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    Trust ripped apart by unacceptable double standardsGEMMA TOGNINI
    Does anyone believe any of the premiers and chief ministers would allow themselves to be separated from their own children if they were sick and in need? Picture: Colin Murty
    Does anyone believe any of the premiers and chief ministers would allow themselves to be separated from their own children if they were sick and in need? Picture: Colin Murty
    12:00AM AUGUST 14, 2021624 COMMENTS

    Trust is a delicate creature. No relationship can survive without it and every relationship (personal or professional) will eventually have its trust tested. Some survive, some don’t. You know how it goes. Casting my mind back 18 months to the start of this pandemic, I would have said at the time that I had a great deal of trust in our state and federal governments. I would have said that I trusted in the fact their motivations weren’t political and that I trusted them to steer us out of this thing without being divisive, without using our lives and our freedoms blithely.

    What a difference a year makes. I want to reiterate what I’ve said before in these pages. Nobody has been here before and in the initial stages, mistakes were made like they were always going to be made. Two weeks to flatten the curve. A short, sharp border closure to flatten (again) the curve. We will not bounce in and out of lockdowns. And of course, the absolute doozy, we’re all in this together. All these promises have been broken. Repeatedly. Audaciously.

    If it was a relationship, your mates would be staging an intervention, but they can’t because more than likely, they’re in lockdown somewhere.

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    I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m out of trust.

    This past week, it was reported that a wealthy Australian born, British businessman was allowed to leave his mandatory hotel quarantine just three days after arriving in Perth via Doha to attend his father’s funeral. To be clear, I’m personally very pleased this chap was allowed to go and say goodbye to his dad. Nobody should be denied this, but countless Australians here and abroad have been and continue to be not allowed to do the same.

    Governments in this country have forced Australian citizens to farewell their dying parents via Skype. They’ve kept newborn infants from their parents. They’ve kept parents from sick children. You name it, they’ve done it, and all in the name of our own safety, all the while knowing there are two sets of rules.

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    Let me put it this way. If it was safe for this gentleman to break quarantine and farewell his dad, why isn’t it safe for everyone? What was the deciding factor? His significant wealth? We don’t know because neither WA Health, WA Police nor the office of Premier Mark McGowan will comment.

    In this same week, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said he doesn’t want to appear cold for denying a NSW woman entry to Victoria to care for her daughter, a mum of two small kids, who has aggressive and advanced breast cancer.

    Andrews said health department officials make the decisions and he’s just the poor sod tasked with delivering crappy news. Gosh it must be tough not taking any responsibility at all.

    Does anyone believe any of the premiers and chief ministers would allow themselves to be separated from their own children if they were sick and in need? Or a dying parent if they were in this position? The audacity of politicians who, by now, have realised that fear buys votes and accountability is at best, years away electorally at least, has reached truly breathtaking heights.

    Daniel Andrews says health department officials make the decisions and he’s just the poor sod tasked with delivering crappy news. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty
    Daniel Andrews says health department officials make the decisions and he’s just the poor sod tasked with delivering crappy news. Picture: NCA NewsWire / David Geraghty
    Look no further than South Australia, which has decided to force returning Olympic athletes to quarantine for 28 days. So shocking a decision it drew immediate criticism from leading infectious diseases specialists. The Australian Olympic team released a formal statement warning of the serious mental health risk it poses for the athletes. The South Australian Premier is hiding behind the South Australian chief health officer who, as a public servant can’t be voted out and can’t be legally challenged. The most bastardised term in Christendom “health advice” is the secret weapon that enables this wretchedness.

    You tell me if they deserve our trust. Australia has become an international pariah, ridiculed for a zero Covid obsession.

    The fruit of this season politically has been the development of a shameful, two-tier society where the rich, connected and wealthy travel more or less at will and while every day Australians must beg their governments for permission to care for their sick children and bury their parents. Poor fellow my country.

    Socially there has been deep division within Australia broadly and within communities. It’s not just the decisions being made, some of which I can understand, it’s the inconsistency with which they are executed and the secrecy over the justification. Secrecy is not the currency of democracy. I wonder what the cost will be to the relationship between you and I and the governments we elect.

    Trust. It’s a delicate creature. Sure, you can rebuild it, but it’s like a piece of paper. Once you rip it up, you might tape it back ­together but you can never hide the tears.

    Gemma Tognini is executive director of GT Communications.

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    The grandstanding lone ranger does it again. How much is Palaszczuk blowing on this project?’

    Loan arranger: Quarantine at Wellcamp? Hi Ho Silver, away! Picture: NCA NewsWire
    Loan arranger: Quarantine at Wellcamp? Hi Ho Silver, away! Picture: NCA NewsWire
    11:38AM AUGUST 27, 20218 COMMENTS
    Annastacia Palaszczuk suckered everyone with her latest State of Origin dummy pass, announcing she would go it alone and defy the feds to build a quarantine facility at the appropriately named Wellcamp airport near Toowoomba. Randolph remarked:

    “The grandstanding lone ranger Premier does it again. I wonder how much she’s blowing on this new project? How far down the drain will the state be sent before it sees light? All this Premier wants to do is ... swan around with her personal branding experts. Self interested, self styled, and for those who voted for her – self inflicted.”

    A.Voice uttered:

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    “I can’t see the builders of this 500 bed complex doing the Queensland Labor government any favours. The lease contract will likely cost the Queensland taxpayers hundreds of millions, even when it sits there empty in 5 years time.”

    Peter’s point:

    “Isn’t it great leadership that both sides of politics allow party politics not public health to guide their decisions on where to place quarantine facilities. But the fact this is only being talked about now is a massive failure by Morrison. He always always always acts late. You can bet on it no matter what the issue. It takes him so much time to have the focus groups, to strategise the politics of covid decisions, to try and wedge the ALP. Morrison’s idea of negotiation is to state a position and then try to bully everyone to comply. After the last 18 months he has so little credibility as a national leader. More like a national embarassment.”

    Another Peter proclaimed:

    “Palaszckuk has been underestimated many times. But she’s overstepped here and this is easily her worst and most disgraceful decision. It is simply impossible to justify this on any level.”

    Hermit kingdom: Annastacia Palaszczuk prepares the customary Queensland greeting for virus-ridden southerners. Picture: NCA NewsWire
    Hermit kingdom: Annastacia Palaszczuk prepares the customary Queensland greeting for virus-ridden southerners. Picture: NCA NewsWire
    John pondered:

    “And I thought the Wagner Family were too smart to build a white elephant! What is their real purpose in going down this path?”

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    i hold WGN and thought they had learned their lesson when dealing with BLD

    maybe they will be used to house coal-miners in the long term ( or Afghan refugees )

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    NRL families, officials land in Qld despite ban on interstate travellers
    A plane with more than 100 NRL players’ wives, girlfriends and children, and league officials, has jetted into Brisbane despite a government ban on interstate arrivals.

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    PAYDAY

    And who can forget, even if the pollies want us to, that its payday!

    From Wednesday (September 1), Queensland politicians will pocket the first of three pay rises to kick in over the next 12 months.

    So, while the benchmark minimum wage across more than 100 awards in the private sector increases by 2.5 per cent (with workers also receiving a 0.5 per cent increase in super), Queensland’s political class will get a collective 6.5 per cent over the same period.

    If you remember, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last year magnanimously wrote to the “Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal” – which sets pollies wages – and with the support of the Opposition asked it to “put on hold” any pay rises for state MPs for the duration of the pandemic.

    Her social media ads later promised “no pay rises for Queensland MPs until 2023”.

    But about four months later, the Tribunal revisited the issue – and there was no reminder letter of the freeze from either side of politics.

    The tribunal recommended a series of increases for MPs, starting with a 2 per cent hike on September 1, 2021, 2.25 per cent on March 1, 2022, and 2.5 per cent on September 1, 2022.

    In March, when it was announced Palaszczuk said her hands were tied, adding it was a “matter for the remuneration tribunal.”

    So, by September next year, Annastacia Palaszczuk’s salary will rise to $427,500. Palaszczuk’s pay rise will push her above NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, who is on $407,980, and make her salary the second highest for premiers behind Victoria’s Daniel Andrews, who is on $441,439.

    Opposition Leader David Crisafulli and cabinet ministers annual pay will be $350,000.

    STACIA’S SOCIALS SENSATIONS

    Annastacia Palaszczuk’s well-known “like” of social media has gone to a new platform.

    Her army of media minders, photographers, videographers and social media advisers are now pushing the 52-year-old to the last remaining frontier, the youth-centric video platform of TikTok.

    The minute-long video bursts often follow the same formula, sharing health advice embossed in shiny Palaszczuk branding.

    They have gone hard on the platform since the state’s last lockdown, posting 42 videos since July 1 and growing her following to 7,946.

    Her latest post, captioned “things that make me smile” (“doughnut days” 0 when there are no community infections, checking into venues, vaccines and her dog Winton), recorded 334k views in four days.

    Palaszczuk seems to have followed the lead of Victorian Labor counterpart Dan Andrews, who has 89,000 TikTok followers, or Mark McGowan with 36,000, and not so much Peter Gutwein who has 1900 followers.

    PLASTIC NOT-SO-FANTASTIC

    Annastacia Palaszczuk, often heard chuckling at her own jokes and jibes, was left unimpressed with her speech writer’s pun on Wednesday morning.

    From today, plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery plates and bowls will be thrown out for good in Queensland as part of the first tranche of bans on disposable plastic.

    “It’s the final straw for a number of single-use plastics in Queensland,” Palaszczuk read from her script.

    A sympathetic chortle from her frontbench followed.

    “Who wrote that,” Palaszczuk scoffed, clearly hoping for less sucky puns.

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    must be time to find a replacement for a sucky plastic government as well

    i could write plenty of puns , but they would probably offend leftard puppets

    and better speeches are a breeze , you just include less self-congratulatory crap

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    Remember the " Smart State " number plates. What a joke 😝. If Queenslanders were smart do you think they would have voted for these clowns 🤡. I think I will go back to NSW when I can.

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    am not sure NSW will be any better

    Tasmania has avoided a lot of recent ridicule maybe it has slid downhill less

    the problem in QLD is the alternate clowns ( except for one or two ) are no better , you change the faces and names but nothing improves

    you MIGHT note QLD bravely resisted C-19 without vaccines to vote for those clowns , i bet things change about that ( after the CFMEU get paid off )

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    Coronavirus: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk casts doubt on opening Queensland borders

    LYDIA LYNCH
    REPORTER

    10:29PM SEPTEMBER 23, 2021NO COMMENTS

    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thrown holiday travel plans into doubt, saying lifting border restrictions even after vaccine coverage reaches 80 per cent would be a “backward” step.

    Ms Palaszczuk did not say what level of Covid-19 vaccination would be needed to safely reopen to NSW and Victoria, adding a national reopening plan had “not been finalised”.

    “If you look at the national plan, the 80 per cent actually takes you backwards and I do not want that for Queensland, so we’re probably going to see a difference for Western Australia and Queensland because at the moment we have freedoms,” she said on Thursday.

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    Her comments came as NSW recorded 1063 new infections – and six deaths – while Victoria had 766 cases. There are fears that the virus could spread more widely in Melbourne after a man who attended a protest at the Shrine of Remembrance on Wednesday tested positive and was taken to hospital.

    The Victorian government began easing restrictions on vaccinated residents stuck in Canberra and NSW, and will allow them to return home provided they have tested negative.

    Queensland industry groups and tourism operators reliant on interstate travel criticised Ms Palaszczuk’s comments, and said they needed clarity to prepare for the coming summer holiday season. Ms Palaszczuk, asked about lifting health restrictions, said she would need to see additional health modelling.

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    'Absolutely no doubt' Palaszczuk won't open Queensland's borders over Christmas
    Sky News Queensland Editor Peter Gleeson says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk “got pretty fired up” in Thursday’s media conference.
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    “At the moment, Queenslanders have more freedoms now than Victorians will when they reach 80 per cent vaccinated,” she said. “In NSW, you have a massive Delta outbreak, so you have to go and ask the NSW government what is their plan for Christmas?”

    State and territory leaders in July agreed to a pathway to freedom based on vaccination rate thresholds recommended by the Doherty Institute. Under the plan, fully vaccinated Australians would be exempt from “all domestic restrictions” once 80 per cent of the population older than 16 was vaccinated.

    But on Thursday, Ms Palaszczuk said Queenslanders would enjoy more freedoms at home than “if they hopped on a plane and went to Tokyo”.

    “Where are you going to go? Are you going to go to India? In Tokyo, you have to sit in perspex screens with masks on and if you remove your mask you can’t talk while you’re eating,” she said.

    Queensland Tourism Industry Council chief executive Daniel Gschwind said the state needed “a path to re-engage with the rest of Australia and the rest of the world”. “We know Queenslanders are very protective of the excellent health situation here and nobody wants to put that at risk,” he said.

    “But at some point we have to make a leap of faith and trust in the vaccine protecting us alongside other health measures – tracing, testing social distancing.”

    Cairns Adventure Group owner Roderic Rees said 90 per cent of his customers were locked out of the state. “We had 75 on the payroll in June and last week we paid 23 people,” he said.

    Mr Rees supported limiting freedoms for unvaccinated people if it meant borders could reopen to those who had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

    “National cabinet has set that 80 per cent vaccination target and Queensland should stick to their guns on that and let people know what is going to change when we get there,” he said. “We need to have the borders open and people travelling before Christmas – that needs to happen.”

    THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU1:46
    'I'm sick of being attacked for Queensland doing a great job': Premier Palaszczuk
    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she "doesn't understand" the constant criticism "of Queensland doing well".
    The latest vaccination figures show 74.1 per cent of adults have had at least one dose, while 49.3 per cent are fully vaccinated.

    NSW will reach 80 per cent coverage for adults in mid-October, with Victoria following in November. Queensland is expected to reach that vaccine coverage level in December.

    When asked whether she could give regional businesses more clarity after national cabinet meets next week, Ms Palaszczuk said: “If we get a Delta outbreak here, we’ll be in lockdown and all businesses will be closed. Do you want that?

    “I don’t understand this constant criticism of Queensland doing well.”

    LNP MP Amanda Camm, whose northern Queensland electorate covers the Whitsunday Islands popular with tourists, said operators feared the state would remain closed while international travel restarted for other states.

    “The goalposts keep moving,” she said. “People want to see their family on the other side of the country at Christmas. We need a clear plan with clear targets so people are incentivised to go out and get vaccinated.”

    In a push to increase the state’s lagging vaccination rollout, the state government teamed up with the NRL to offer free tickets to people receiving vaccinations.

    It was scrapped hours after its launch when the Therapeutic Goods Administration deemed it non-compliant with its rules.

    Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the decision was “bureaucracy gone mad”, although she admitted to not having read the rules on offering incentives.

    “Are we supposed to be vaccinating people against Covid in this country or not,” she said.

    THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU4:12
    'Thank you Queensland': Premier Palaszczuk thanks residents for getting tested
    Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says 13,899 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the state in the past 24 hours. "So once again, thank you Queensland for coming out and getting tested," Ms Palaszczuk said during a media conference on Thursday.
    LYDIA LYNCHREPORTER
    Lydia Lynch covers state and federal politics for The Australian in Queensland. She previously covered politics at Brisbane Times and has worked as a reporter at the North West Star in Mount Isa. She began her... Read more

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    oh yeah , the Queenslander patience has been tested , don't you worry about that

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    60% 70% 80% after the round of boosters ( then after the second round of boosters )....

    it ISN'T the public shifting the goal-posts

    no trend to see here ... BTW i have this big bridge in Sydney to sell you

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    Blaming stuck Qlders a disgraceful insult from $340k pollie
    For the Health Minister to blame Queenslanders for the government’s failings is a disgraceful attempt to avoid responsibility she is paid $340k to bear.

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    Queensland’s bloated public service has grown consistently under Labor, now topping 235,500 full-time equivalent positions. State debt was spiralling before COVID-19 under previous treasurer Jackie Trad. The trend has continued under current Treasurer Cameron Dick, who hides behind the fact that the pandemic has caused NSW, Victoria and the Commonwealth to also crank up debt. Queensland’s total debt is due to top $130 billion by 2024-25.

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    Annastacia Palaszczuk ties border opening to hospital funding
    Annastacia Palaszczuk has declined to say how high vaccination coverage would need to be for borders to reopen. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jono Searle
    Annastacia Palaszczuk has declined to say how high vaccination coverage would need to be for borders to reopen. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Jono Searle
    LYDIA LYNCH
    REPORTER

    9:30PM OCTOBER 1, 2021433 COMMENTS

    Queensland’s border with Victoria and NSW could remain shut until the commonwealth agrees to a major increase in hospital funding, Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

    “I am not going to put Queenslanders at risk until both of those issues are sorted out,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Friday. “Which means a big injection of funds from the federal government into the states to make sure the hospitals are able to cope with the growth (in cases) that will happen.”

    But Daniel Andrews says he intends to reopen his state’s border with NSW as soon as possible.

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    “Once we get to 80 per cent it’s my intention to have freedom of movement – that’s always been our goal,” the Victorian Premier said. “We just have to wait and see where things are at that point.”

    The Queensland ultimatum comes amid a row over when the border will reopen, with Ms Palaszczuk indicating she may not lift restrictions ahead of the Christmas holiday period. The national cabinet had agreed to a road map that recommended interstate restrictions end once Covid-19 vaccine coverage reached 80 per cent.

    Her comments follow increasing concerns among states and territories that hospitals will not be able to cope with a surge of infections as restrictions ease.

    In a letter to Health Minister Greg Hunt on Thursday, state and territory officials warned their health systems were under “unrelenting strain” and urged the commonwealth to split the cost of operating the public hospital system until the middle of 2023.

    “We need an urgent, practical, collaborative funding solution until we get to a ‘living with Covid’ point and the national funding model has time to reflect these higher costs,” the letter reads. “We need an urgent, practical, collaborative funding solution until we get to a ‘living with Covid’ point and the national funding model has time to reflect these higher costs.”

    In their letter to Mr Hunt, state and territory health ministers said capacity issues were exacerbated by patients who were ready for discharge but forced to remain in hospital because “they are unable to access the appropriate aged care or disability supports”.

    “Our ability to respond is already being outstripped by demand, which is increasing as we move into the next phase of the pandemic,” they wrote.

    In response, Mr Hunt said: “All ministers recently signed on to a five-year agreement which includes an additional $35bn in funding. We‘ve also invested an additional $6bn in hospitals … through the Covid-19 pandemic”.

    Scott Morrison also rejected Ms Palaszczuk’s demand for more funding, telling reporters the states had been “showered in cash” and had almost two years to prepare their hospital systems.

    “The pandemic should not be used as an excuse for shakedown politics,” the Prime Minister said.

    “There has been a lot of talk about what the responsibilities of the states are. I can tell you what one of them is – run your public hospitals and get them ready to deal with any surge demand that would come,” he said.

    “Our government has increased funding to hospitals across the nation by over 70 per cent since we came to government. The states have increased their funding by just over 40 per cent,” he said.

    The Australian on Friday reported that health officials told a recent roundtable the hospital system was buckling – not just from increased admissions but also from workforce burnout and the diversion of staff to testing and vaccination centres.

    At a press conference on Friday, Ms Palaszczuk said there were two key thresholds to reopening – high vaccination rates and increased hospital capacity – and that it would be “ irresponsible” to open international borders until those two demands were met.

    Ms Palaszczuk declined to say how high vaccination coverage would need to be for borders to reopen and did not confirm they would once 80 per cent of adults had been inoculated. “There is a lot of work that needs to happen and we have got to get this right. There is no use rushing,” she said.

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    she won't get it right no matter how long she takes

    the mess has been made , denying it is a total stuff up won't convince anyone new to vote ALP

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    Brisbane 2032: Qld minister says PM would be ‘embarrassed’ at shock Olympics funding claim

    THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU2:19
    Premier Palaszczuk appointing herself Olympics minister 'a joke': Hanson
    A Queensland minister says the PM should be embarrassed at one of his colleague’s comments about pulling out of funding the Birisbane Olympics.
    A Queensland minister says the PM should be embarrassed at one of his colleague’s comments about pulling out of funding the Birisbane Olympics.
    HEATH PARKES-HUPTON
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    2:23PM OCTOBER 9, 2021
    An ugly slanging match has erupted between the state and federal governments over the Brisbane Olympics.

    The tiff was triggered by the potential makeup of an organising committee for the 2032 Games.

    Ted O’Brien, who has been appointed as a Commonwealth special envoy to coordinate the preparations, claimed the Queensland government was trying to stack the deck.

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    He sensationally threatened to pull out of a joint funding arrangement for the $5 billion major event.

    Queensland government minister Yvette D’Ath described the threat as “embarrassing”.

    Ms D’Ath expressed her disappointment at Mr O’Brien’s remarks but said she was pleased he had already stepped back from them.

    “Scott Morrison’s probably feeling very embarrassed this morning about one of his government members came out attacking a draft bill,” she said.

    Annastacia Palaszczuk celebrates after Brisbane was announced as the 2032 Summer Olympics host city in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: Toru Hanai/Getty Images
    Annastacia Palaszczuk celebrates after Brisbane was announced as the 2032 Summer Olympics host city in Tokyo, Japan. Picture: Toru Hanai/Getty Images
    The Courier Mail reported Mr O’Brien’s comments in Saturday’s paper, which arose from a stoush over the makeup of the 22-person organising committee.

    It was reported Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk could choose up to nine directors for the board, while the Commonwealth would only get four picks.

    Mr O’Brien said that would give the state an “extraordinary amount of power” and the selections should be split evenly.

    “If the Premier wishes to impose her will in breach of the federal and state agreement I will be left with no choice but to recommend to the Prime Minister that we withdraw from the 50-50 partnership – everything will go,” he said.

    Federal MP Ted O'Brien said the organising committee but have equal representation. Picture: Peter Wallis/Getty Images for the AOC
    Federal MP Ted O'Brien said the organising committee but have equal representation. Picture: Peter Wallis/Getty Images for the AOC
    “If the organising committee can be effectively driven by one person Queenslanders would be the ultimate losers.”

    In a statement, Ms Palaszczuk said Mr O’Brien’s comments were “incorrect” and the draft bill would be reviewed by all stakeholders.

    Ms D’Ath said Mr O’Brien had since reneged and conceded those matters would be better addressed by federal Sports Minister Richard Colbeck.

    The proposed Gabba redevelopment for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.
    The proposed Gabba redevelopment for the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games.
    “This was unnecessary commentary around the Olympics, the legislation that‘s been drafted is out for consultation we worked very closely with the federal government and the Brisbane City Council in drafting that legislation,” she said.

    The governments are set to split the costs of major infrastructure projects needed to bring Brisbane’s facilities up to scratch for Australia’s third Olympics.

    HEATH PARKES-HUPTONCOURT REPORTER
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    Queensland could always secede from the Commonwealth and thus have total control of the event funding

    but i suspect it is all just another 'funding scam ' and about getting pet sock-puppets highly paid positions ,
    it very interesting to see they would gridlock the CBD on the Brisbane South-side by using the Gabba for a series on major events , when parking/traffic can't adequately cope with popular cricket or football matches , to the extent visiting Prime Ministers block the emergency exit with the Comcar ( and that was relatively healthy Kevin Rudd for one violator ) and HE should have known better because he was the local member

    starting to look like a total clown-show already

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    Annastacia Palaszczuk and her cabinet, who are being rewarded with three pay rises this year, are not the only ones being well remunerated by taxpayers.
    It’s that time of year when public service departments dump their annual reports in the parliament all at once.
    Chooks scratched through dozens of annual reports to see who got what.
    Palaszczuk’s recently resigned director-general, Dave Stewart, who served in the role for 11 months, took home $622,000 — a little more than his former boss’s income of $427,500.
    Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young pocketed $595,000 for managing the state’s pandemic response, up 2.2 per cent from the previous year.
    Graeme Newton, the man in charge of Brisbane’s planned underground railway the Cross River Rail, got a $653,000 package while Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll’s was paid $558,000.
    But the real big bucks were earned by the CEOs of government-owned corporations and statutory bodies.
    Top earner was Queensland Treasury Corporation boss Philip Noble at $1,245,859 followed by Energy Queensland chief Rod Duke ($973,000) and Queensland Rail CEO Nick Easy ($825,000).

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