Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yet to receive ultimatum from crossbench MPs

The Queensland Premier has sent a blunt message to crossbench MPs ahead of a visit to the state's north-west, warning them that passing her next budget in June is her highest priority.

Katter's Australian Party MPs Robbie Katter and Shane Knuth, and independent Rob Pyne, said they might vote against the budget for the state infrastructure plan if more money was not spent on the north.

That could potentially spark an election, although blocking supply would require the support of the Opposition.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had not yet received an ultimatum letter the trio sent this past Friday.

But she said the infrastructure plan would create jobs, which she said she was elected to do.

"There is nothing more important for a government than getting its budget through," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I don't want anyone to stand in my way of creating jobs."

'I have a very clear jobs agenda for Queensland'

Mr Katter will have an opportunity on Tuesday to restate his list of northern infrastructure projects to the Premier when she visits Mount Isa with some of her Cabinet.

But she said the crossbenchers had effectively voted for the current plan by supporting last year's budget which contained the bulk of the funding.

"I have a very clear jobs agenda for Queensland, and I expect everybody to support that jobs agenda," Ms Palaszczuk said.

"I said very clearly, and I'll say it again: I will not let anyone stand in my way when it comes to putting Queensland jobs first."

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the prospect of an election only halfway through the term was not palatable, especially in light of the weekend referendum on parliamentary terms.

"The people of Queensland apparently - and in my view rightly so - have voted for fixed four-year terms. And that is a clear indication that people do not want opportunistic early elections," Mr Springborg said.

Source: ABC News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *