Queensland Government getting its agenda through hung parliament, Premier says
The controversial reinstating of compulsory preferential voting shows the minority Queensland Government is getting its agenda through the hung parliament, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.
Labor won crossbench support last week to attach the voting change to an LNP bill which increased the size of parliament by four seats.
Ms Palasazczuk said it was up to commentators to judge if she "won the week", but all her Government's bills were passed.
"At the beginning of last week, Lawrence Springborg was going around talking up the fact that it was going to be a remarkable week," she said.
"Let me make it also very clear: all of the Government's legislation got through."
Earlier this year Ms Palaszczuk threatened an early election if the balance of power MPs blocked her agenda.
"I've made it very clear to the crossbenchers as well and to the Parliament that I'm focused on my jobs agenda, and as we have seen last week our bills are getting through and continue to get passed through the Parliament."
Voting amendment an underhanded move: Springborg
Ms Palaszczuk also hit back at the Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who is concerned that compulsory preferencing could be extended to local government elections.
"The Lord Mayor should be concentrating on growing Brisbane, he should be focused on speaking to the State Government about the need for cross-river rail," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"I think [he] should stay out of politics and get focused on delivering for Brisbane."
Cr Quirk said he would stay out of the issue if the Government took it off the table.
"They're saying it won't [be extended to local government] in the life of this Parliament, but it's very much a part of their agenda into the future and before the next council election.
"That makes it my business."
State Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the compulsory preferential voting amendment was an underhanded move, reminiscent of the Chappell brothers' tactic in a match against New Zealand.
"What the Labor Party may have done in Parliament the other day may have been in the rules of the Parliament, but just the same as the infamous underarm bowling incident with Trevor Chappell in 1981, it may have been in the rules but it doesn't make it right," Mr Springborg said.
Source: ABC News