Trade partners turn to states: Palaszczuk

Sonia Kohlbacher
(Australian Associated Press)


Australia’s trading partners will become increasingly reliant on state governments to avoid the turbulence playing out in the ranks of the country’s leadership, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

Ms Palaszczuk pointed to Japan’s dependence on Queensland as a future energy source, the delivery of coding lessons in classrooms and the use of artificial intelligence at QIMR as examples of the golden age she says the state’s economy is about to enter.

But during her annual address on the shape of Queensland’s economic future on Wednesday, the premier predicted stronger relationships between world leaders and state governments to avoid the instability caused by a continual change in leadership.

“When I travel overseas for my position as premier and minister for trade, people want stability at a federal level and it’s just something that’s not there at the moment,” she said after her State of the State address in Brisbane.

“I think what you’ll see now is a bit more of a build up of relationships with those governments and the states.

“They do a lot of dealings with the states because they’re not getting that certainty from a federal level and frankly I think that’s what we do need.”

Ms Palaszczuk said she believes the regular change in Prime Minister means Queenslanders are worse off than Victoria and New South Wales.

“We haven’t been getting that fair share,” she added.

“We see billions of dollars being spent down south and we pay taxes just like everybody else and it would be good to see a bit more of a working partnership with the federal government in terms of delivering the infrastructure that we need.”

Ms Palaszczuk announced the release of a discussion paper to hear from industry about how to grow Queensland’s hydrogen sector and marvelled at the $75.3 billion in exports in the 12 months to July, more than NSW and Victoria combined.

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