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Deb tackles new role to Get Queensland Moving
Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington says getting Queensland moving and delivering more investment for our regions will be the main focus of her new role.
Ms Frecklington, who is taking on the important portfolios of Infrastructure, State Development, Trade and Investment, said Queensland was stalling under a do-nothing Labor Government.
“The one thing all of our communities have in common is the complete lack of infrastructure being built at the moment,” Ms Frecklington said.
“I am taking on this role because I am absolutely passionate about getting Queensland moving and unlocking the potential of our state.
“I grew up at a time when Queensland was beginning our transition into Australia’s economic powerhouse – state development and catalytic infrastructure projects drove that transformation.
“At the moment we’re falling further and further behind states like New South Wales and Victoria under a Labor Government that has no idea how to deliver the infrastructure Queensland needs.
“There are amazing opportunities here in Queensland, and this government is doing nothing to capture those opportunities or attract new investment into our state.”
Ms Frecklington said the Palaszczuk Government also needed to do more to boost exports and enhance international trade.
“Queensland is an exporting state and we have world-leading businesses in areas like agriculture, professional services, resources, manufacturing and education, to name a few,” she said.
“It is an exciting time to be an exporter and we should be leveraging off of the good work of our Federal Coalition Government and capitalising on new free-trade agreements to better promote our home-grown products to the rest of the world.
“I’m worried this important area isn’t been given the attention it deserves, considering we’ve got a Deputy Premier whose major focus right now is making things harder for primary producers instead of opening up doors for them.”
Ms Frecklington said she was particularly disappointed regional Queensland had been short-changed by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.
“Regions like Mackay, Townsville and Cairns have seen huge cuts to infrastructure and this is having an impact on confidence and employment in those communities,” she said.
“The Labor Government’s State Infrastructure Plan was just a list of re-announced projects funded and put in train by the previous LNP Government.
“And all this government can do is blame Canberra for their inability to deliver for Queenslanders.
“Queenslanders deserve better, and I’m excited at this opportunity to work with this enthusiastic, energetic and experienced LNP team to get Queensland moving.”