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Palaszczuk must end Parliament no-show

6th April 2020

The Palaszczuk Labor Government needs to stop avoiding Parliament and immediately announce new sitting dates as important issues affecting Queenslanders remain largely ignored.

LNP Manger of Opposition Business Jarrod Bleijie said there was plenty of work to do but Annastacia Palaszczuk didn’t want to face scrutiny on the floor of Parliament.

“Rental reforms, domestic violence legislation, youth crime and an emergency Appropriation Bill are just some of the crucial issues that must be urgently addressed,” Mr Bleijie said.

“There is absolutely no medical advice from experts that says Parliament should not go ahead.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk is using the Coronavirus crisis to avoid being held to account and that is unhealthy for our democracy.

“Queensland Parliament shouldn’t be empty during a once-in-a-generation health and economic crisis.

“The LNP is ready and willing to return to Parliament at a moment’s notice.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk should never have cancelled it in the first place.

“Last week I called on Labor to agree to establish a Select Committee to oversee the Palaszczuk Government’s response to the devastating impacts of coronavirus and be chaired by LNP Leader Deb Frecklington.

“Other jurisdictions, including New Zealand, have implemented this and Queensland should adopt it because there needs to be transparency and debate during these unprecedented times.

“It’s time for Annastacia Palaszczuk and her Ministers to front up.

“The Federal Government is heading back to Parliament House in Canberra to pass crucial coronavirus legislation and there’s no reason why the Queensland Government can’t do the same.

“Queenslanders expect high standards from their elected representatives and Annastacia Palaszczuk must work with the LNP to recall Parliament because we all must work together.”