Pre­mier dodges poll quiz

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SARAH VOGLER

AN­NASTA­CIA P a l a s z c z u k 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.”

Ms Palaszczuk rushed to form mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment af­ter 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 Queens­land coun­cil­lors.

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