Queensland is setting the pace in economic growth and we should all take pride in it, writes Premier Campbell Newman.
Premier of Queensland
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Last week the latest quarterly report was released with more good news for Queenslanders.
We’re now setting the pace when it comes to economic growth and delivery of front line services and the results speak for themselves.
Up to 18,000 train passengers a day across the south-east are now arriving at their destination on time. We have worked relentlessly over the past two years to change the State’s record as one of the worst-performing to now, one of the best in the country. We’ve also added around 1,000 weekly rail services, meaning more trains are running than ever before.
In the area of health, we have a similar story to tell. Our elective surgery waiting lists are now the best in the country. In our emergency departments, we now have 78 per cent of patients being treated within four hours, compared to of 63 per cent just two years ago. Going back to about 15 months ago, there were about 62,500 people on the public dental long waiting list and today there is just over 1700. This is a great outcome for all Queenslanders and a fantastic turnaround.
Our tourism industry is booming. We are now the preferred holiday destination for Chinese travellers to Australia, with a record number of visitors in the past year contributing over $585 million to our economy.
Queensland families such as public transport as well as health and the economy are far better now than what they were just two years ago.
Other highlights from the quarterly report include a 36 per cent reduction in public housing waitlists and there’s more jobs being created in Queensland than any other State in the past 12 months.
But there is so much more happening in Queensland and I encourage everyone to have a read and take pride in the results.
To read the full report, visit www.premiers.qld.gov.au and daily on-time running figures are available via http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/RailServices