Queenslanders have been given a little taste of what to expect in the state budget on Tuesday.
The Treasurer has flagged support for the live music industry in a press conference today, while also insisting that the budget deficit will be lower than last year.
“We’ve done a lot to support the live music industry, and I’ll have some more to say around support for the live music industry on Tuesday,” Treasurer Dick told reporters this morning.
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It comes after Night Quarter, a venue that used to be stationed on the Gold Coast, had a music event shut down on the Sunshine Coast for not being Covid safe.
“In relation to the Sunshine Coast, I know Queensland Health has been working really closely with that business over the last few months to try and support them,” the Treasurer continued.
“These rules are there for all Queenslanders, we need to have covid safe rules to protect all Queenslanders.
“Our number one priority as a government is to keep Queenslanders safe, to protect them from the virus,” he added.
The government is also spruiking a big spend on skills, training and jobs for Queenslanders, to help them get ready for work and into jobs.
$460 million will be allocated to the industry, most of which will go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the program’s helped more than 36,000 people into jobs.
“Supporting skills training is part of Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” the Premier said.
“The $320 million funding provided in the State Budget ensures this successful training initiative is retained.
“In fact, 73 per cent of Skilling Queenslanders for Work participants have gone onto secure employment or further training.
“The funding commitment for four years ensures disadvantaged Queenslanders can gain skills, qualifications and experience to join and remain in the workforce.
“Another $140 million will also go towards a revitalised Back to Work program.
“I want to ensure small business owners have the capability to not only create jobs but they can access a skilled workforce to fill them,” the Premier said.
The Treasurer remained pretty tight-lipped on other budget details in a press conference this morning.
However, he has insisted that the deficit will be slightly lower than last year.
“When I handed down the budget last year in December I predicted that the deficit for Queensland in 2019-20 and 2020-21 would be the two largest in Queensland’s history.
“Now the deficit in 2020-21 will still be significant. But thanks to the rebounding Queensland economy, thanks to Queenslanders taking the health advice and obeying the health advice, we’re seeing our economy coming back, we’re seeing jobs coming back, we’re seeing economic growth happening across the state which means the deficit will be lower,” the Treasurer said.
The budget will be officially handed down on Tuesday at 2.00 pm.