Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Jackie Trad (right) speak during the state government's 2019-20 Queensland budget media briefing in Brisbane (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)
Regional Queenslanders have been "unashamedly" targeted in Treasurer Jackie Trad's second state budget.
It's a shift from last year's budget, which was pitched at "all Queenslanders".
This afternoon, the Treasurer @jackietrad will bring down her second budget and our fifth.— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) June 10, 2019
It’s also our fifth surplus.
It has one aim: backing Queensland jobs. #qldpol #QldBudget2019 pic.twitter.com/iuBw1uGDpn
The 2019/20 offering comes after Labor's thrashing in the federal poll in May at the hands of regional Queensland voters concerned about jobs.
Ms Trad is spending big on those who live outside of Brisbane to keep local economies moving. The budget includes a big ticket $49.5 billion infrastructure spend over four years.
"Today I deliver a Queensland budget unashamedly focused on our regions," she said on Tuesday.
She says the infrastructure spend would support an estimated 40,000 jobs around the state, with 25,500 of these jobs based outside of greater Brisbane.
In her address to state parliament on Tuesday, Ms Trad said the gap between unemployment in the regions compared to Brisbane had narrowed from 2.5 per cent to 0.7 per cent in recent years.
It's something she credited on the government's previous infrastructure spending.
We believe that if you want to deliver jobs, world class infrastructure and stronger communities you need to properly invest in them.— Jackie Trad (@jackietrad) June 11, 2019
That’s just what Labor gov’ts do and that’s what our 2019 Budget will deliver more of – for you – and for every Queenslander.#qldpol #qldbudget pic.twitter.com/aVg1sfS1ZN
"In the last year alone in regional Queensland jobs are being created twice as fast as the population is growing," Ms Trad said.
The budget will also include a one per cent rate cut for regional small business employers who can prove 85 per cent of their workers are in regional areas from July 1.
In the 12 months to April 2019, the value of Queensland exports was $85.2 billion - the thirteenth consecutive month of record-breaking exports largely from ports in regional locations.
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