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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner are in hotel quarantine after their successful trip to Tokyo where Brisbane was officially announced as the host of the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
 
The campaign was initiated by the Council of Mayors SEQ and gradually picked up steam with the support of the Courier Mail and all three levels of government culminated in the first games to be awarded as part of the new Olympic bidding process.
 
While some have criticised the Premier and others for attending in person, it’s certainly paid off and the games will be shining a light on Brisbane with a greater focus on infrastructure needs and services in preparation for the games.
 
The Queensland Cabinet is in the middle of an estimates hearing this week and next which means the ministers and their staff are largely focused on this at the moment. Engaging with these offices is difficult at the best of times but this period is particularly hard and we advise to steer clear for the time being.
 
On the Opposition side, the LNP held their annual convention where we saw a number of significant changes including the election of Lawrence Springboard as Party President and number of reforms of their governing committee which is something that was being pushed by rank and file members and the parliamentary wing.
 
Former Premier Campbell Newman has quit the LNP for a rumoured Senate run as either an independent or Liberal Democrat. This week also saw new ads from Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party in the Courier Mail attacking both Labor and the LNP.
 
It’s never a dull day in Queensland politics.
 
 
Written by Nino Lalic, Senior Consultant

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