Queensland leads again on business confidence in Australia
"The latest survey again reflects the positive results of our Economic Plan that has delivered 71,700 extra jobs across the state in the past year; a jobless rate at a two-year low, and a growing economy,” Pitt said.
Queensland again leading with a rating of 7 on a trend basis, followed by Tasmania (5) and NSW (4). The national rating was 3.
Queensland was the only state where there was an improvement in business conditions on a trend basis — up 7 points to 8 points to be the equal second mainland state with Victoria.
"In just a year we have delivered a Budget surplus, created jobs, restored confidence, and outlined $10.1 billion in infrastructure spending for this year — all without the need for asset sales.
"Initiatives such as our Market-Led Proposals have been welcomed by business and industry as a way to harness private sector ideas and investment for new infrastructure or services.
"We have already seen two major projects advance to the detailed assessment stage under our MLP initiative — the $450 million Logan Motorway Enhancement project and the proposed $100 million Brisbane Cruise Ship Terminal. There are more than 30 MLP proposals in the initial assessment stage.
"We have also introduced our $40 million Business Development Fund through Advance Queensland to partner with the private sector and help turn bright business ideas into commercial reality." ■