Queensland’s Labor leader says the party is a ‘long way off’ from preparing for government ahead of weekend preselections.
Queensland’s Labor leader says the opposition is a “long way off” being ready to govern.
Labor is holding preselections on Saturday in 34 seats across the state.
But asked if the party was preparing for government with an election due next year, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said Labor needed to be realistic.
“That’s a long way off,” she told ABC radio.
“Let’s be very realistic here. After the devastating defeat at the last election, we were left with seven members.”
Labor now has eight MPs in the 89-seat parliament, following the Redcliffe by-election victory in February.
But a Newspoll this week showed a 10 per cent swing against the first-term LNP government, which would be enough for Premier Campbell Newman’s team to lose 30 MPs and possibly its historically massive majority.
Ms Palaszczuk has defended Queensland Labor’s decision to preselect defeated former Bligh government minister Cameron Dick in a safe seat as another former minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, seeks preselection.
“If you do not have experienced people, you cannot run a good government,” she said.
Another former Labor minister Kate Jones is yet to declare whether she will seek preselection in the inner-Brisbane seat of Ashgrove, which Mr Newman won in 2012.
Labor had held the seat since 1989 until Ms Jones’ defeat.