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Labor will get people back to work: Palaszczuk

PICTURED: Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten joined Ms Palaszczuk on stage for the launch.
PICTURED: Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten joined Ms Palaszczuk on stage for the launch. Rob Williams

JOBS, skills training and education.

Those three core issues were front of centre of the Labor Party campaign launch at the Ipswich Civic Centre yesterday when Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke to the party faithful.

With youth unemployment in Ipswich approaching 20%, Ms Palaszczuk hit all the right notes when she said her party believed "governments should do all they can to work with business to help create secure jobs now, training for those seeking work or changing jobs and new jobs for future generations".

Ms Palaszczuk announced Labor's Working Queensland jobs plan that will earmark $240 million over four years to fund industry and community-based organisations to deliver training schemes to 32,000 job seekers including young, indigenous and mature-aged Queenslanders.

Ms Palaszczuk reinforced her party's desire to "rescue our TAFE system that has been torn apart by the LNP".

She announced a $34 million investment over three years that would create up to 100 TAFE teaching and support positions and fund new schemes in emerging industries.

Annastacia Palaszczuk is congratulated by former Premier Peter Beattie after the state Labor Party launch held at the Ipswich Civic Centre on Tuesday. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Annastacia Palaszczuk is congratulated by former Premier Peter Beattie after the state Labor Party launch held at the Ipswich Civic Centre on Tuesday. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

Labor announced key environmental policies to protect the Great Barrier Reef and $100 million over five years to improve water quality and a multi-million dollar Building Our Regions program.

A Labor government will also appoint a cabinet minister whose specific responsibilities will include seniors.

"By doing this, Labor will provide support services for our seniors and treat them with the respect they deserve," Ms Palaszczuk said. Labor announced $50 million for its Advance Queensland policy which Ms Palaszczuk said would "reinvigorate research and development and harness ideas to create the secure, knowledge-based jobs of the future".

The funds will provide 100 research fellowships, support female researchers financially and provide 20 scholarships for post-graduate students from indigenous and disadvantaged backgrounds.

Ms Palaszczuk said her promises were "modest and affordable" and would be delivered with no new taxes.

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