Qld eyes 'fair share' from fed budget

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Queensland has outlined its wish list for the upcoming federal budget as politicians of all stripes make a flying visit to the state's agricultural heartland.

Health and infrastructure are top of the list for Treasurer Cameron Dick, who says the May 11 budget will be "an important test" for the Morrison government.

"We've got 600 aged care residents who shouldn't be in public hospitals, they should be in aged care facilities," he told reporters in Rockhampton on Wednesday.

"There are some parts of Queensland where you can't get in to see a GP because the books are closed, where you can't get a bulk billing appointment with a GP."

Federal infrastructure spending also needed to keep pace with the state's growing population, Mr Dick said.

"We had the highest population growth in the country, we had net interstate migration of almost 10,000 people, and so we deserve our fair share," he said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she hopes the prime minister follows through with talk about placing an emphasis on women in this year's budget.

"One of the great barriers for women fully participating is the high cost of child care," she said on Wednesday.

"If somehow the federal government could see it in their heart to really assist women, I would be very pleased with that."

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has already flagged a $1.7 billion injection into the childcare sector in the May budget.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was also in Rockhampton on Tuesday, before spending Wednesday morning in the north Queensland city of Townsville.

Among the list of announcements were $600 million for a new national natural disaster agency, a $371 million biosecurity package and a $10 billion reinsurance pool to subsidise high premium costs in north Queensland.

The Commonwealth has also pledged to share the cost of the 2032 Olympic Games with the state.