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Qld cabinet sits in tower for first time

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 Darren Cartwright

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has given her ministers a pep talk before starting the first cabinet meeting in the government's new 'tower of power.'

The 41-storey skyscraper at 1 William Street is now home to 5000 government employees and replaces the executive building in George St.

Ms Palaszczuk asked her ministers to be "focused" and that the last sitting week of parliament for the year was important because the Serious Organised Crime laws would be debated and voted upon.

"I need everyone 100 per cent focused," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"Our back to work program is making a huge difference. We are just really focused on getting as many people as we can get employment."

Before the Labor cabinet took the lifts to the 40th floor, a traditional indigenous 'smoking ceremony' was conducted outside the entrance.

The controversial building is one of the most visible features of former premier Campbell Newman's legacy.

While Mr Newman claimed the building would save taxpayers $60 million each year in leasing costs, the Labor government has described the project as the biggest financial debacle in the state's history.

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