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Premier says no hypotheticals, just give me a majority
ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk will not rule out forcing Queenslanders back to the polls if voters thumb their nose at her demands for a majority at the November 25 election.
The extraordinary prospect of back-to-back elections comes as the Premier continues to claim she will not do deals, despite breaking the same commitment after the last election.
The Premier yesterday refused to answer questions about whether Labor would be prepared to force another election if it was the only major party in a position to form government.
“I’m not dealing with hypotheticals,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “I am focused on a majority.”
However, she discussed a host of other hypotheticals involving her political opponents yesterday, warning of One Nation chaos and how the right-wing outfit would reflect on Queensland at the Commonwealth Games.
“We don’t even know if those One Nation candidates are going to end up staying as One Nation members,” she said.
“We saw what happened years ago when there were 11 members elected to the Queensland Parliament. They all just folded. It is a recipe for chaos.”
Ms Palaszczuk rushed to form minority government following the 2015 election, despite repeatedly ruling out doing deals with any other party.
She struck a deal with Independent Peter Wellington, who later pocketed a $144,500 pay rise when Labor promoted him to Speaker.
One Nation and the LNP have fired back at Ms Palaszczuk, pointing out her first term in Government was plagued by chaos with four ministerial resignations, including Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson after she was exposed for dodging household bills.
Labor continued to accept supply from Cook MP Billy Gordon, who quit the party before he was kicked out over a massive unpaid childcare bill and undisclosed criminal history. He was later charged with drink-driving and embroiled in a sexting scandal.
Cairns MP Rob Pyne also quit Labor to join the crossbench after a falling-out with his colleagues.
He then came under fire for his use of parliamentary privilege to air allegations against various Queensland councillors.