Queenslanders must be chomping at the bit to head to the polls next year, with a series of scandals emerging from the State’s Labor Government.
An ‘integrity crisis’ has emerged over recent days, with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and the Premier’s chief of staff both under the microscope.
NewsCorp journalists broke the news that Ms Trad had failed to declare the purchase of a $695,000 property that benefited from a project she oversaw, and also did not declare a conflict of interest between a firm she owns and a State-owned power company.
On top of this, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to refer chief of staff David Barbagallo to a corruption commission after it emerged that the Government had invested more than a quarter of a million dollars in Mr Barbagallo’s private company. NewsCorp reported he had increased his stake in the company after he became the State’s top public servant.
Ms Palaszczuk ordered her Director-General to conduct an audit into the payment, but for many Queenslanders, the trust has already been broken.
This is on top of other startling revelations in recent weeks, such as $65,000 of taxpayers’ money spent on the Labor Speaker’s overseas travel with his wife and a $70,000 electorate office move to Cairns, outside of the seat.