Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Kevin Farmer

Business and unions first on new government's agenda

A MEETING with business leaders was the first priority for the new Palaszczuk government while a meeting with unions came in second place.

A union boss was not concerned about the order of the meetings.

The first item on the agenda for the new government, on Tuesday morning, was to meet with business and industry bosses at Parliament House to talk about jobs and the economy.

The afternoon was then set for the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Curtis Pitt to meet with union bosses.

Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams was not concerned with the order of the meetings.

"The way I see it is the first day has seen meetings with business and meetings with union, which is the way it should be," he said. "All parts of Queensland should be consulted, not just the big end of town."

Mr Battams was pleased at early indications of the new government's direction.

He said the union group met with former premier Campbell Newman only once during the LNP government's three-year term.

Union bosses sat around a table with Ms Palaszczuk and Mr Pitt on Tuesday afternoon.

The morning's meeting included slightly fewer than 100 business leaders and speeches from Ms Palaszczuk and Mr Pitt.

The business leaders were also able to mingle with the premier and eight other ministers who attended.

During her speech, Ms Palaszczuk said if any of the industry leaders had ideas for the state, "I want to hear them".

"The doors are open, we want to talk to you and most fundamentally, we want to listen," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk also said it was "essential" business and industry leaders were one of the first groups the new government met.

Mr Pitt said they wanted to talk up the economy and that leaders from various industry sectors were invited to Tuesday morning's meeting.

"We know that we had to send a very clear message early on, within a couple of days of being sworn in as a government, to tell Queensland business right across the state, we are serious about engaging with them and we are all about listening," he said.

- APN NEWSDESK


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