Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has given a fiery press conference following the resignation of Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad.
Ms Trad resigned from her ministerial role amid an ongoing corruption investigation, with Ms Palaszczuk today announcing she would be replaced by Steven Miles.
Following the announcement, the Premier refused to comment on the investigation, asserting the people of Queensland should have “every confidence” her government was focused on dealing with the current pandemic.
On Saturday, Ms Trad said the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) informed her that it would be investigating the recruitment and selection process for the principal of the new Inner City South Secondary College, in Brisbane’s Dutton Park.
The Opposition referred Ms Trad to the CCC five months ago, alleging she interfered with the process at the school in her electorate.
Ms Trad told Ms Palaszczuk she would be standing aside from her duties “until the investigation is concluded” on Friday, so she was not a distraction for the Labor Government.
Ms Palaszczuk today thanked Ms Trad for her service.
“I just want to update the people of Queensland and I want to inform them that today, Jackie Trad has resigned from her ministerial portfolio responsibilities,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I want to thank her for her service. I mean, she has served the state over five and a half years in relation to her ministerial duties. She has made the decision in the best interests of her family, the community and the party. She does not want there to be any distraction for the Government as we respond to the COVID crisis, and where the Government must be focused on recovery and jobs.
“So I really want to thank her and I have now made some decisions that I want to inform the people of Queensland about,” she said, sharing that she had decided to appoint Mr Miles in Ms Trad’s place.
“I’ve moved very swiftly and decisively, and today, I will unveil to you our team to deal with COVID-19 – both in the health response and in the economic response. I’ve appointed Steven Miles as the deputy Premier.
“I have every confidence that he will serve the state well as the deputy Premier and I congratulate him,” she said.
Responding to questions from attending media, Ms Palaszczuk refused to comment on the ongoing investigations by the CCC.
She was also defensive when asked about the government’s current focus amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m focused on what Queenslanders expect my government to be focused on and that is why we have this permanent team to the election. These are my decisions.”
“What I can say to the people of Queensland is that they should have confidence we are focused on them. Every single day, Stephen and myself are standing here, giving the updates, making sure their lives are at the front and centre of everything we do. That is my commitment now and into the future, 100 per cent.”
Ms Palaszczuk said it was Ms Trad’s intention to run for South Brisbane in the next election, which she supports.
“I support all of my team recontesting the next election,” she tersely responded when asked of her position.
The new team will be sworn in on Monday.