State Parliament’s third sitting of the year began today.

The political debate featured magic tricks and Game of Thrones references.

Saffi Kerezsy reports.


It’s not every day that you get to see a bit of magic in Parliament.

Curtis Pitt, Treasurer: “If I had a coin for every dollar that the LNP wasted when they were in office, I would be in King’s Landing and I’d be the Master of Coins.”

The Treasurer was throwing around the so-called “Campbell currency” decorative coins manufactured as gifts for visiting dignitaries.

But now they are worthless and more than 400 have never been given out.

The Treasurer’s performance angered the Opposition.

John-Paul Langbroek, Deputy Opposition Leader: “I don’t think Queenslanders want to see theatrics from the Treasurer. They actually want a plan that’s going to restore some confidence in Queensland.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk did announce she had a plan.

A plan to effectively cut the salaries of some bureaucrats.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier: “We have abolished the LNP’s scheme to pay director generals bonuses on top of their salaries.

But the Premier couldn’t avoid questions and anger surrounding her government’s policy to encourage union membership in the public service.

The Opposition wanted to know if she was being manipulated by the unions.

But Labor MPs say the unions deserve praise.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier: “I commend those people who’ve worked in the union movement for their achievements, on behalf of working women and men in Queensland and Australia.”

Controversial MP Billy Gordon also came in for criticism again and the Speaker warned the Opposition about continual derogatory references about his links with the government.

Saffi Kerezsy, QUT News.