«And I think everyone will agree with me. It’s about jobs.»
Ms Palaszczuk gave her own working class electorate of Inala as an example.
«I know the number one issue they talk about is jobs; there is nothing more important than jobs,» she said.
Brisbane Labor MP Terri Butler raised similar issues when she spoke to campaign workers in her Griffith electorate on Saturday afternoon as she held off a strong Greens’ and LNP push to win on Greens preferences.
Ms Palaszczuk said her government strongly supported the resources sector, pointing to the Co-ordinator General’s approval of the Olive Downs metallurgical coal mine in the Bowen Basin.
Queensland’s coal exports rose to a record 223 million tonnes in 2019, Australian Mining magazine reported in January.
Ms Palaszczuk said this showed that «Queensland was an export-focused state and we will continue to be that way.»
She rejected suggestions the Palaszczuk government was delaying Adani’s Carmichael coal mine application.
«They have to go through the same process as any other mine application with the independent regulator,» she said.
«I’m not the independent regulator.»
But the Opposition Leader insisted the election outcome raised questions over the handling of the long-running application to build the mine in the Galilee Basin.
“This is a project that needs a fair go and it’s obvious that Queenslanders want the jobs,” Ms Frecklington said.
She said Queensland voters were fed up and Ms Palaszczuk’s government was «anti-regions, anti-resources and anti-jobs».»
«Labor took the people of Queensland for granted (and) that’s something I would never do,» she said.
«The outcome here in Queensland is a direct result of Annastacia Palaszczuk’s failures in areas like health and crime and public transport… (and) anti-jobs agenda.
«I actually think the voters are sick of it.
«I think the voters just want to see who their local member is, who their Prime Minister is going to be and actually trust what is coming out of their mouths and that’s exactly what they’ve got with Scott Morrison as Prime Minister.»
Ms Palaszczuk said she was heading to regional Queensland next week, something Ms Frecklington also plans to do.
When asked whether the Premier should be worried, the Opposition Leader did not answer the question but urged the Premier to re-think her decisions.
«We’ve got a Premier who is becoming increasingly arrogant. We’ve got ministers who are completely incompetent. We’ve got failures in almost every sector in Queensland and people are sick of it,» she said.
«Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to start fixing the failures of her government.
«If she wants a piece of advice, maybe she could sack a few of those incompetent ministers.»
Treasurer Jackie Trad said Queensland had not included the $2.24 billion promised by Federal Labor in the 2019-20 Queensland budget for the Cross River Rail project.
«No. We do not develop budgets based on hypotheticals,» Ms Trad said.
«We fully funded Cross River Rail in last year’s state budget. So we were not waiting on any particular election outcome.»
Tony Moore is a senior reporter at the Brisbane Times
Jocelyn Garcia is a journalist at the Brisbane Times, covering breaking news.