LNP wants more women in Qld workforce

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A future Liberal National Party government will have two women controlling Queensland's economic leavers and bring back the state's productivity commission.

Opposition Leader David Crisafulli's budget reply includes policies aimed at closing the gender pay gap, increasing women's workforce participation and lifting economic productivity.

Mr Crisafulli has promised to appoint a woman as minister for women's economic security, and make his either treasurer or finance minister a woman as well.

He says that trio will develop policies to get more women into work and reduce Queensland's gender pay gap, which is 15.6 per cent and the second-largest in the country.

"Too often, these statements - to be safe, to be respected, to be equal - ... which should be unquestionable, are questioned, ridiculed or given lip service," Mr Crisafulli told parliament on Thursday.

"I can't speak on the experience of disappointment, frustration, hurt and anger this can cause for women.

"But my hope is to be premier of this state. And that means I want to lead all Queenslanders, men and women, to a future that is safe, fair, respectful and full of hope for everyone."

He said his economic team would also develop policies to allow more women to enter the workforce, such as supporting businesses to offer flexible working arrangements to staff.

LNP treasury spokesman David Janetzki also promised to restore Queensland's Productivity Commission as a standalone agency.

Mr Janetski said the body, which was last year merged into Treasury to save money, was vital when the prices of every day items are likely to stay high.

"The re-established Productivity Commission will tackle the challenges of growing Queensland's economic prosperity and what can be done to manage cost of living pressures," he told parliament.

Mr Crisafulli also took aim at a the government for hiking payroll tax 0.5 per cent for big businesses.

"The government's increase in payroll tax will hit the hip pocket of every Queenslander," he said.

"It will impact the costs of almost every good and service and we have to be up front about that."

The levy will fund a five-year $1.6 billion mental health plan, but the LNP leader said the government should have known it had to spend more on mental health when it promised no new taxes during the election.

By opposing the payroll changes, Deputy Premier Steven Miles said Mr Crisafulli was siding with big business over the government's mental health plan.

"He speaks for the top one per cent of big business, the biggest businesses, and not for Queenslanders with family members suffering from mental illness," Mr Miles told parliament.

Mr Crisafulli also warned the government's growing debt was leaving it exposed to higher repayments as interest rates rise.

"Household budgets are already feeling the pinch of higher interest payments and the state government is no different," he said.

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