The leaders of the state’s two major parties have teamed up to pressure the federal government to extend the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme that ends on Sunday, putting the jobs of 50,000 Queenslanders in peril.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader David Crisafulli, who have both spent time in north Queensland this month, say targeted support is needed for industries reliant on international tourism.
Ms Palaszczuk said the cessation of the program was a “really serious issue”, with Treasury modelling predicting another 50,000 Queenslanders will lose their jobs at the end of the week.
“They will not be able to make ends meet, livelihoods will come to an end, and I think that could have long-term impacts on their families as well,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
In a back-and-forth during Question Time on Thursday morning, Mr Crisafulli said the state LNP agreed.
Ms Palaszczuk: “If the Leader of the Opposition agrees with me, great, we will do a joint signed letter to the Prime Minister today”.
Mr Crisafulli: “Amen, but I will sign one if you do something as well”.
The letter, which was posted down to Canberra on Thursday afternoon, asks Prime Minster Scott Morrison to “back Queensland and extend JobKeeper for the thousands of businesses that will struggle to remain open until international tourism comes back online”.