PALASZCZUK SPLITS WITH PART­NER Pre­mier con­firms pair re­main friends af­ter ‘am­i­ca­ble’ sep­a­ra­tion

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - PETER CAMERON

PRE­MIER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk is sin­gle af­ter split­ting with part­ner Shaun Drab­sch.

The Pre­mier con­firmed the split was “am­i­ca­ble” and the pair re­main friends.

“I have no other com­ment to make,” she told The Sun­day Mail.

The pair linked be­fore the Jan­u­ary 2015 elec­tion, but the re­la­tion­ship came un­der po­lit­i­cal fire last year dur­ing Novem­ber’s elec­tion cam­paign, with con­flict of in­ter­est al­le­ga­tions re­lat­ing to Mr Drab­sch’s role as an in­fra­struc­ture ad­viser for Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers.

PwC acted for Adani in talks with the North­ern Aus­tralia In­fra­struc­ture Fa­cil­ity af­ter the com­pany was granted min­ing leases. It led to what was de­scribed as an LNP smear cam­paign against Ms Palaszczuk and Mr Drab­sch, and con­sul­ta­tion with the state in­tegrity com­mis­sioner.

The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment moved to veto the NAIF loan dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign in Novem­ber, rais­ing the elec­tion stakes in north Queens­land, where job cre­ation re­mains a chal­lenge.

Ms Palaszczuk, who has been mar­ried twice, but has no chil­dren, be­came the first woman to be­come state leader from Op­po­si­tion. Mr Drab­sch was a se­nior ad­viser to former pre­mier Peter Beat­tie be­fore join­ing the pri­vate sec­tor. The Pre­mier, 48, of­ten works into the night in her Wil­liam St of­fice when Par­lia­ment is not sit­ting.

A re­stricted so­cial pro­gram of­ten means week­ends are spent at her home in Bris­bane’s west­ern suburbs with fam­ily, y, in­clud­ing ng her nephew and nieces. Week­ends also pro­vide a chance to catch up with her fluffy dog Win­ton, whose car­ers in­clude Ms Palaszczuk’s fa­ther Henry, a former La­bor cab­i­net min­is­ter. Her in­cred­i­ble fam­ily fo­cus in­cludes reg­u­lar vis­its to her 95-year-old grand­mother. The Pre­mier re­turned from Coun­cil of Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments meet­ings in Can­berra on Fri­day to pre­pare for the open­ing cer­e­monies of State Par­lia­ment from Tues­day. Iron­i­cally for the Pre­mier, Gover­nor Paul de Jersey will con­duct the for­mal open­ing of Par­lia­ment next Wed­nes­day – Valen­tine’s Day. Ms Palaszczuk was struck down wit with a bad case of the flu just af­ter the Nove vem­ber 25 elec­tion. Sh She bat­tled it for sever eral weeks and was st still not feel­ing 100 pe per cent dur­ing her C Christ­mas-New Year br break, which she sp spent at Strad­broke Is Is­land and Sun­shine Be Beach. The Pre­mier ha has spo­ken pub­licly of her great­est regr gret – not be­ing able to have chil­dren.

SIN­GLE: Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk at home in Bris­bane (above); and with former part­ner Shaun Drab­sch and pooch Win­ton (in­set).

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