Queensland has recorded another day of no new coronavirus cases, leaving just four active cases in the state.
It came as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced her Government would commit to employing almost 10,000 new frontline health staff over the next four years if it was re-elected.
The 9,475 new jobs would be made up of 5,800 nurses and midwives, 1,500 doctors, 1,700 allied health professionals and 475 paramedics.
Speaking on day six of the election campaign at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Ms Palaszczuk said the state deserved the “best health system”.
“We need to make sure that we continue to grow … to give Queensland families the best possible care they can get,” she said.
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Ms Palaszczuk said the additional recruitment would be fully costed under the state’s current health budget.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles said the extra staff would “save lives” and pointed to the state’s COVID-19 response to date.
“We will continue to rebuild and continue to bolster those frontline health staff because they are what has kept Queenslanders safe,” he said.
Mr Miles also took a swipe at Prime Minister Scott Morrison for “personally running” the LNP’s campaign in Queensland during his visit to the state.
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“He is not a candidate in this election,” Mr Miles said.
“If people vote for the LNP they will not get Scott Morrison — they will get Deb Frecklington.”
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The Opposition Leader has promised Queensland drivers they will be $300 richer by Christmas under an LNP government, revealing a plan to refund part-fees on car registrations.
Speaking in the electorate of Mansfield, Ms Frecklington said about 4 million Queenslanders would be eligible for the rebate which would provide a “short-term stimulus” for the economy.
“This is all about getting money back into Queenslanders’ bank accounts,” she said.
“I’m calling on Queenslanders to spend that money on Christmas … spend it in our local economy that is hurting.”
Ms Frecklington said the estimated $1.1 billion package would be funded through “growing the economy and creating jobs”.
“Our costings will be announced in due course,” she said.
PM tells Deputy Premier to ‘grow up’
The Prime Minister has spent a second day campaigning alongside Ms Frecklington in the state’s south east.
While opening a new Defence manufacturing facility in Redbank, Mr Morrison joked about registering any newly built armoured vehicles made at the site in Queensland.
“Perhaps we might wait a few months … the rego will be cheaper under an LNP government,” he said.
Mr Morrison said he and Ms Frecklington’s plans to boost the Queensland economy while increasing jobs would “go together well”.
“Our plans of the Government that I lead and the one that Deb will hope to lead will mesh strongly,” he said.
Ms Frecklington said if elected she would make a $135 million “co-contribution” towards a defence industries technology precinct in the state.
“We want those advanced manufacturing, those future jobs to be trained right here,” she said.
Mr Morrison also hit back at comments Mr Miles had made about him, saying they were “careless and juvenile”.
“To be here to talk to Queenslanders this week about how our budget and how our economic plans are going to get Queenslanders back into work, that may have been something that has escaped him, but it certainly hasn’t escaped me,” he said.
“I’ve noticed that he’s made the odd remark about this and I’d encourage him to focus on doing his job and to frankly grow up,” he said.