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Premier Returns Without A Plan

by Ted Sorensen

Premier Returns Without A Plan

Annastacia Palaszczuk’s return to work has been met with disappointment, after she failed to outline a plan to deliver new projects to create jobs, boost the economy and unleash Queensland’s potential.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said it was time for the Premier to stopped re-announcing old projects and started to deliver the promises she made a year ago.

Mr Springborg also called on the Premier to address a number of outstanding issues she failed to deal with before her break.

“The bikies are back, the union bosses are back, the Premier’s back and Labor continues to hold Queensland back,” he said.

“Queenslanders are still waiting for the Premier to formally respond to an Auditor-General’s report that panned her first budget, a damning Royal Commission into union corruption and serious allegations of the mishandling of a multi-million dollar Commonwealth Games tender.  

“There’s also the matter of Jo-Ann Miller’s possible resignation and the behind-the-scenes jostling between CFMEU bosses and Labor powerbrokers to parachute one of their comrades into the seat.

“The Premier has so far made an art form out of dodging tough questions and leaving her Deputy to clean up the mess, but now it’s time for Annastacia Palaszczuk to act like a real Premier and face these issues head-on.”

Mr Springborg said Queenslanders were still waiting for a formal response about:

  • The Auditor-General’s report into the state’s finances
  • The Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption
  • The awarding of the Commonwealth Games’ opening and closing ceremonies tender to an overseas firm
  • The uncertainty of Jo-Ann Miller’s rumoured resignation and the possibility of a by-election
  • Comments made by Employment Minister Grace Grace, that there was little Labor could do about Queensland’s high youth unemployment rate Mr Springborg said during its first year in power the Palaszczuk Labor Government had limped from one bungle to the next, completely consumed by its inexperience, incompetence and internal chaos.

“In almost every instance, the Premier went to ground, even taking the unprecedented step of going on a holiday during Estimates when Jo-Ann Miller was first referred to the Ethics Committee,” he “Annastacia Palaszczuk has so far gotten away with having her head firmly buried in the sand for most of 2015, but after one year in power – the jig is up.

“Our great state can no longer afford to be held back by a Labor Premier who not in control is beholden to factional bosses and extreme interest groups. Queenslanders didn’t vote for that.”

Mr Springborg said the LNP would continue to hold the Palaszczuk Labor Government to account.

“Queenslanders deserve satisfaction and they deserve to know where their Premier stands on issues that impact jobs, infrastructure and cost of living,” he said.

“They deserve a Premier with a plan to unleash Queensland’s potential and that’s not what they’re getting from Annastacia Palaszczuk.”

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