Following the unexpected resignation of Queensland's Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Deputy Premier Steven Miles has announced his bid for the state's premier position. A Labor MP since 2015, Miles has been Palaszczuk's deputy since May 2020 and has positioned himself as a capable successor in the wake of her departure.
Miles' Vision for Queensland
On confirming his intent to vie for the leadership, Miles outlined his vision for Queensland. He emphasized a focus on accelerating home creation, revamping the health system to prioritize patient experiences, and preparing the state for the upcoming Brisbane Olympics Games in 2032. Infrastructure development, collaboration for Olympic legacy, an ambitious renewable energy plan, and cost of living relief for Queenslanders also featured prominently in his proposed agenda.
Palaszczuk's Resignation and Endorsement
Palaszczuk's resignation came amid declining popularity and mounting calls for her to step aside. In her resignation, Palaszczuk referred to having 'run a marathon' and expressed the need for renewal. Despite a challenging final year, she defended her record and endorsed Miles as the best candidate to succeed her, signaling continuity within the state's Labor Party.
Steven Miles: A Rising Figure
Miles, 46, has been a controversial but rising figure in state politics since his election as the member for Mount Coot-tha in 2015. Known for his outspoken stance on lockdowns and border closures during the COVID-19 pandemic, and for his confrontations with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Miles has demonstrated a willingness to take on difficult challenges. As he prepares to step into a larger role, his track record and vision for Queensland's future will undoubtedly be under close scrutiny.