World News – UA – Five key moments from the final Queensland leaders’ debate


On the eve of the Queensland election, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington clashed for a second and final leaders’ debate

Leaders answered questions on everything from border restrictions to integrity issues and positive traits, with the debate eliciting interesting responses

Much like the election campaign, today’s debate at the Queensland Parliament Media Club was dominated by discussions of state border restrictions

Hours earlier, the Prime Minister announced that Queensland would open its border to New South Wales – excluding Greater Sydney – and remain closed to all Victorians

From the podium, Ms Frecklington accused her of « politicizing » the issue « because there are elections on »

« I think the taxpayers’ money that was spent on this and the poll that the Prime Minister refuses to release and has apparently hidden behind cabinet in confidence, I think we haven’t seen any information, « she told me

« When I said she politicized the borders, that is exactly what the Prime Minister has been doing for several months, » she said

« And before you get up and do your press conference … when I was doing my morning TV tours, I actually said at the very least, we have to see that there are exemptions further into NSW – and that’s exactly what The Chief Health Officer informed you today, which you followed « 

Ms Palaszczuk said that every day during the pandemic, she and her team listened to the advice of the Chief Health Officer

« This is a complex situation we are facing and it is not an easy solution… Queensland is now in this envious position, » she said

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She described it as « one of the most personal and difficult issues a person faces » and said she wanted to make sure no one died in pain, before criticizing to new Ms Palaszczuk for « politicizing this problem »

« This is an issue that has rightly been referred to the Law Reform Commission as it will be one of the most serious pieces of legislation a parliamentarian has ever faced, » said Mrs Frecklington

« I don’t want anyone to suffer I don’t want anyone to have to go through this and… it is a personal matter for a family, the individual and the doctors, » said the premier

At the start of the debate, Ms Frecklington detailed a series of ‘integrity scandals’ over the past five years, before asking the Prime Minister:’ How can the people of Queensland trust you for another four years? »

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« In the questions she raised, there was never any finding of corrupt conduct, » said Ms Palaszczuk

« At the end of the day, people in the state want jobs, they want someone they can trust and they want leadership and they want stability and that’s what my team will deliver to inhabitants of Queensland « 

The audience later reacted when Ms Frecklington challenged Ms Palaszczuk: « How can Queensland trust you given that you are just a puppet for the unions? »

Labor and the LNP are both pushing for a majority government, but amid claims it will be close competition, leaders have been asked if they will commit to working with the people-elected parliament

Ms Palaszczuk and Ms Frecklington both gave answers by reiterating their arguments to the public to allow them to rule on their own

Ms Palaszczuk replied: « There are elections tomorrow and I trust the people of this state I demand a majority government »

Ms Frecklington added: « I definitely put my faith in the people of Queensland and demand majority government

Politics is a confrontational sport, but the very first question on the media dossier asked the two party leaders to choose one thing they liked about the other

« Anyone who stands up for your community and works hard every day… I really respect that, and the Prime Minister has been doing this in the Queensland Parliament for 14 years »

Ms Palaszczuk said she respected the fact that they both had a « very strong family » and then recounted how her father, former Minister of Labor Henry Palaszczuk, and Ms Frecklington’s father were once in a car together

« They were talking about political incidents that happened and they got along incredibly well, » she said.

« I think there needs to be more of this understanding across the political spectrum

« When you take away politics, we are all humans and we all want the best for our families, our communities and our state »

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Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deb Frecklington, National Liberal Party of Queensland, Queensland, Queensland State Election 2020, Australian Labor Party

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