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Palmer's plans offer workers hope

EMPLOYMENT organisation Mission Australia will roll out mining magnate Clive Palmer's job-finding support package to sacked Queensland public servants.

Mr Palmer teamed up with Together union in August and pledged $250,000 to create the Hope Fund

The fund will provide counselling and employment and training services to victim of the Queensland Government's public service axe.

Mr Palmer confirmed on Tuesday Mission Australia would deliver the Public Sector Support Program to help public servants find new employment.

"This new program is about helping people to connect with the appropriate support services, employment agencies and the business sector so they can identify new job opportunities," Mr Palmer said.

"Mission Australia is one of the largest community and employment service providers in the country, with offices in major cities and towns across Queensland.

"The organisation's well established connections with local communities and local businesses mean they are well placed to advise people on the best approach to finding work in their area.

"Having Mission Australia come on board to deliver this program means the funding I am providing through the Hope Fund can be guaranteed to deliver real support for workers who have lost their jobs."

Former premier Mike Ahern and former deputy premier Jim Elder are overseeing the Hope Fund's financial distribution.

Mr Palmer said members of the services union adversely impacted through community sector cuts had been identified as worthy recipients.

The support for those hurt by the Queensland Government's cost-cutting comes after the LNP pulled Mr Palmer into line for his outspoken critique of the state-ruling party.

Mr Palmer spoke vocally and negatively about the State Government's royalties hike and public service retrenchment, even predicting the Premier Campbell Newman would be out of office by Christmas.

But the billionaire retreated after the LNP asked Mr Palmer to reconsider his long-running party membership.



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