Peter Beattie calls on Annastacia Palaszczuk to bring in new agenda and dispel ‘checked out’ rumours


Labor legend calls on Annastacia Palaszczuk to urgently overhaul her ‘stale’ government after insiders claimed she has ‘checked out’ and was just a ‘part-time premier’ interested in the glamour of office

  • Labor stalwart urged premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to kickstart new agenda
  • Rumours have swirled Ms Palaszczuk has ‘checked out’ mentally as premier
  • Peter Beattie said voters would turn if they noticed government became ‘stale’ 

Labor stalwart Peter Beattie has urged Annastacia Palaszczuk to start a new agenda and prove she still wants to be premier as rumours swirl she has ‘checked out’.

Mr Beattie, who was state premier between 1998 and 2007, warned voters would turn on Ms Palaszczuk if they believed her government had become ‘stale’.

‘You’ve got to keep renewing your vision, because if you don’t, you get stale and people see you’re stale and they will want someone else to have a go,’ he told Courier Mail.

Labor stalwart Peter Beattie has urged Annastacia Palaszczuk to start a new agenda and prove she still wants to act as premier as rumours swirl she has 'checked out'

Labor stalwart Peter Beattie has urged Annastacia Palaszczuk to start a new agenda and prove she still wants to act as premier as rumours swirl she has ‘checked out’

Ms Palaszczuk and her boyfriend Dr Reza Adib attended the premier of Baz Luhrmann's new film Elvis on June 4

Ms Palaszczuk and her boyfriend Dr Reza Adib attended the premier of Baz Luhrmann’s new film Elvis on June 4

‘If you’ve been there a while it gets tougher because people want to see well what are you gonna do.’

Labor insiders claim Ms Palaszczuk has ‘checked out’ of her role and showed more interest in attending social events than running Queensland.

Ms Palaszczuk and her boyfriend Dr Reza Adib attended the premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s new film Elvis on June 4.

The Queensland premier was also spotted letting her hair down at the Strabroke Handicap race day at Eagle Farm last Saturday and will attend the Logie awards on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

‘Every time they turn on the news there’s another story about some atrocity in the health system,’ an insider told The Australian.

‘And there she is: out and about again with the doctor. It’s not a good look.’

Mr Beattie suggested the premier capitalise on the upcoming 2032 Olympics to introduce an innovation strategy.

He said the jobs in the energy, mining, biotechnology, defence, space, and agriculture industries.

Labor insiders claim Ms Palaszczuk has 'checked out' of her role and showed more interest in attending social events than running Queensland (pictured, Reza Adib, Baz Luhrmann and Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Elvis premiere)

Labor insiders claim Ms Palaszczuk has ‘checked out’ of her role and showed more interest in attending social events than running Queensland (pictured, Reza Adib, Baz Luhrmann and Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Elvis premiere)

‘You’ve got to have a vision and you’ve got to demonstrate it. And the answer to this is you’ve got to go out and share it with people and take them with you,’ he said.

Ms Palaszczuk could become the longest-serving premier in Queensland since World War II if she leads her party to victory at the next election in 2024.

She would beat the previous nine-year record set by Mr Beattie.

Labor insiders claim Ms Palaszczuk has given too much power to union boss Gary Bullock and won’t make any decisions without first consulting him.

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