Annastacia Palaszczuk

Compare and Contrast – John Key vs Annastacia Palaszczuk

The Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has shopped one of her MPs to the cops for domestic violence.

Quite a difference from John Key’s “I know nuzzink, no one told me anyzing” approach to that of the new Queensland Premier…and she is a Labor Premier.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has referred one of her MPs to police over domestic violence allegations.

Cook MP Billy Gordon this morning admitted to Queensland parliament he had only recently paid his ex-partner child support he owed her.

But tonight, the allegations against Mr Gordon deepened, with the revelation his ex-partner had also warned Labor ministers Mr Gordon had been allegedly physically abusive towards her.

As well as the serious nature of the allegations, the situation also has potentially significant political implications.

The Queensland parliament is hung, and Ms Palaszczuk holds minority government only with the conditional support of Independent MP Peter Wellington.

In a letter to Police Commissioner Ian Stewart written late today, Ms Palaszczuk refers the matter to the authorities.    Read more »

Desperate times call for Desperate Measures

In Queensland the ALP was decimated in the recent state elections. Now they are struggling for membership, so much so they are resorting to trying to sign up members by advertising memberships at only 5 cents more than a McDonalds Happy Meal. Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk used her keynote address to explain how she is going to turn around the party:

In a bid to drive membership, Ms Palaszczuk said membership fees would be reduced to $5 for the rest of the year and members would only have to have been in the party for six months before they could stand as candidates at the next election.

The party’s website shows its membership fee for non-union members is currently $50.

But a party spokesman explained the average fee was $50 to $100 – and could be up to $300 for high income earners.

The Happy Meal would be a whole lot more satisfying, i’m sure.

 

Good news for Queensland

Brisbane Times

Good news for Queensland:

The extent of Labor’s Queensland election rout has been confirmed, as the party turns its attention to preventing further shrinkage at the South Brisbane by-election later this month.

Labor’s Bulimba candidate Di Farmer conceded defeat to the Liberal National Party’s Aaron Dillaway on Friday, following a recount of votes in the eastern Brisbane electorate.

The Bulimba win gives the LNP 78 of the state’s 89 seats, leaving Labor with just seven MPs. Katter’s Australian Party will have two seats and there will be two independents.

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Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk acknowledged the result was a further blow.

“Di Farmer was a great local member, so we are obviously disappointed with the result,” she said in a statement.

“But we are determined to get on with the job of opposition.”

She can count her supporters on the fingers of one hand

Brisbane Times

Annastacia Palaszczuk can count her supporters in the fingers of one hand…And still have a majority:

Inala MP Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to become Queensland opposition leader this week, with Labor sources confirming she has the numbers in caucus.

Ms Palaszczuk will be given the unenviable task of leading the Labor Party with just six other MPs on the benches.

It has been widely speculated the former transport minister would take up the role and it has been confirmed tonight she will put her name in for the leadership in the next couple of days.

A source told brisbanetimes.com.au Ms Palaszczuk had the numbers and would likely be uncontested.