Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk completed one year in office on Sunday. The jubilant premier, leading the minority Labor government, flaunted many achievements. She claimed excellent work by her team and creation of 65, 000 jobs in the past 12 months.
To mark the first anniversary in office, Palaszczuk also announced a new high school in central Queensland. She also thanked voters for their faith in her leadership. The premier reiterated that unemployment is drastically down in the state, reports 9 News.
According to media reports, people are giving credit to Palaszczuk’s government for giving a semblance of stability in the state after Campbell Newman and his LNP team quit. But concerns on the longevity of the current government are far from over.
“As you can see from today we’re delivering on our election commitments; we’re listening to the community,” she said.
But the opposition dismissed her claims as inflated and said the government was holding the state back. They also questioned her regime’s stability and doubted the support of MPs. This followed the defection of backbencher Rob Pyne, who also made public his party’s internal bickerings. Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg described the Labor government’s one year in office as a year of “reviews and revolts and reversals.”
“Ms Palaszczuk said that she didn’t need to privatise things in Queensland in order to build Queensland, in order to create jobs … many people are telling us that 12 months down the track they feel as though they’ve been misled,” Springborg said.
“It’s a very clear message to all of my team that we are part of a team and we work together as a team,” the Premier said, in response to the criticism. “I had a very constructive conversation with Rob Pyne as I do with my caucus members from time to time,” she said and added that MPs quitting the party is no issue with her. However, political analysts say Palaszczuk’s government is doing a tight rope walk and will require at least two crossbenchers to pass the legislations comfortably, reports Brisbane Times.
Reports also said that the rebel MP, Rob Pyne, might rejoin her team. This is because Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s newly announced accelerated works program has somewhat mollified him. If one more MP quits, Labor will be at risk, as the numbers will be at par with the LNP. The resulting crisis may push the state back to the brink of polls.