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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Announces Retirement from Politics

Queensland Premier Palaszczuk Announces Retirement
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially declared her retirement from politics.

She said that she has “given my all” and believes “now is the time for me to leave.” The announcement was made during a press conference last Sunday, bringing an end to months of speculation regarding her political future.

Palaszczuk’s Retirement and more details

Palaszczuk assured the public that Queensland is in good shape, providing a rationale for her departure.

She is set to step down as premier this Friday and will bid farewell to parliament at the end of the month.

Who will be the next Premier?

The race for her successor is currently a three-way contest featuring Deputy Premier Steven Miles, Health Minister Shannon Fentiman, and Treasurer Cameron Dick.

Palaszczuk emphasised that the decision ultimately lies with her colleagues, but she endorsed Steven Miles as her preferred successor.

She expressed confidence that he “will make an excellent premier.”

Reason for her decision

The Premier revealed that her decision to retire crystallised while attempting to take a break with her partner. Her last vacation was marred by media speculation about her retirement plans.

She explained, “Finally, my mind was made up at the national cabinet last week when I saw so many new faces. Renewal is a good thing.”

Looking back

Palaszczuk highlighted her leadership from the opposition of seven members to becoming the first woman leader in Australia to be re-elected.

She mentioned, “I fought the good fight, I’ve given everything, but now is the time for me to find out what else life has to offer.”

Palaszczuk, emotionally recounting her achievements, acknowledged her family’s support and expressed gratitude.

Consultations and Trubutes

She disclosed that she had consulted with former Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan before making her decision.

Endorsing Deputy Premier Steven Miles as her successor, Palaszczuk’s resignation marks the end of an era. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr will be the last remaining state or territory leader from the peak pandemic period.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hailed Palaszczuk as “a Labor hero” and “a champion for Queensland.” Opposition leader David Crisafulli acknowledged her nine years of service, regardless of political differences.

Victorian Premier Jacinta Allen praised Palaszczuk for normalising female leadership.

Defence Minister Richard Marles emphasised her enduring legacy, especially with Queensland set to host the Olympics in 2032.

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong lauded Palaszczuk as a game-changer, highlighting her historic achievements as the first woman to become a state premier from the opposition and the first to win three elections.

The next Queensland election is scheduled for October next year.

Vic

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