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Queensland budget spends big on infrastructure 2017

Infrastructure projects are the big focus of Queensland’s budget, with $42.75 billion committed to transport, roads, education and health facilities, and the energy and water sectors over the next four years. Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the budget, which sees a small surplus of $146 million for 2017-18, would support 40,000 jobs in the 2017-18 financial year, including 22,000 in regional Queensland. Cyclone Debbie was said to have hampered efforts to provide a larger surplus.