Qld Premier accuses LNP of smear campaign ahead of state election

QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has accused the LNP of launching a smear campaign against both her and her husband, just three weeks before the state election.

Ms Palaszczuk said the federal LNP is circulating rumours, alleging that her partner Shaun Drabsch had a conflict of interest through his work with Price Waterhouse Coopers, and their work with the controversial Adani megamine.

In a snap press conference on Friday, the Premier said her government would veto the federal government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF) loan to Adani to remove any doubt about the conflict of interest.


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“On Tuesday night, my Chief of Staff advised me of a rumour circulating among LNP senators about Shaun’s work,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“I am told they planned to use this during the election campaign to impugn my character and suggest something untoward.

“To be clear, the facts are: PWC acted for Adani on their application to the federal government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

“Shaun assisted PWC’s work, as a member of its national Infrastructure Advisory team, only at a federal level, and this was after the mining leases were approved.

The premier has written to the integrity commissioner over the “rumours and innuendo” and labelled the LNP’s moves as “a new low in Australian politics”.

“I want to put beyond any doubt that this is nothing more than an LNP smear,” she said.