Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announces former MP Kerry Shine will stand as the Australian Labor Party's candidate for Toowoomba North at the next state election, Monday, November 04, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announces former MP Kerry Shine will stand as the Australian Labor Party's candidate for Toowoomba North at the next state election, Monday, November 04, 2013. Photo Kevin Farmer / The Chronicle Kevin Farmer

Queensland ALP had "secret" plan to govern

THE Labor Party has hit back at critics who have said they were not ready to govern, saying the party had prepared a "comprehensive transition to government plan" before the election.

The Labor Party has received criticism from multiple people, including former treasurer Keith De Lacy that they were not prepared to govern the state.

But an Opposition spokesperson said former state party members and bureaucrats had an input in the transition plan, including former Goss and Beattie minister and Treasurer Terry Mackenroth.

"It is ready to be implemented should Labor be called on to form government," the spokesperson said.

They also said the plan included Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk's commitment to reduce Cabinet from 19 to 14 ministers and assistant ministers from 12 to one role of Assistant Minister to the Premier for Northern Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk addressed media on Wednesday at Parliament House, but her statement lasted less than a minute.

She confirmed she had received requests for meetings with cross-benchers. These include Katter's Australian Party MPs Shane Knuth and Rob Katter and independent Peter Wellington.

Ms Palaszczuk also said she would speak to Mr Wellington that day and offer him stability of leadership and make sure they have integrity and accountability in their government.

"These are my priorities and this is what I'll be speaking to the cross-benchers about," she said.

She also took a stab at the LNP and their asset sales plan.

"Only the Labor Party can offer stability of leadership. We note the LNP is in absolute chaos at the moment. They went to the election with a plan for asset sales. All of their election commitments are based on asset sales. They therefore have absolutely nothing."

Earlier in the week there was speculation that United Voice union secretary Gary Bullock would call the shots on which Labor MPs would be placed in ministerial positions if they formed government.

There have also been rumours that Jackie Trad was the favourite to fill the deputy premier position.

But a spokesman for Ms Palaszczuk said it would ultimately be Ms Palaszczuk who made the decision on ministerial positions. 

- APN NEWSDESK

 


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