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November 10, 2020

QLD Election Results Overview

After her surprise win in the 2015 election, there were many who called Annastacia Palaszczuk the "accidental Premier". But after winning the next election in 2017, and after the millions of votes were tallied this year, it seems that Queenslanders have elected her to lead the state yet again for her third term in office.

This has been a somewhat peculiar election with the state's economy and borders both influenced by the ongoing global pandemic, but Premier Palaszczuk's unrelenting message about...

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November 10, 2020

The Election: An Overview of Promises

Here’s an overview of the election promises from the Labor Government: 

  • Introduce euthanasia legislation for the terminally ill.
  • Works for Queensland - $600 million promise - program to support regional councils undertake maintenance and minor infrastructure projects which creates jobs.
  • M1 upgrade between Daisy Hill and Logan to slash travel times for motorists.
  • No new taxes
  • Second M1 - the 16km stage one of the Coomera Connector – otherwise known as the ‘Second M1’ – which stretches between Nerang and Coomera.
  • Establish seven new "mini-hospitals" in...

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November 10, 2020

Election Promise - Coomera Connector

As the busiest road in all of Queensland, the Pacific Motorway has an average of almost 150,000 vehicles travelling daily on the highway. And now that Labor has won the election, construction of the highly anticipated Coomera Connector upgrade is guaranteed to go ahead.

The Coomera Connector will provide a 42km stretch of 6 lane highway that runs parallel to M1 between Loganholme and Nerang. Stage 1 of the new north-south corridor located to the east of the existing Pacific Motorway...

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November 10, 2020

Election promise for COVID Works For Queensland

As part of Labor’s strategy for economic recovery in Queensland, Premier Palaszczuk has created a $200 million program to be delivered in 2020–21 called COVID Works for Queensland. These funds will go towards a wide variety of shovel-ready projects across regional areas of Queensland.

Available to all state councils, the COVID W4Q program is a non-competitive and allocation-based funding plan which can be used to support the creation and delivery of jobs. This can include any new infrastructure, minor works, or...

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November 10, 2020

Promise To Build A Second Bruce Highway

Although this one is a little further out, we felt it was worth mentioning for cargo and freight purposes.

One of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s most discussed election promises has been her pledge to build a second Bruce Highway to cut travel times and move freight off the existing main artery route. The new highway planned to run all the way from the town of Mungindi on the New South Wales border all the way up to Charters Towers in the north.

Already...

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October 12, 2020

Budget Overview 2020-21

2020 has been a challenging year for us all and the Australian Government has released the 2020-21 Budget in the hopes of getting Australians back in jobs, in business, and spending money. All of this is designed to help us get out of recession – and it’s estimated that $1.7 trillion will be spent within the next 10 years.

Here’s a brief rundown of what’s included in the Budget:

Tax Cuts: Low and middle-income earners will receive tax relief of up to...

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October 12, 2020

Commercial Leasing Regulation Extended

Originally introduced by the National Cabinet six months ago in March, the ban on evictions via the Commercial Leasing Regulations were due to expire at the end of September 2020. Commercial tenants who have been impacted by Covid-19 will now get further relief after the Queensland Government recently extended the ban on evictions until the new year.

Under Queensland’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020, the operational period of the Retail Shop Leases & Other Commercial Leases Regulation 2020 was officially extended...

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October 12, 2020

Fiscal & Economic Review

In September, the Queensland Government released its Covid-19 Fiscal and Economic Review, eight weeks out from the upcoming election. The report summarises the economic strategy for the state and provides an update on the fiscal and economic estimations over the last and current financial years, which incorporates the impacts of the pandemic to date.

The review builds on Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan, committing over $7 billion to supporting Queensland jobs and the state’s economy. There were no surprising announcements other than...

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October 12, 2020

Green Buildings Incentive Policy

To help promote construction during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brisbane City Council recently announced the Green Buildings Incentive Policy. Under a new incentive scheme, developers who reach Brisbane’s new high green standards will only be required to pay for half of the Council’s infrastructure charges.

The housing industry, one of the largest employers in Queensland, and if the estimated 40% drop in new home builds actually eventuates, around half of all those who are employed in the industry could ultimately lose their...

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October 12, 2020

Land Tax Relief Extended

As part of the Palaszczuk Government’s mini-budget, it will deliver an additional $249 million in Covid-19 related tax relief to small and medium-sized businesses across the state. A 25% land tax rebate was announced by the Queensland Government, which will be available for eligible properties for the 2020-21 assessment year.

The most recent announcements are in addition to the $400 million dollar land tax relief package that was released in April. That announcement included a deferral of 3 months for 2020-21...

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