Women to rule in busy new Qld parliament

Women to rule in busy new Qld parliament


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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and LNP's Deb Frecklington to make history in Queensland politics.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and LNP's Deb Frecklington to make history in Queensland politics.

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Premier Palaszczuk and LNP's Deb Frecklington to make history in Queensland politics.

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Queensland parliament will make history on Tuesday with two female leaders facing off for the first time.

However suggestions Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington might go easy on each other have already been thrown out, with the opposition calling for Labor's pick for Speaker, former Treasurer Curtis Pitt, to be referred to the ethics committee.

The Liberal National Party claimed Mr Pitt misled the house over his role in enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations between Queensland Rail and the Rail, Tram and Bus Union.

However incumbent Speaker Peter Wellington, who despite retiring at the previous election retains the position until his successor is sworn in, ruled on Monday he would not refer Mr Pitt to the committee.

It's a fractious start to the new parliament when Ms Palaszczuk begins her second term as premier while facing off against Ms Frecklington, who is the first female leader of the state's merged Liberal National Party.

MPs will be sworn in on Tuesday and the new Speaker, now almost certainly Mr Pitt, formally elected by the house.

Mr Pitt was demoted as treasurer, and earmarked for Speaker, after Labor regained power at the November election with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad taking his position in a cabinet reshuffle.

After the brief proceedings on Tuesday, parliament will be officially opened on Wednesday and the have just one proper sitting day on Thursday.

It will be a busy day, with 16 bills to be introduced to the parliament, including a number of smaller bills which lapsed when the election was called.

The parliament will also consider changes to parliament's operating hours to make them more "family friendly".

Australian Associated Press

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