David Crisafulli says ‘it doesn’t matter’ who he faces for Premiership at Queensland’s state election amid leadership rumblings

David Crisafulli says ‘it doesn’t matter’ who he faces for Premiership at Queensland’s state election amid leadership rumblings
  • PublishedSeptember 13, 2023

Queensland’s Opposition Leader is pledging to the Premier the door at the next state election in 2024.

Annastacia Palaszczuk returned from her European holiday this week after facing a number of questions surrounding her leadership as it appeared her ministers were vying for her role while she was away. 

David Crisafulli told Sky News Australia people undermining and leaking disparaging information on Ms Palaszczuk had “come from within” the party.

“That’s come from government MPs, ministers, sources… That’s not coming from us, that’s coming from her own side,” he said on Tuesday.

“What’s most disappointing for me is that they are all using their energy climbing over each other trying to get the job they want rather than do the job they’ve got.”

The Opposition Leader was questioned on whether he thought he would go against Ms Palaszczuk in the state election or one of her eager ministers. 

“It’s the same mob regardless who it is and we’re on the side of Queenslanders,” he said.

“It’s the same faces that have sat around the same cabinet table for eight years and delivered business and investment uncertainty, frontline service delivery crises and a complete and utter disintegration of integrity in government.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was on holidays in Italy with partner Dr. Reza Abib at the Royal Continental Hotel in Naples. Picture: Victor Sokolowicz

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was on holidays in Italy with partner Dr. Reza Abib at the Royal Continental Hotel in Naples. Picture: Victor Sokolowicz

“In the end it doesn’t matter so that’s why we’ve launched a very forward-facing campaign more than a year out from the election.

“That’s the only way we’re going to get Queensland focused, fixed and back to be the state we all know it should be.”  

Mr Crisafulli said it was now time to “show Labor the door in 2024”.

Ms Palaszczuk, who has served as premier for eight years after she was first elected in 2015, defended herself from criticisms around her absence during question time in parliament on Tuesday. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk defended her absence from her role during question time in parliament on Tuesday. Picture: Dan Peled / NCA NewsWire

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk defended her absence from her role during question time in parliament on Tuesday. Picture: Dan Peled / NCA NewsWire

“Over the last eight years, we have been firmly focused on the people of this great state,” she said in response to Mr Crisafulli’s question on her leadership.

“We have the strongest economic growth, we have come out of the pandemic the strongest in the nation.

“In fact, we’ve done such a good job thousands are moving here.”

It comes as the latest Resolve Strategic Poll conducted for Brisbane Times showed the primary vote for the Coalition rose to 38 per cent while Labor dropped to 32 per cent.

SOURCE: SKYNEWS

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