Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is adamant Queensland’s former deputy leader Jackie Trad will not be returning to the frontbench if Labor is re-elected.
On day seven of the election campaign, Palaszczuk would not confirm whose decision it was or whether she would be campaigning with Trad — who has described being in the “fight of my political life” — in her seat of South Brisbane.
“I will be out and about helping our candidates right across the state … she’s a strong advocate for her local community and I wish her all the very best,” Palaszczuk said at a press conference on Bribie Island.
The Premier’s comments come just hours after Trad revealed on social media that she was not seeking a return to Cabinet.
“I put myself forward to represent my community, at a time when Campbell Newman and the LNP had won the largest victory in political history,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
“The only expectation then was a long, hard haul in Opposition.
“I have only ever put myself forward to represent and fight for my community.
“Let me make clear, I am not seeking a return to Cabinet.
“I am actually in the fight of my political life — as many of my colleagues are.”
Trad resigned from Cabinet in May after the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) confirmed it was investigating her involvement in the selection of a school principal.
In July, Trad was cleared of corruption charges by the CCC.
Yesterday, Palaszczuk said she was happy with her current Cabinet.
Asked whether Trad would be welcomed back to the ministry if Labor won the election, she replied: “there’s an election on at the moment and people have to work hard to win their seat”.
Plans for ‘Australian-first’ satellite hospitals
Campaigning in the electorate of Pumicestone today, which includes Bribie Island, Palaszczuk announced plans to build “seven satellite community hospitals” if Labor won the election.
The healthcare facilities would be located at the Gold Coast, Redlands, Ipswich, Pine Rivers, Brisbane South, Caboolture and Bribie Island.
Costing $265 million over four years and funded with borrowings, Ms Palaszczuk described the initiative as an “Australian-first” and a “game-changer” for healthcare delivery to communities.
“It means people won’t have to go to hospitals … they’ll be able to get the treatments close to home,” she said.
“Think, just having to go down the road to your local community to get these health services like chemotherapy, or mental health service or a kidney dialysis.
“[Imagine] not having to worry about the stress of driving a long distance and then having to find parking.”
Meanwhile, Queensland recorded another day of zero COVID-19 cases, with just four active cases remaining across the state.
Health Minister Steven Miles said 110 people in Townsville were tested yesterday after traces of coronavirus were found in the city’s wastewater in recent days.
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