Qld premier says childcare 'no-brainer'

Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took a swipe at the federal budget over childcare support.
Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took a swipe at the federal budget over childcare support.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says providing child care is a "no-brainer" and criticised the lack of federal support in the budget.

Scott Morrison has been in Queensland this week to campaign for the Liberal National Party ahead of the state election.

Ms Palaszczuk, who has generally resisted criticising the prime minister, took aim at his budget on Wednesday.

She says the federal Cabinet Budget Review Committee missed a chance to help women get back to work by increasing childcare support.

"There might not be a number of women sitting around their CBRC table, but it is a no-brainer to (think) about child care as part of the federal budget," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"(It's) absolutely important, because that allows women the ability to get back to work."

Mr Morrison is on a budget selling tour of Queensland and joining the LNP state election campaign when he can.

He said earlier that the best way to reduce the cost of living, including child care, was income tax cuts.

"Parents pay tax and all parents got tax cuts," the prime minister said in Rockhampton.

"It's not just workers that get a tax cut, it's workers' families who get tax cuts to ensure that they can deal with not just cost pressures in the areas you've mentioned, but in so many other areas."

Meanwhile at Gladstone, Ms Palaszcuk promised $45 million for student work training.

She said Labor will add special training centres for emerging industries to 26 regional schools.

The industries targeted include hydrogen, aquaculture, agriculture, manufacturing, defence aviation and aerospace.

"These are the opportunities that exist in Queensland and it means jobs, it means jobs for our young people, it means jobs for Queenslanders and it means jobs for regional pipeline," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington was in Whitsunday to pledge $50 million to renovate homes to withstand cyclones.

On Tuesday, her campaign was dominated by questions about her dinners with property developers, but she returned to her economic plan on Wednesday.

Ms Frecklington said under her plan home-owners can access grants of up to $15,000 to make their properties sturdier in storms.

"Imagine an oldie, sitting in their home. It's a 1950s home, it's got an asbestos roof, it's got crappy windows, it needs some sealing on the windows - those people are focused on making sure their home is safe," the LNP leader said.

Ms Frecklington joined prime minister in Townsville on Wednesday afternoon.

A national cabinet meeting on Friday will see Mr Morrison returning to Sydney, which is a classified as a COVID-19 hotspot by Queensland.

The prime minister will have to spend 14 days in the ACT before again entering Queensland, meaning he would only be able to come back one day before the state election.

Queenslanders go the polls on October 31.

Australian Associated Press