FLANKED by heavy machinery and hard hats the LNP visited Rock Trade Industries in Helidon, outside of Toowoomba, this afternoon to further push its economic plan amid concerns its jobs promise is fixing a problem the party left behind.
Leader Tim Nicholls with his team and Lockyer candidate Jim McDonald visited the sandstone quarry that lies within One Nation heartland.
The Opposition Leader said the ambitious plan was about providing hope and optimism for Queenslanders.
"One of the key components is the payroll tax threshold exemption," he said.
"Here at Rock Trade Industries, it's exactly Queensland businesses like this that will benefit from the policy that we announce."
But speaking in Brisbane, Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the 10-year announcement was filled with hollow promises with the LNP having left a 6.6 per cent unemployment rate during its 2015 term.
"If we recall he (Nicholls) promised no one had anything to fear before he got elected into Treasurer's position and in his first speech sacked 14,000 workers," she said.
"Labor has created 122,500 jobs since being elected.
"I think 500,000 is a promise that Tim Nicholls broke when he said no one had anything to fear."
EARLIER: LNP leader Tim Nicholls has swooped into the marginal seat of Springwood to announce his party's mass jobs creation promise however has remained quiet on how he will boost employment in the regions.
Speaking at Mitre 10 this morning with Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington, Shadow Treasurer Scott Emerson and Springwood candidate Julie Talty, the party announced its 10-year economic plan.
The big ticket items included boosting jobs by 500,000 while increasing the payroll tax exemption by $25,000.
The plan would result in more than 14,000 businesses "grow" without being hit with greater tax bills.
Mr Nicholls brushed aside comments that launching an economic plan on the second day of the campaign was a gamble and instead swore the policy would help smaller businesses increase their wages or potentially hire new people.
"We will commit to creating 500,000 new jobs over the next decade," he said.
"That's creating real hope and real opportunity for our children to have a job.
"In order to do that we are also going to provide assistance to small business."
When asked what guarantee the party would implement to ensure regions with high unemployment benefited, Mr Nicholls said youth unemployment had reached as high as 20 per cent under Labor.
"It's important that we make sure that happens," he said.
"Our announcements will be designed to provide solutions to make sure the regions don't miss out.
"We'll be making some announcements about that when we travel into the regions."
The policy includes six key drivers to "restart the economy" including tourism, construction and manufacturing, resources, agriculture, services, science and technology and education.
The Opposition Leader spoke predominantly throughout the press conference with Mr Emerson however the seat's candidate Ms Talty - who's fighting to hold her margin of about 1.4 per cent -stood to the side.
Mr Nicholls said 500,000 jobs was a target the state's growth would support.
"That would support normal growth of about 400,000 jobs over that 10-year time," he said.
"That would match New South Wales and Victoria's growth rates.
"We're concentrating on infrastructure and building more connections, whether that's bigger roads or dams.
"We'll be making further detailed announcements about where we see jobs growth coming.
"Despite all the crowing by Annastacia Palaszczuk, the cold hard facts show 30,000 jobs were lost last year on her watch - our worst year on record."
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