In an unexpected turn of events, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland, revealed her decision to step down from her political role. The announcement came during a press conference held on Sunday, putting an end to months of speculation surrounding her political future. Palaszczuk, who came into power in 2015 following the defeat of Campbell Newman's Liberal National government, is expected to officially resign her position as Premier next week.
Succession Battle Looms
With Palaszczuk's upcoming departure, the question of her successor comes to the fore. Three senior figures within the government have emerged as potential successors: Deputy Premier Steven Miles, Health Minister Shannon Fentiman, and Treasurer Cameron Dick. The decision, however, is yet to be made.
Endorsing the Deputy
In her announcement, Palaszczuk expressed her support for Steven Miles, her 'fantastic, steadfast deputy.' She stated her intention to endorse him strongly for the Premier's role, adding another layer of intrigue to the succession battle.
A Remarkable Tenure
Palaszczuk's tenure as Premier of Queensland was marked by several milestones. Most notably, she led the Queensland Labor to victory just one term after the party was reduced to a mere seven seats. Furthermore, she became the first female leader in Australia to be re-elected and headed the first majority woman cabinet in Australia. The Premier's departure signals a significant shift in the Queensland political landscape.