Annastacia Palaszczuk waves to the crowd at a Qld Labor Party launch held at the Ipswich Civic Centre.
Annastacia Palaszczuk waves to the crowd at a Qld Labor Party launch held at the Ipswich Civic Centre. Rob Williams

Senior ALP sources: Annastacia Palaszczuk is here to stay

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk is staying put.

Senior Labor Party figures yesterday rejected claims that ALP insiders want the Queensland Premier to call a snap election following last week's Billy Gordon scandal.

Ms Palaszczuk's grip on power is tenuous following Mr Gordon's expulsion from the Labor Party amid domestic violence claims.

Mr Gordon has been asked to resign from parliament so a by-election can be held in his electorate of Cook.

Commentators believe taking Queensland back to the polls will solidify the ALP's parliamentary numbers to ensure a smooth passage for legislation when the Parliament resumes next month (MAY).

Speaking to APN Newsdesk on Monday, ALP State Secretary Evan Moorhead said his boss was focused on governing not rumour-mongering.

"We don't know who these un-named sources are but it's not even something we're contemplating," Mr Moorhead said.

"We're still in the process of trying to deliver our election promises."

Mr Moorhead said he had not discussed Monday's media speculation with Ms Palaszczuk.

He said the "opinions" aired across a range of media were not necessarily aimed at destabilising the government.

"One of the challenges of democratic politics is everyone's entitled to their opinion but in this case people need to give Annastacia a go and let her get on and run the government rather than speculating about the politics of politics," Mr Moorhead said.

"I think it is people sharing opinions that aren't really relevant."

A spokesman for the Premier reiterated Mr Moorhead's comments.

"No such discussions have been held," the spokesman said of the claimed push for an election.

Health Minister Cameron Dick and Leader of the House Stirling Hinchliffe both said Ms Palaszczuk was determined to see out her three-year term.

"The Premier's made it clear ... she wants the Government to govern for the full term," Mr Dick told Fairfax Radio on Monday.

- APN NEWSDESK

 

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