Queensland’s major parties are struggling to explain how they will boost private sector jobs outside construction and manufacturing.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.7 per cent in September, from 7.5 per cent in August.
Election campaign promises have thus far focused on major infrastructure projects, training, manufacturing and public sector jobs.
Littles has been pledged to stimulate hiring in major employers like private sector retail, hospitality and professional services.
Liberal National Party leader Deb Freckling says a promised $300 rebate on car registration will boost retail and tourism.
“That is a stimulus package of over a billion dollars into the Queensland economy by Christmas, because that supports our tourism industry,” she said on Friday.
“It supports our mum and dad shops, it supports our local fruiterer.
“We must get the money into the economy to support those industries that are doing it so tough now.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk insisted services were being protected by her strong COVID-19 measures.
She said easing social-distancing limits is allowing retailers and hospitality providers to employ more staff.
“Everywhere I go across Queensland it is encouraging for me to see Queenslanders is supporting Queenslanders, out and about wherever they can in the state, backing people and making sure that they are in work,” the Labor leader said.
Ms Palaszczuk laid into businessman Clive Palmer, who has been claiming in United Australia Party ads that Labor will reintroduce death duties.
The Labor party has written to the state’s electoral commission to ask the UAP to cease the ads.
“This is absolutely ridiculous for Clive Palmer to even be suggesting this,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It is definitely not true and I find it offensive, absolutely offensive, that he would be doing this in the midst of an election campaign.”
The premier said in relation to Mr Palmer, Queenslanders should be more focused on his calls to open the state borders and links with the LNP.
Ms Frecklington distanced herself from questions about Mr Palmer, including a report that he was pressuring a Southport rugby league club to campaign for the UAP.
“It’s got absolutely nothing to do with the LNP,” she said.
“What I am focused on 100 per cent is the LNP’s campaign, the LNP’s positive campaign, the LNP’s campaign that is talking about jobs and growing our economy.”
Mr Frecklington also dismissed a union-commissioned report into the risk of her aim for surplus as “complete load of rot”.
The Per Capita report said the LNP’s aim of getting the state back in the black by 2024 could lead to 42,000 public sector redundancies.
The LNP pledged $14 million for an x-ray machine to sterilise produce at Brisbane Markets in Rocklea.
Ms Frecklington said it would create 80 construction jobs and streamline the supply chain.
Labor made a raft of promises totalling $55 million in Caloundra, where they hope to pick the seat of retiring LNP MP Mark McArdle.
Ms Palaszczuk pledged $35 million for an arterial road and $20 million of the $68 million coast of upgrading the Sunshine Coast stadium’s capacity.
Queenslanders go to the polls on October 31.