Political Chronicles: Queensland July to December 2015
The Palaszczuk Labor government saw little of its public standing eroded during the period despite a growing perception of an unprepared administration “spinning its wheels”. Voters, exasperated by ministerial and backbench scandals and conflict, waited for more concrete policy announcements rather than mere “de-Newmanisation”. But despite stubbornly high unemployment and a rapidly receding mining boom, the Treasurer’s budget was satisfactorily received, notwithstanding fierce criticism of his accounting methods. Far North Queensland proved especially fertile ground for dissent as relations between Labor and Katter’s Australian Party deteriorated, and as one Labor MP broke ranks with the government. By year’s end, the Premier had reshuffled and expanded her cabinet to seventeen.
Australian Journal of Politics and History
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