IT SEEMS Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk can’t believe her luck.
While Jackie Trad became ever more politically toxic, Palaszczuk failed to summon the bottle to sack her treasurer.
Without lifting a finger Palaszczuk is not only rid of her pesky deputy, but can stop looking over her shoulder for Trad to usurp the premiership.
However, Trad leaves the treasury empty (succinctly illustrated by Brett Lethbridge C-M, May 11), and it’s doubtful Cameron Dick will be able to rebalance Queensland’s books.
He may just muddle through to the election, but if Team Frecklington remains dormant, Labor may scrape past the post once again to Palaszczuk’s continual bewilderment.
Richard Marman, Meridan Plains
LETHBRIDGE’S cartoon (C-M, May 11) re our state’s pillaged treasury, said it all.
It was a clever and sad reminder of what’s been done to our wonderful state and its finances.
Wanton spending and public servant issues on and on, has led to this cartoon being a very clever but sad indication of where we’ve been taken.
The Trad resignation is a Band-Aid con. The truth is they didn’t sack her from our government, just moved her sideways. She’s still there.
We have to keep the union control our out of our politics.
Let them look after the workers but not their hierarchy’s hidden agendas.
Al Payne, Yeronga
JACKIE Trad’s resignation is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.
A deal like the Hawke/Keating one must have been done by the powerful Labor Left faction to minimise any fallout and to ensure Labor and Trad get re-elected, which after a short settling in period will see the Premier stand aside and the Deputy (from the Left) assume the top job.
You would have to be smoking something to believe someone as powerful as Jackie Trad and her faction would quietly sit on the back bench.
The winners will be the factional bosses and the only losers will be Queenslanders.
Patrick Mackey, Acacia Ridge
INTERESTING to see the LNP Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington complaining about the Labor Government being in disarray while chaos rules.
No one has been found guilty of anything at present and the Government is performing well, protecting Queenslanders from coronavirus.
Unfortunately all we hear from the Opposition Leader is negativity, no vision for Queensland’s future and a failure to connect with the electorate.
This born-to-rule mentality pervades but the Opposition lacks any real substance.
The present Government is in the firing line and under significant pressure while the Opposition just complains. Deb and the LNP fail the pub test in leadership and providing reliable and forward thinking policy for all Queenslanders.
Tony Grigsby, Southport
HAD Annastacia sacked Trad over the house controversy she wouldn’t have any new problems.
Peter Phillips, Wynnum West
time to focus on vad law
IT IS very true that voters turn off or turn away from politics once those involved in the business start talking about themselves.
That’s why MPs like Jackie Trad and others in the past have quit their posts; because their predicaments are a distraction from the real issues.
Our state now has new leadership to start dealing with real issues like the urgent need for voluntary assisted dying law reform.
The COVID-19 crisis is being managed and the statewide shutdown is gradually being reversed, which clears the way for our MPs to start considering Queensland VAD laws as recommended by the recent cross-party inquiry.
State parliament can now hold virtual sittings or meet in George Street under social distancing rules and consider these recommended laws that are backed by eight out of 10 Queenslanders.
The terminally ill need action on VAD laws sooner not later and action should be taken before the October state election.
Queensland’s terminally ill deserve our new Deputy Premier and Health Minister, Steven Miles to prioritise their real issue.
Dr Sid Finnigan
Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice, Bonogin
BATTLE LOOMS ON BARLEY
CHINA has accused Australian producers of dumping their barley into China at below the Australian price, and in retribution is threatening an increase of up to 80 per cent in import tariffs (C-M, May 11).
China’s Ministry of Commerce has reportedly been investigating the alleged dumping of Australian barley since 2014.
Australian Trade Minister Simon Birmingham is reported to be “deeply concerned” and maintains that producers price their product “in an entirely commercial way”.
The matter will have to be favourably resolved, otherwise Australian producers, including many in southern Queensland, will stand to lose many millions of dollars of income.
Bob Meadows, Mansfield
I WOULD like to reply to Mike Land’s letter (C-M, May 8).
The store in question should not have refused his cash. Cash is legal tender in Australia and therefore cannot be refused for a purchase.
I know some stores had signs up saying that all transactions had to be by card but I have used only cash all the time and nobody has refused me.
If they had, I would have reminded them that they cannot refuse my cash, coronavirus or not.
And also especially, as the gentleman said, they are all either wearing gloves or many I’ve seen sanitise their hands after each customer.
What I would have done is tender the exact cash if possible, leave it on the counter and walk out or maybe ask to see the manager.
Cash cannot be refused in Australia no matter what.
Cynthia Lewis, Proserpine
DOCTOR KNOWS BEST
WHEN I turned 65 my doctor said I should get the flu needle. I told him no, because I never get sick.
His response was you’ve never been 65 before either.
The NRL players refusing the flu needle need to remember we’ve never had the flu and COVID-19 before too.
Les Morisset, Labrador
I DON’T understand these NRL players and their supporters saying it is their decision what they do with their body.
No one is forcing them to take the jab. All they are being told is they can’t play if they won’t.
You either play by the rules or you don’t.
Paul Kent was spot on when he said the same players have no problems taking painkilling injections so that they can keep on playing.
Do they also refuse to take injections if they need an operation?
They are just a bunch of prima donnas.
Signing a waiver taking responsibility for an outbreak among the players doesn’t mean much if it were to happen. It is only a piece of paper and not a cure.
Arthur Ellis, Ormiston
MY GRANDKIDS have been waitlisted for weeks for flu shots.
The NRL obviously was ahead of them on the queue but now must have some spare with those refusing.
Who do I contact at NRL to see if my grandkids can access them.
Ross Clark, Woody Point
CHEERS TO SWIM COACH
VERY interesting articles on top former students of different high schools and colleges and enjoyable to see the local talent displayed.
One former student from Indooroopilly High School who wasn’t mentioned in that list (and I realise you can’t name all) is the great swim coach Denis Cotterell.
Not so much for Sun Yang but more the likes of coaching Grant Hackett and others to victory for Australia.
Brian Murphy, Mudgeeraba
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
FIERCELY fought with the husband over the day of the week. We were both wrong.