Rob Pyne: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk calls for calm as Cairns MP continues to contemplate futuren and perhaps the future of the Queensland Government
With all the disquiet and uncertainly in state politics like pieces on a chess board, every one appears to play the poker face very well and the public are none the wiser to the dance steps by leaders of factions and political parties that are treading in the state arena
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has urged "calm", as speculation mounts about the future of her Cairns MP, Rob Pyne.
Mr Pyne quit the left faction of the ALP (Australian Labor Party) yesterday, saying it was "left in name only".
When asked by the ABC on Monday whether he intended to quit the party, he said "no".
"Certainly, it is my intention to stay in the Labor Party," Mr Pyne said.
"I will continue to support the Government in Parliament. I didn't enter Parliament to put the LNP (Liberal National Party) in power, that's for sure."
But today, he told the Courier Mail he might leave.
"If I can't have some significant influence in delivering for the people of Cairns, in particular, I certainly would consider it," Mr Pyne was quoted as saying.
At Australia Day celebrations in Townsville, where she joined in a game of cricket, Ms Palaszczuk played down the apparent threat.
"I'm not going to deal in hypotheticals, and everybody should just calm down," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"It's Australia Day, I'm here to enjoy a barbecue and I'm sure millions of Queenslanders are doing exactly the same thing today as well."
The Opposition said the potential resignation of Mr Pyne could bring down the minority Labor Government, as Labor holds 43 seats in Parliament, while the LNP holds 42.
But Ms Palaszczuk said Mr Pyne was part of the Labor team.
"My phone is always there, any member of my team can talk to me at any time and they all know that," she said.
Deputy Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek urged Ms Palaszczuk to deal with Mr Pyne's grievances.
"Queenslanders didn't vote for disarray a year ago," Mr Langbroek said.
Its understood by sources that a high level meeting is taking place in far North Queensland Saturday afternoon which could in itself usher in a new government under the LNP, a more powerful influence by the Bob Katter Party with the current Labor Government or a stalemate requiring new elections
Should the latter happen then Queenslanders will face an orderly council elections and a state referendum, a possible Federal Double Dissolution snap election and a disorderly state election. All that before May 2016