Queensland budget: More tax and debt as state weathers economic storm 2019

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad has defended the state’s ballooning $90 billion debt as necessary to shore up the state’s economy, while revealing expanded taxes will boost the budget’s bottom line.

Handing down her second budget as Treasurer and the fifth for the Palaszczuk government, Ms Trad said the state government’s plan was working to create jobs – despite predictions the unemployment rate would remain unmoved for three years – and she would “stay the course”.

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