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Qld MPs raise jobs pressure on Turnbull

AAP logoAAP 24/11/2016 Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

Malcolm Turnbull faces pressure from Queensland coalition MPs to ensure the Sunshine State gets a bigger share of road, rail and defence spending.

Federal Liberal National Party MPs and senators met in Canberra on Thursday to discuss a renewed push to get more government investment in Queensland.

The meeting came as the prime minister delivered his annual infrastructure statement to parliament, saying a record $50 billion would be spent on big ticket projects to the end of the decade.

Fairfax MP Ted O'Brien, who hosted the semi-routine meeting, said a greater focus was needed on jobs and new opportunities in Queensland.

"On the one hand we are enormously proud of the outcomes delivered to date but we are also hungry as a team to ensure we are continuing to prosecute the case so we can look at opportunities to generate jobs and investment for the state," he told AAP on Thursday.

Mr O'Brien declined to say what projects were on the group's wishlist for the next budget.

"There's no shortage of aspirations," he said.

Queensland was at an economic standstill and needed new capital, he said.

Attorney-General and LNP senator George Brandis last weekend described the party's state parliamentary team in Queensland as "very mediocre", but Mr O'Brien begged to differ.

"We've got an A team in Queensland, but the A team needs an opportunity to play with the ball in hand that can only come after an election," Mr O'Brien said.

Asked how the party could counter the rise of One Nation at a state and federal level, he said the key was having governments run the economy well and create jobs.

Opinion polls - which currently put the federal coalition behind Labor - should be considered a bit like the stockmarket, he said.

"If you follow it day in day out it goes up and down but you don't learn anything about the fundamentals," the former business manager said.

"If you want to make a buck, you've got to make sound, sensible investment decisions and if you want to progress the country you need good, sound governance and it's just deliver, deliver, deliver."

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