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Miller questions Advance Queensland fund

AAP logoAAP 26/07/2016 By Jamie McKinnell

Maverick Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller has called into question the effectiveness of the government's Advance Queensland program to create jobs after revelations only 148 positions have so far emerged.

The Labor government has allocated $180 million over three years for the program, established to fuel innovation and diversify the state's economy.

Innovation Minister Leanne Enoch on Tuesday told a budget estimates hearing the government had set a "cracking pace" allocating the money.

Ms Miller, who has increasingly been raising eyebrows during the estimates process by quizzing her own colleagues, wasn't impressed.

"That works out, so far, to approximately $405,000 per job," she said.

"That seems awfully expensive. Would you be able to comment on that?"

Ms Enoch defended Advance Queensland, saying there had been 148 direct jobs and "innumerable" indirect positions.

"When you think about some of the big international partnerships that we have been able to attract to our state, they have massive global reach," she said.

"To be able to support our small businesses, our start ups to be part of that global supply chain, is incredible."

Department director-general Jamie Merrick then clarified that there were 121 direct jobs created from the program, and the remainder hadn't quite started.

"That comes back off the back of expenditure of $8.29 million," he said to Ms Miller.

"In terms of the figures that you cited, that was relating them to the full $180 million expenditure that will occur.

"In terms of some of the programs that we are now seeing run out, the jobs benefits will accrue over a period of time."

Ms Miller has repeatedly rocked Labor's boat with at-times embarrassing questions.

On Monday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk denied Ms Miller was jeopardising her own political future.

However, the premier stopped short of personally backing her to be re-endorsed at the next election despite being given two opportunities to do so.

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