Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has marked the halfway point of her first full term with a vision for tomorrow’s Queensland.
After 18 months in power, the State’s economic performance was on the agenda as well as plans for the future.
Sacha Passi reports.
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A leader with a vision for Queensland.
Anna Bligh, Qld Premier: “We are striving towards the future. We are working towards a stronger economy as we diversify it and invest in new and emerging industries.”
The Premier says the construction industry will continue to struggle.
Anna Bligh, Qld Premier: “Holes in the market left by the flight of private capital in commercial and multi-dwelling residentials has been hit hard in Queensland.”
Recovering from the GFC, growing Queensland jobs and further infrastructure are at the top of her agenda.
Widely criticised for not being up front during her initial campaign, the Premier will have to work hard to regain the trust of Queenslanders.
Anna Bligh, Qld Premier: “With the benefit of hindsight we might have talked about it differently, earlier on, or talked about it in a more up front way.”
Within her first weeks in power Premier Bligh announced the sell-off of state assets and the scrapping of the state’s fuel subsidy. Voters say she’s doing the best she can with what she was given.
Vox 1: “I think Anna Bligh inherited a state of neglect.”
Vox 2: “I think within the global picture she’s doing as much as is probably possible.”
Anna Bligh has 18 months until voters head back to the polls to give their final verdict.
Sacha Passi, QUT News.