Rob Pyne: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk 'happy' to call Cairns MP over future
Queensland's Premier has dismissed suggestions she should have called Cairns MP Rob Pyne amid suggestions he may quit the Labor Party, but said she was happy to discuss any issues he had.
It followed him quitting the party's left faction as it was "left in name only".
Mr Pyne also raised concerns over the impact Labor's proposed nightclub lockout laws would have on his electorate, arguing Cairns should be exempt.
But he said he would not break party rules.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said any member of her team was free to raise concerns with her.
"Any issues that anyone has they're free to pick up the phone and talk to me, they're free to raise issues in the Labor caucus," Ms Palaszcuzk said.
The Premier said Mr Pyne had not called her to discuss the matters.
Asked why she had not called him, Ms Palaszcuzk pointed to Mr Pyne's comments to ABC that he did not intend to quit.
"He's said it publicly, he's said it on numerous occasions, so I'm sorry, I don't understand what the problem is," Ms Palaszczuk said.
But Ms Palaszczuk said she was happy to call Mr Pyne this afternoon.
Treasurer Curtis Pitt said he would also speak with the MP, whose electorate neighbours his.
"I've got faith that he was elected as a Labor MP and I know that his values are Labor values, so I think we have a situation where the air needs to be cleared," Mr Pitt said.
Mr Pyne declined to comment on the matter.
Source: ABC News