Wellington will back Labor - if leader stays same
PETER Wellington has guaranteed his support to allow Annastacia Palaszczuk to lead Labor into government but has made clear it remains contingent on her remaining in charge.
He said his decision was based on a need for stability and certainty which would not exist if any change of leadership occurred.
"I have made clear to Annastacia Palaszczuk I support her to lead her party in government,'' he said.
Mr Wellington has this morning exchanged letters with Ms Palaszczuk that reflect both his commitment to allow Labor to take government and the conditions that secured it.
The letter he had given the Labor leader is the same as that he provided former Premier Peter Beattie in 1998.
It does not guarantee his support on legislation which would see him vote according to what he saw as the best interests of his electorate and the state. But it did ensure his backing in any confidence motion in her government.
He said despite his respect for the LNP's Lawrence Springborg who had agreed to much of what Ms Palaszczuk supports, he was only one man in a party which has four separate groups vying for leadership.
Mr Wellington said he had met Mr Springborg as the official voice of the LNP but had also been approached before then by a representative of another group pursuing the leadership.
After he made a statement to the media in Brisbane yesterday another LNP group approached him. He said it was his understanding that Member for Buderim Steve Dickson was doing the numbers for yet another group seeking to install the LNP's next leader.
Mr Wellington said there remained in the foreground many who were part of the Campbell Newman leadership team including Jeff Seeney, Steve Dickson, Jarrod Bleijie, Andrew Powell, Glen Elmes and Mark McArdle.
"It's just been a shuffling of the deck chairs,'' he said.
Mr Wellington said none of the Coast's LNP members had supported council and the community on development at Halls Creek because they had to toe the party line and would not speak out.
"I have a lot of respect for Lawrence. He had the authority to conduct the discussions with me, yet he was being undermined by members of his own party and that does them no credit.
The exchange of letters between Mr Wellington and Ms Palaszczuk covers matters under three headings "Stability of Government, Operation of Government and Infrastructure".
Mr Wellington said he realised there remained uncertainty about the election result but he was committed to delivering certainty for Queensland.
Of key importance in discussions with both Ms Palaszczuk and Mr Springborg had been the need for an investigation of any links between political party donations and decisions of government, the need for a more accountable parliament and great scrutiny through a robust committee structure.
He also aimed to ensure the Crime and Corruption Commission operated independent of the government.
Mr Springborg told reporters that he had met with the two MPs from Katter's Australian Party and Mr Wellington.
He said he would continue those discussions despite the vow by Mr Wellington to support Ms Palaszczuk.
He would not discuss the revelations that other party members were attempting to undermine him, except to say the party was "dealing with a complex situation unlike anything we have ever seen before".
The LNP is expected to decide on its leadership on Saturday.
Key promises to Peter Wellington for the Sunshine Coast
Annastacia Palaszczuk has outlined a Labor Government's commitment to the Sunshine Coast in a letter to Peter Wellington today.
Issues covered include:
Labor is committed to the equitable allocation of responsibility for infrastructure charges, particularly in relation to Caloundra South. Labor will ensure a fair outcome with regards to infrastructure agreements for this development and minimise the flow-on costs to other ratepayers.
Labor is concerned about the proposed Halls Creek development and will ensure the Beerwah East site is retained in the South-East Queensland Regional Plan as the identified growth area in the southern Sunshine Coast corridor.
North Coast rail line
Labor acknowledges that the LNP's commitment to duplication of the North Coast rail line relied on asset sales, which have been rejected by the people of Queensland.
Labor has not made a commitment to duplicate the North Coast rail line either before or during the 2015 election campaign.
Under a Labor Government, Building Queensland will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of large infrastructure projects such as this one. Projects that pass this assessment would proceed and be prioritised based on need.
Should the Building Queensland assessment be favourable, Labor will liaise with the Federal Government in relation to funding for the project.
Nambour rail station
It is noted that the LNP Government reprioritised funding for Nambour rail station's upgrade to allow disability access in 2012. Labor will reinstate this upgrade as a priority project. Further, Labor will ensure the car park upgrade is completed.
Nambour Hospital parking
Labor acknowledges issues associated with parking at Nambour Hospital for both staff and visitors. As such, Labor will conduct a review of these issues to determine a solution.
Queensland Labor shares your concerns regarding the stability of the Queensland Government, and the erosion of integrity and accountability measures over the past three years.