Queensland’s Shadow Cabinet will meet in Far North Queensland next week before Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk undertakes an extensive road tour between Cairns and Bowen.
Ms Palaszczuk said it was critical her team covered as much ground as possible throughout Queensland which was why the Labor Caucus would frequently hold Shadow Cabinet meetings outside of the South East corner.
Ms Palaszczuk said the Shadow Cabinet, including Far North MP Curtis Pitt, would meet in Cairns on Tuesday (July 17) and – along with Deputy Opposition Leader Tim Mulherin – she would then take to the road to meet with Queenslanders along the 600km stretch to Bowen.
The listening tour agenda includes visits to Mossman, the Tablelands, Innisfail, Cardwell, Ingham, Halifax, Townsville, Bowen and Ayr.
“It’s critical that our Opposition team is out there as much as possible – in as many areas of the state as possible – listening to Queenslanders and hearing their views on the gamut of issues that are important to them,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“It’s my intention that the Shadow Cabinet will do just that and that’s why we are undertaking this extensive tour of one of our state’s most important and fastest-growing regions.
“I’m passionate about our regions and I’m passionate about listening to Queenslanders in those regions.”
Shadow Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said all members of the Shadow Cabinet would be attending community events in the Far North, including the Cairns Show which opens on July 18.
Mr Pitt said he was looking forward to highlighting to his caucus colleagues the loss of funding for capital works projects experience by Cairns and Far North Queensland under the LNP.
“For example, since coming to office, the contribution by the Member for Cairns Gavin King has conservatively been minus $95.3 million,” Mr Pitt said.
“This is based on lost state funding of $38 million for the CBD project and $57.3 million for the Cairns Entertainment Precinct
“These were projects that were well advanced or shovel-ready and with the infrastructure slow down flagged by the Treasurer, he needs to start standing up for Cairns and Far North Queensland.”
Ms Palaszczuk and other members of the Shadow Cabinet are expected to arrive in Cairns ahead of the meeting on Monday night.