Deputising for the premier Anastasia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier, Indigenous Affairs Minister and State Treasurer Jackie Trad was in Cairns today, following a regional trip to Weipa, Napranum, Mornington Island.
Along the way she met with traditional owners, community groups, schools, businesses, workers and local government. In the Mornington Shire, the State Government has made it possible for them to provide contracts to employ 60 people, with plans for another 30 in the pipeline.
Ms Trad also visited Black Star Studios in Cairns today and spoke with Morning Focus presenter Greg Reid about a number of issues.
She revealed that she put her hand up for the Indigenous Affairs portfolio following a long discussion with the Premier, whom she described as “a legend”.
Indigenous housing has been in the headlines and the Deputy was able to answer criticism with some fact checking of her own, pointing out to Greg that the first time in 50 years the Commonwealth will stop funding remote housing for Indigenous communities this financial year. She indicated that the state was putting in $2billion into housing over the next 10 years.
Ms Trad told Greg that she had more than just an interest in issues of Indigenous health, well being and nutrition, and sees her role of working with communities and doing things better; working for better relationships. She sees recognition as an important issue for the country, even though it has been abandoned by the current Commonwealth Government.