Promises from 2017 the Palaszczuk government has failed to deliver


There has been no news about the promise to “build and deliver” Brisbane Live, a $2 billion entertainment precinct at Roma Street Station, for almost a year.

Last December, the decision was made to go ahead with the 17,000-seat entertainment precinct above Roma Street rail yards, which will also become a new Cross River Rail station.

At the time, the Premier said the project would be “put to market” to gauge interest from private sector investors, but no contracts have been awarded and Ms Palaszczuk could not say when construction would begin.

“That is being factored in at the moment for potentially in the future,” Ms Palaszczuk said when asked on Tuesday about the progress of the precinct.

About $25 million promised to “rejuvenate” Great Keppel Island and increase tourism, by installing power, water and sewerage infrastructure, was yet to be spent.

A government spokesman said the construction company awarded the contract was still demonstrating it had “the financial and managerial capability to deliver a new resort and related infrastructure” on Great Keppel Island.

An election promise to set minimum standards in rental properties by October 2018 was not met.

A policy framework was supposed to be rolled out to address “problem gamblers in Queensland”, but this was yet to be finalised.

The government spokesman said Labor remained “committed to a policy framework that balances the economic benefits of gambling with the social costs to ensure that the state and the community as a whole benefit from gambling”.

“Measures are in place to minimise the negative impacts of gambling on Queenslanders, using a public health approach that focuses on prevention, protection, treatment and support.”

Dozens of commitments were ticked off in the final few weeks before October 6, when the government went into caretaker mode before the election at the end of the month.

These included legislation to recognise adoption practices in the Torres Strait, which was passed in September, and a promise to commission a study of long-term global coal thermal and coking demand, which was ordered a week before the 2020 election campaign began.

Delivering abortion reform and banning political donations from property developers were among the promises delivered.

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