Opposition’s trade tirade is anti-Queensland and anti-jobs

Apr 4th, 2014

The Labor Opposition Leader is showing she is anti-jobs and anti-Queensland with her cheap shot criticism of the Premier’s upcoming trade mission with the Prime Minister. 

Treasurer and Minister for Trade Tim Nicholls said the Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk was attempting to score some cheap political points at the expense of Queensland’s reputation as an export economy. 

“Does the Opposition Leader seriously think Queensland should not be represented on a trade mission being led by the Prime Minister to some of the state’s most important trading partners?” he said. 

“This is the first time the Prime Minister has offered all state Premiers the opportunity to accompany him on a trade mission. 

“It’s outrageous to suggest the Premier should ignore the market opportunities for Queensland in a mission that takes in our some of our major trading partners including China and South Korea. 

“Our export industries in 2012-13 were worth $56.7 billion to the Queensland economy in real terms. 

“That represents thousands of jobs for Queenslanders. 

“The Opposition Leader just can’t seem to understand that we have to maintain and grow our trade relationships if we want to ensure that our economy continues to grow strongly. 

“Ms Palaszczuk didn’t have anything to say when Anna Bligh took seven overseas trips between October 2009 and November 2011. 

“Her comments today are nothing short of anti-jobs and anti-Queensland. 

“Labor’s lack of understanding of what benefits the Queensland economy further highlights it has no plan to take the state forward. 

“The Opposition Leader would do a lot better to get behind the Premier’s efforts to develop and grow export opportunities that will deliver jobs for Queenslanders.” 

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