Our Premier and the Prime Minister have been exchanging barbs about funding for weeks.

Today, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Malcolm Turnbull sat down for a meeting.

And they agreed to work on a number of “issues” including the Cross River Rail Project.

Zarisha Bradley reports.


The pair came out smiling and it appeared they’d buried the hatchets. Recently the Premier branded Turnbull last month as “worse than Tony Abbott”.

She had a more optimistic tone today about their meeting.

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “I do thank the Prime Minister. We sat down for an hour and I’ve said to him I hope we can have more discussions in the future like the one we had today.”

But as for the Cross River Rail project, Premier Palaszczuk will be meeting with her Deputy Premier and Transport Minister Jackie Trad, and director-general to discuss how to move forward.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “It needs more work. I’m not making criticism of it, I’m just stating a fact.”

Some of those key issues identified by Infrastructure Australia include integration with other transport systems and land use opportunities.

The pair also agreed to work co-operatively with category D funding for people affected by cyclone Debbie and discussed the national energy policy.

After this morning’s meeting, the Prime Minister’s first stop was here at Glenleighden special school where he delivered a fair school funding model.

Over a cup of tea he sugar coated the government’s budget strategy.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “It is fair, it is needs based so schools and students with the greatest needs get the greatest funding.”

Zarisha Bradley, QUT News.