Palaszczuk denies rift over Adani

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

PRE­MIER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk says Mayor Jenny Hill did not ex­press dis­ap­point­ment over her de­ci­sion to veto a loan for Adani when they met at the week­end.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence at Townsville Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day, Ms Palaszczuk said she had caught up with Cr Hill on Sun­day night.

“We were just talk­ing about jobs for this re­gion and we were talk­ing about the prospec­tive bat­tery fac­tory,” she said.

When asked whether Cr Hill had ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment about the con­tro­ver­sial North­ern Aus­tralia In­fra­struc­ture Fa­cil­ity loan veto that has plagued the Pre­mier’s elec­tion cam­paign for more than a week, she said no. “Not at all,” she said. “She has her is­sues, I have my is­sues but we are de­ter­mined to work to­gether.”

Cr Hill last week told the Bul­letin she was dis­ap­pointed by the veto but yes­ter­day said the Pre­mier had re­it­er­ated her sup­port for the Adani project.

“Ini­tially I was con­cerned, but I have sub­se­quently spo­ken at length with the Pre­mier and I’m re­as­sured she sup­ports the project and the jobs it will bring to Townsville,” she said.

Ms Palaszczuk was also asked about the resur­gence of One Na­tion and Greens votes that are threat­en­ing both Townsville MPs and her Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad’s seat of South Bris­bane.

“I know she ( Ms Trad) is work­ing in­cred­i­bly hard and she will con­tinue to work in­cred­i­bly hard,” she said. “I have ev­ery faith that there will be no prob­lem with her re­tain­ing the seat of South Bris­bane.”

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