we have done so far - it is about jobs. There is one issue in this election, and that is jobs. That is the main thing," she said.

"What I am demonstrating and showing the people of this state is how our programs are generating jobs."

In contrast, LNP leader Tim Nicholls has announced new policies - so far on water and crime. He has also said his plan to reduce payroll tax would create 500,000 jobs over a decade.

But Labor maintains many of the Opposition's "new" policies are already in place.

Ms Palaszczuk said the reason for expanding programs rather than reinventing the wheel was because her government's projects were working and creating more jobs for regional areas.

Works for Queensland provides infrastructure funding for regional councils to get small, shovel-ready projects off the ground.

"My government makes a firm commitment, we will back councils in this state," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I want to pay tribute the mayors across Queensland that have worked collectively to back this project."

Councils across Queensland have widely praised the program.

Bundaberg deputy mayor Bill Trevor said Works for Queensland was one the "most exciting" government programs developed during his time as a councillor.

WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?

Central Queensland: $22 million

North Queensland: $36 million

Far North Queensland: $51 million

Whitsunday-Mackay: $15 million

Western Queensland: $35 million

Wide Bay: $40 million
 

Topics:  annastacia palaszczuk employment jobs politics qldelection2017

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