Jobs on agenda for 'underdog' Qld Premier

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Queensland Labor State Conference in Brisbane.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Queensland Labor State Conference in Brisbane.

The Queensland government has signalled it's happy to claim underdog status in the lead-up to next year's state election.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued a call for unity while addressing party faithful at the state's ALP conference in Brisbane on Sunday.

She said she doesn't mind being an underdog after coming into power in 2015 from an opposition of just seven seats.

This is despite winning the 2017 election on the trot.

The call to "recommit today to our next fight" comes after sustained calls for Ms Palaszczuk's deputy, Jackie Trad, to resign following her referral to the corruption watchdog last month.

The Crime and Corruption Commission is yet to announce whether it will formally investigate the purchase of a $695,000 house by a family trust Ms Trad benefited from.

Fellow Left-aligned CFMEU boss Michael Ravbar said Ms Trad was "no friend of the worker" and flagged raising her future last week in the lead-up to the conference.

While the future of Ms Trad's job has been in the spotlight, providing "good, secure, decent jobs" was at the top of the agenda for in Palaszczuk's speech on Sunday.

Ms Palaszczuk boasted of her government approving 30 resource projects since coming into power and the work they provide.

She announced Queensland's building organisation, QBuild, would be re-established after being cut by the previous Newman Government.

She said 300 additional tradespeople and apprentices would be employed by the organisation in the next three years.

Australian Associated Press