Key challenges for the new Qld government

CHALLENGES FACING THE NEW LABOR GOVERNMENT

* ECONOMY - Queensland's government debt is forecast to hit just under $81 billion by 2021. Labor announced four new taxes in the tail end of the election campaign to help fund its election promises, but the "debt action plan" announced during the campaign had no new measures. Dealing with debt while still maintaining services and creating new infrastructure projects will be a key juggling act for the government in its second term.

* POWER PRICES - Labor has committed to a renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030, and has been in a public fight with the federal government over that pledge, with the Commonwealth claiming it will lead to blackouts and rising power costs. Power bills have also been rising, but not by as much as in southern states where electricity generation is wholly in private hands.

* EMPLOYMENT - Annastacia Palaszczuk famously said she wanted " an unemployment figure with a '5' in it" before the end of her first term in office, and got her wish when the trend unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 per cent earlier this year. Many of Ms Palaszczuk's election promises centred around her multiple job-creating programs. However, the state's job market has also softened significantly over the last few years, with more part-time and casual positions compared to full-time jobs.

* TRANSPORT - Southeast Queensland's rail network has been beset by problems for the better part of a year leading up to the election, with cascading timetable failures caused by rostering issues and the bungled delivery of new trains which didn't meet safety and disability guidelines. The Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April are expected to put even more pressure on the southeast's struggling transport network, and whoever winds up Transport Minister will have their work cut out for them.

* INTERNAL DIVISIONS - Ms Palaszczuk had to contend with squabbling factions and troublesome MPs during her first term and, with a thin majority, The Premier will again have her work cut out for her. Top of the list of internal troubles will be rogue Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller, who almost derailed the final week of Labor's campaign by meeting with, and embracing Pauline Hanson on the campaign trail.

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