Pre­mier speech sparks election talk Man on spit, drink drive charges

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SE­RIES speeches in Queens­land Par­lia­ment spruik­ing the La­bor Govern­ment’s achieve­ments while in of­fice have led to spec­u­la­tion the Pre­mier could be about to call the election.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk ( right) led the charge, stat­ing her govern­ment had achieved 87 per cent of its prom­ises from the last election.

“As I travel across the state and meet Queens­lan­ders, of there is a new spirit of op­ti­mism, con­fi­dence and unity,” she told par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Trea­surer Cur­tis Pitt then con­tin­ued the pitch.

“Queens­land’s growth is up, our do­mes­tic econ­omy is re­cov­er­ing, un­em­ploy­ment is down and we have cre­ated 77,300 net new jobs,” he said.

A num­ber of other govern­ment MPs also took the op­por­tu­nity to sum up their port­fo­lio achieve­ments. A MAN was ar­rested af­ter he al­legedly spat on a bar­tender and drove drunk down Flind ders St on Wed­nes­day night.

It will be al­leged the 23year- old man had been de­nied en­try to a club on Flin­ders St about 9.20pm, be­fore be­com­ing abu­sive to­wards se­cu­rity.

He then al­legedly en­tered the bar, but was re­fused ser­vice, be­fore again spit­ting on a bar­tender and leav­ing.

Po­lice then saw a car driv- ing er­rat­i­cally on Flin­ders St af­ter leav­ing a car park and fol­lowed the man into an­other venue and ar­rested him.

Townsville Po­lice Sta­tion of­fi­cer- in- charge act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Damien Ahearn said not only was spit­ting on some­one a de­spi­ca­ble act, drink driv­ing was extremely dan­ger­ous.

“If you’re con­sum­ing al­co­hol don’t get be­hind the wheel of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle or any other type of ve­hi­cle for that mat­ter and drive it,” he said. “Any as­sault, by any per­son against an­other is never ok, but for some­one to spit on an­other per­son is prob­a­bly the low­est form of as­sault.”

The Wul­guru man has been charged with one count of as­sault, pub­lic nui­sance, driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, fail to pro­vide spec­i­men of blood for anal­y­sis, drive de­fec­tive ve­hi­cle and pos­ses­sion of a knife.

CHRIS McMA­HON

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