Queensland Labor will follow the LNP’s lead and make all of its sitting MPs go through the preselection process again.
Queensland’s Labor Party will follow the LNP government’s lead and make state MPs reapply for their jobs.
Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk says the majority of preselections will be finalised by Easter, with a state election due in 2015.
“What I said very clearly is that all MPs have to reapply for their seats, all MPs, all current members,” she told reporters in Brisbane.
“Over the next couple of weeks, I would imagine that caucus members will be talking with their families, making a decision whether or not they will be running again so I’ll be having those conversations over the next couple of weeks.”
Labor’s new member for Redcliffe, Yvette D’Ath, who won last month’s by-election, has been named as the opposition’s new education and training frontbencher, a position Ms Palaszczuk previously held.
“I welcome this opportunity to take on this very important portfolio,” Labor’s eighth MP said.
Ms Palaszczuk said Ms D’Ath would be given additional portfolio responsibilities, and promised Labor would be releasing new policies “within the next month”.
“There will always be more policies coming. I’ve made that commitment to Queenslanders,” she said.
The Labor leader said the LNP’s plan to make its 74 MPs reapply for their preselections was about removing underperforming members.
“There’s a very clear agenda here by the LNP to get rid of some of the members who are either … not performing or who have caused them embarrassment over the recent couple of years,” she said.
But she said Labor’s intention to do the same was about making sure the party had the strongest possible team in place ahead of the poll.
The opposition leader said she hoped former Labor MPs with “cabinet experience”, who lost their seats at the 2012 election, would reapply, including Kate Jones who lost to Premier Campbell Newman in Ashgrove.