Re-elected Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will appoint her third-term Cabinet in coming days, and then move to finalise the delayed State Budget before Christmas.
After comfortably increasing her majority in the 93-seat Parliament, Ms Palaszczuk is poised to become one of Queensland’s longest serving Premiers. She will surpass the records of Wayne Goss and Peter Beattie during the state’s first four-year term of office.
Ms Palaszczuk will need to appoint at least three new Ministers, following the sudden resignations of Kate Jones, Anthony Lynham and Coralee O’Rourke towards the end of the previous term.
Ms Palaszczuk’s election-day rival, Deb Frecklington, on the other hand, has indicated she does not intend to stay on as leader of the Liberal National Party, reversing the position she outlined in her election night speech.
Broadwater MP David Crusifulli, who served as Local Government Minister in the Newman era, is shaping as most likely to take over the LNP leadership. Ms Frecklington’s deputy Tim Mander is also being mentioned as a possible contender for the job.
While the new LNP leader will have the task of sorting through the party’s policy positions and deciding what to keep, Labor will use the Budget as a platform for rolling out its election policies.
The highlights of Labor’s policies include:
- An ambitious highways agenda, including the so-called Second M1 between Nerang and Coomera, a $1 billion upgrade of the existing M1 between Daisy Hill and Logan, a “second Bruce” inland freight route to take trucks off the Bruce Highway, an extra $42.5 million for improvements to the Isis Highway between Bundaberg and the Bruce Highway, $430 million for the Townsville Ring Road and Bruce Highway intersection upgrades, and $112 million for a second Brisbane River Crossing at Jindalee in the western suburbs;
- Reintroducing local manufacturing of trains in Maryborough and Rockhampton;
- Spending $50 million to reduce the cost of irrigation for 6400 farmers;
- Providing TAFE and apprenticeship training to an additional 37,000 young people;
- A $74 million boost for the state’s tourism industry;
- $73 million to support country horse racing and to redevelop the Gold Coast Turf Club; and
- A new University Hospital in Cairns and a range of hospital upgrades and mini hospital campuses in growth areas across the state.
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