Queensland Premier Campbell Newman shown on the election trail in Brisbane, Sunday, Jan 11, 2015.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman shown on the election trail in Brisbane, Sunday, Jan 11, 2015. AAP Image - David Kapernick

QLD election campaign fires up as parties prepare policies

THE Queensland election campaign will heat up this week with both sides expected to release a host of policies in their bid to win over voters across the state.

The Liberal National Party fired the first shot revealing a jobs plan it hopes will create 209,000 jobs over the next six years, especially across regional areas of the state.

Queensland currently has the worst unemployment rate in the country.

The LNP's Jobs for Tomorrow plan will offer financial assistance to employers to double apprentice numbers, create thousands of new training places and offer incentives for cadetships.

Premier Campbell Newman said on Sunday the government's plan was about real training for real jobs.

He said the 209,000 jobs figure was based on Treasury analysis of the government's economic plan which included the leasing of some state-owned assets.

"There are four elements to this plan but essentially it creates 26,000 additional training opportunities for young Queenslanders," he said.

"It creates more apprenticeships, it creates skills specific training, it creates cadetships and it also creates training opportunities for young Queenslanders from disadvantaged situations.

"This will ensure employers get young people who are job ready."

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Sunday that if Labor was to win the upcoming poll she would slash the number of government ministers from 19 to 14, which she claimed would save $27 million.

But Ms Palaszczuk would not reveal how she would go about cutting the number of ministers or what departments would be affected.

"This is about running a leaner and more efficient government," she said.

"These savings will go into putting into place more frontline services, more nurses, more police on the beat and more teachers.

"This is about being modest. This is about Labor understanding that we need to make savings where we can."

A supplied image obtained Saturday, Jan. 10. 2015 of politicians (from left to right) Annastacia Palaszczuk, Warren Entsch, Nigel Scullion, Jan McLucas, Bob Manning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Opposition –Leader Bill Shorten, Premier Campbell Newman, Lisa Newman, Glen Elmes, Curtis Pitt at the 'Keriba Omasker' Our Children’ Memorial Service– in Cairns, Saturday, January 10, 2015.
A supplied image obtained Saturday, Jan. 10. 2015 of politicians (from left to right) Annastacia Palaszczuk, Warren Entsch, Nigel Scullion, Jan McLucas, Bob Manning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Opposition –Leader Bill Shorten, Premier Campbell Newman, Lisa Newman, Glen Elmes, Curtis Pitt at the 'Keriba Omasker' Our Children’ Memorial Service– in Cairns, Saturday, January 10, 2015. AAP Image - SBS, Wayne Quilliam

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will hit the campaign trail alongside Ms Palaszczuk this week in a bid to link unpopular issues plaguing the Abbott Government to the Queensland poll.

Two separate polls published at the weekend have revealed surging support for the LNP government.

The latest Newspoll published in the Weekend Australian showed the LNP ahead of Labor 53% to 47% on a two-party preferred basis.

The result was similar in a Galaxy Poll published in News Limited publications which showed the LNP leading Labor 52 to 48% on a two-party preferred basis.

The Palmer United Party vote continues to plummet with both polls registering less than 3% support among Queensland voters who seem to have woken up to party leader Clive Palmer's antics.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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