Union boss rewarded with top job


It looks a lot like jobs for the boys, with several Labor and union heavyweights appointed to senior positions on state government-owned boards.

Queensland Council of Unions President John Battams and Former Lord Mayor Jim Soorley, are just two of many to receive new top jobs.

Tobi Loftus reports.

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John Battams takes up a new role as director of QIC Limited, while the former Lord Mayor Jim Soorley has been appointed chair of CS Energy.

Inspecting the 2018 Commonwealth Games Velondrome at Chandler, the Acting Premier shook off comments he was rewarding the Union movement for their help in Labor’s election win.

Curtis Pitt, Acting Premier: “What I’m concerned about is the delivery of good outcomes by our government owned corporations and what we know is that the LNP has proposed to sell almost all of our government owned corporations.”

As the governments inquiry into the bikie laws continue, the so called ‘ice cream bikies’ case was thrown out of court today.

The Acting Premier says he won’t comment on operational matters.

Curtis Pitt, Acting Premier: “Any suggestion that we get ahead of that inquiry would be well premature.”

The Government can breathe a sigh of relief, as a new poll out this morning has given the Labor government a boost in popularity, rising from the January election.

The Newspoll puts Labor at 53% to the LNP’s 47% in the two party preferred results.

Annastacia Palaszczuk leads Lawrence Springborg as preferred Premier, 49% to 28%, placing more pressure on the LNP.

Kate Jones, Tourism Minister: “With the poll results out today, already we are seeing people on the backbench of the LNP vying for the top job.”

Lawrence Springborg, Opposition Leader: “Look, I mean we’re basically seven months into a three year term and I just say that we always have to learn from what Queenslanders tell us and that is certainly something my team and I will always do.”

Parliament resumes in two weeks.

Tobi Loftus, QUT News.